Right-hand batsman; Right-arm medium-pace bowler
A big-hearted player Gazza joined Melton from Rocklands in 1997 and was First Team Player of the Year the following season and again in 2002 before dropping down, first to the As and then, the Bs with considerable success. Ill-health and injury brought a premature end to the old “pit pony’s” career but he made a brief comeback for the Cs in 2019 where he recorded his best-ever figures of 7-22 in 10 overs against Topcroft B before announcing his ‘retirement’ a few weeks’ later. While his bowling now lacks the penetration it once had, Gazza’s accuracy has always given batsmen very little to hit and is still very effective at B or C Team level. Coulson’s caustic comments may have upset the opposition and sometimes his own team-mates in the past but the man, also known as ‘Slug Balancer’ or ‘Sluggy’, has enlivened many a tour – and Saturday afternoon – with his Northern wit and mastery of the fines system. Gazza has been known to slog like the best of tailenders and boasts a highest score of 45.
Stats (up to & including 2020):
Appearances 363; Runs 891; H.S. 45; Wickets 423; Best 7-22; Catches 55
1st Team POTY 1998, 2002; A Team POTY 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008