Grenville Ireland

Assistant Groundsman; Village Hall Representative; Ground Sub-Committee Member; Right-hand batsman; Right-arm slow bowler (retired).

‘The Silver Fox’ joined Melton from Hardingham in 1991 and has proved to be one of the best ‘signings’ the club has ever made. A consistent performer with bat and ball, mainly for the A and B Teams, Grenners has also been a stalwart committee-man and, as assistant-groundsman, has played a huge part in the development of Melton Park into one of the best grounds in Norfolk. He has also been A Team Captain, represents the cricket club on the Village Hall Management Committee and was Treasurer for 20 years from 1994 until he ‘retired’ in 2014. He was Norfolk League Division 1A Bowler of the Year in 1999 and won a host of club awards before, aged 64, and having made a comeback from knee surgery, the ‘Silver Fox’ finally decided to hang up his club cricket boots.  He then surprised us all by travelling all over the country to play for Norfolk Over 60s, something he continued to do until 2015 when his body finally said ‘enough’! His record is impressive: 342 appearances; 4306 runs at an average of 20.19;  451 wickets at a miserly average of 12.23 (placing him 6th in the overall list of leading wicket-takers); and 116 catches. Although he’s supposedly ‘winding down’ a bit, he’s still a vital cog in the Melton wheel and his continued work on the ground undoubtedly contributed to his winning the Aldous Special Clubman award in 2019.

Stats (Up to & including 2020):

Appearances 342; Runs 4306; H.S. 107; Wickets 451; Catches 116

Senior Awards:

A Team POTY 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001; B Team POTY 2010; Clubman 1993, 1994, 1996. Aldous Clubman Award 1993; 2011, 2014, 2019


We are based at Melton Park in the grounds of Melton Hall

Address – Hall Road, Great Melton, NR9 3BJ

Two Pitches, Two Lane Modern Net,
Main Pavillion with Male, Female and Umpire Changing Rooms, Toilets, Bar, Kitchen, Parking.

Roll-On Covers, Wooden Sightscreens, Electronic Scoreboard, Fully Enclosed Pitch

We welcome visitors, families and dogs.

There is ample parking, refreshments, snacks, gorgeous views and fantastic cricket available all season.