Coaching Coordinator; Level 2 Coach; Executive Committee, Junior & Coaching Sub-Committee Member; Right-hand bat; Right-arm medium-pace bowler
Having completed his degree at London Metropolitan University, 24-year-old Ryan lived and played his cricket in Cambridgeshire whilst training to be a teacher but returned to Norfolk an rejoined Melton at the beginning of 2015. A reliable and regular cricketer, Ryan is known mainly as a bowler. He played in the 1st, A and Sunday Teams in 2015 & 2016 taking 39 wickets. Ryan first ventured down to Melton Park in 2007 with his younger brother Daniel and Hethersett mate Jake Mardell where the 3 of them spent hours in the nets practising their skills. It certainly paid off as, having struggled to even make the Under 15s in 2007, Ryan finished 2008 playing in the C or B Teams before earning a regular place to the A Team and the senior Sunday side in 2010. Despite his nickname, ‘Wayward’ , his bowling improved enormously and, in 2010, he bowled more overs than anybody else – 245 – and took the most wickets – 37. He shows some potential with the bat and scored his first 50 for his Cambridgeshire club in 2013 – so he tells us! His highest score for Melton stands at 40. At the start of this season ‘Wayward’ had made 187 appearances for Melton, and taken 163 wickets but he’s struggling to master the art of catching! Ryan has also shown a willingness to get involved off the pitch. A Teacher and Level 2 Coach, he is very good with the youngsters and, at the beginning of 2016, became the 3rd Melton ‘Young Volunteer’ to complete 100 hours of volunteering under the ECB’s V-Awards Scheme, mainly assisting with coaching on Tuesday and Friday evenings. He has also – jointly with his mate George Bunn – stepped into the role of Coaching Coordinator vacated by Simon Carding and done very well. Partner, Ellie, is also always busying herself doing something at the club. Although trained as a P.E. teacher Ryan is currently teaching Geography down in deepest Suffolk.