Right-hand batsman; Right-arm bowler
‘Widget’ has actually been with Melton since 2000 when he returned to Norfolk from Sheffield University. He opened the batting mainly for the A Team in his first few seasons but in 2004 he established himself as a First Team batsman scoring 285 runs at an average of 28.5 as well as playing a prominent part in the ‘firsts’ Norfolk League Plate victory over Old Catton. He continued as a first team regular in 2005 but, since then, has played mainly for the A Team, with the occasional 1st Team appearance. He enjoyed an excellent spell as A Team captain from 2011-2015 when, having led his team to promotion in his first season in charge, he was Player of the Year in 2012 with 334 runs and 18 wickets as his team just missed out on a second successive promotion. In 2013, with a much-weakened squad, he kept the A’s in Division 4 and, following an influx of new players, Melton A were the only undefeated team in the whole of the Alliance as they gained promotion to Division 3 as runners-up in 2014. In 2015 unavailability problems, mainly at 1st Team level, had a big impact on the A Team and, despite an excellent personal contribution from Lee (287 runs and 6 wickets) which won him a second Player-of-the-Year Award, they were relegated back to Division 4. Widge also captained the Mid-Norfolk League side for two seasons and, although he went back to his previous club Great Ellingham for his Sunday cricket in 2011, he swiftly returned to Melton. He will readily admit he’s not the sharpest fielder in the club but he, loves his cricket, always gives 100% and his slightly ‘bent-arm’ bowling has bamboozled many an opposition batsman and proven to be a lethal weapon in the past. A club stalwart and a regular ‘tourist’ Widge is now in the ‘top ten’ for overall appearances for the club with over 500 to his name.
Stats (Up to & including 2020):
Appearances 515 (9th); Runs 8818; H.S. 109*; Wickets 130; Catches 93
A Team POTY 2012, 2015; Most Improved 2004