2014_Mann SamRight hand batsman; Right-arm off-spin bowler; Wicketkeeper

All at Great Melton are delighted that Sam, a talented attacking batsman and wicketkeeper, has with his brother Ben, returned to Great Melton from Old Buckenham after 7 years away.  The Mann’s originally joined the club from Cringleford at the beginning of 2003 and Sam was Player of the Year for both the Under 15s and the B Team in his first season and won the Under 17s trophy in 2004. So far during his 8 seasons with Melton Sam has played 235 matches, scored 4039 runs, with a highest score of 125 not out, and he has been involved in 137 dismissals, either caught or stumped or bowled.  Sam has some talent for off-spin bowling but it is in the role of wicket-keeper batsmen that Sam first earned promotion to Melton A and, sometimes the First teams as well as getting into the County Under 16 and Under 17 squads before deciding, with his brother, to sample higher-level Alliance cricket at Old Buckenham.  Some highlights of his Old Bucks career were a Sunday League century against Thetford in 2008 and 113 for Old Buckenham A against Narborough in 2009.  Very much an individual and a snappy dresser he normally has a variety of scarves and bandanas and is the only Melton cricketer to wear a trilby to a club quiz night – and get away with it.  Like Ben, Sam is a popular lad and an extrovert personality who has a passion for drama and is a member of Old Buckenham players. We loved his impromptu Jungle Book song at the 2014 Beer Festival.   He used to ask lots of stupid questions – still does – and we have to remind him to call us by our Christian names rather than ‘Mister…’   Still, he’ll add a fair bit to the fines ‘pot’. Having not kept wicket regularly in recent seasons, Sam would like to get the old gloves back on again but, whichever role he performs he’s a talented cricketer.