IMG_3309-300x225Right-hand batsman; Wicketkeeper.

Woody, who joined Melton together with his big mate, Mark Scott in 2008 is, without doubt, one of the club’s best-ever acquisitions.  A Yorkshireman, and a barrister by profession, he moved to Norfolk in the early 1990’s and has proven to be a top order batsman of quality having scored runs consistently at Alliance level, firstly with Coltishall, and then Norwich and Coltishall Wanderers CC. In his first season at Melton he quickly established himself as the first team’s opening batsmen, and back to back centuries against Beccles and Bungay demonstrated not only his ability but also his fitness and concentration. His 575 runs at an average of 73 earned him the accolade of the Norfolk League batsmen of the year, but also Melton’s player of the season and he comfortably held on to the trophy for five successive years until young Chris Greenslade upstaged him in 2013.   Although he did not play much in 2015, Woody made a welcome return to regular action last season and was again the First Team’s Player-of-the-Year with with 392 runs at an average of 49 plus 22 victims behind the stumps.  In nine seasons Woody has made 138 appearances for Melton, scoring an incredible 5111 runs at an average of 49.14, including 10 centuries and 31 fifties.  He has been a major reason for the First Team’s promotions under, first Mark Scott, then Richard Waddell and it’s no coincidence that in 2014 and 2015 when Woody hasn’t played so much, the 1sts have struggled. His reputation as a rather dour Yorkshireman has taken a knock recently – his marriage to Hilary has seen to that – but he remains  a fiercely competitive and committed player who rarely sells his wicket cheaply – an attitude some of younger players would do well to copy.   After taking something of a mini-break from cricket and playing a bit of golf, Woody is very much back in the fold and has volunteered his services as Secretary when J.B. retires at the end of the season.