ECB Level 2 Coach (inactive); Right-hand batsman; Right-arm seam bowler
A larger-than-life character James, known as ‘Jambo’, ‘The Vicar’ or even ‘Buddha’, has been a real asset to the club on and off the field since moving to Melton from Vauxhall Mallards at the end of the 2012 season. His first action for Melton was helping the U14s to the final of the Lords Taverners indoor tournament at the UEA but, in 2013, he played for the U15s, helping them to the Quarter-Finals of the Andy Seeley Trophy. That season he also made his senior debut for the C Team. Not the fastest over the ground James is, nevertheless a good fielder with very safe hands and his slingy, wrong-footed bowling action looks awkward but is very effective. A regular in the Norfolk County sides up to the age of 15, he is also a hard-hitting batsman and he quickly progressed to the A/1st Team squad. Whilst at Wymondham College (where he became Head Boy) James was always keen to help out wherever needed around the club. He obtained his NCB Young Leader’s and Coach Support Worker’s qualifications and later achieved his ECB Level 2 Coaching qualification. He regularly assisted at Junior Coaching on Friday evenings, managed the U11s for a season and even took on the captaincy of the Sunday side in 2018. His popularity with the youngsters and commitment to the club was rewarded with the Alan Barnard Cup for the Young Volunteer of the Year in 2016. Unfortunately his job in retail (as a trainee manager with Marks & Spencer) now severely limits his cricket action – both playing and coaching.
Stats (Up to & including 2020):
Appearances 119; Runs 1184; H.S. 50*; Wickets 134; Catches 34