Right-hand batsman; Right-arm bowler
‘Chefy’ now lives in Andover so his appearances for Melton are limited to the club tour or the Six-A-Side Festival but the former Great Melton Cricket Club webmaster still takes a keen interest in the club. Chefy joined Great Melton midway through the 2002 season and, after captaining the U17s and establishing himself in the Sunday side, he became more regularly available on Saturdays as well. First Team Skipper Mark Scott took a gamble on picking Chefy for the Firsts and it paid off, his flamboyant attacking style often putting opposition bowlers on the back foot. He was a key member of the double championship-winning side and remained in the firsts up until 2014 when his work took him away from Norfolk. Probably the club’s foremost ‘pinch-hitter’, his 2 innings’ of 83 not out for the 1st Team against Hardingham and 83 in 54 balls against Sprowston A, plus his top score of 130 against Mattishall in 2014, perfectly illustrate the destructive nature of his batting. An athletic and enthusiastic fielder, he also fancies himself as a bit of a bowler and his strange wrong-footed action can often get the ball to swing. Chefy severed one of his fingers in an accident at the beginning of the 2007 season leading to a host of ‘digit’ jokes and the nickname ‘kit-kat’, but his accident did not keep him out of action for long. D.J. Chefy also organised and provided the music for the club’s festivals and is always warmly welcomed back to Melton Park.
Stats: Appearances 319; Runs 5599; H.S. 130; Wickets 52; Catches 106
Senior Awards: Sunday POTY 2012; Aldous Special Award 2010; 2014