Richard joined Melton in 2011 when he moved to Norwich from the North East. Previously a one-club man, he grew up playing for Benwell and Walbottle. where his grandad and his uncles were heavily involved. Nicknamed ‘Tricky’ (from Tricky Dicky) Richard represented the club at every senior level. He was in the 2nd Team from the age of 14 and, having made his 1st Team debut as a 15-year-old, was turning out regularly for the Firsts by the time he was 18, winning the Most Improved Player award. His best bowling figures for Benwell 1st team was 5-19 and his highest score 69 although he did score a century(107) for the twos. He also represented Sunderland and Northern Universities from 2004-2006. A Level 1 coach, Richard managed Benwell under 18s for 3 years, was on the club committee for 5 years and First Team Captain in 2010. In his first season at Melton Richard made a huge impact, topping the 1st Team bowling averages, bettering his best-ever figures with 6-42 and taking 31 wickets as the Firsts won the Division 3 Championship. Largely a ‘hit the deck’ sort of bowler, he struggled a little during 2011’s soggy summer and, with lots of weddings to attend and a new addition to the family, he only managed to play in 9 league games but he was back with a vengeance in 2013 where his astute captaincy, 223 runs and 17 wickets helped the 1st team gain promotion to the heady heights of Alliance Division 1. After a difficult year in Division 1 which saw the Firsts relegated, family commitments, including the birth of a second daughter meant that cricket has had to take a back seat for Rich who stood down from the captaincy and only played a handful of games in 2015 and 2016. When he is able to turn out, he makes a huge difference to the First Team both in ability and character. Rich has played 80 times for Melton scoring 1075 runs at 19.54, with a highest score of 78, and taking 88 wickets at 25.71. He’s prepared to do his bit off the field too. A new practice/coaching structure for the seniors was one of the innovations of his time in charge and he was instrumental in setting up the club’s Social & Fundraising Committee, comprising largely of senior players.
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