Right-hand batsman; Right-arm bowler
It’s a real bonus for the club that ‘Chefy’ is now back in Norfolk after a few years living in Andover. He 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. Skipper at the time, Mark Scott then 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. Martyn also used his organisational and D.J. skills to provide the music for the club’s festivals. He stayed in touch during his brief sojourn away from Norfolk, joining us on tour and returning to play occasionally but now he’s here permanently he will be a valuable addition to the 1st Team squad and a real asset off the pitch where he’s already revamped the club’s website.
Stats (up to & including 2020):
Appearances 321; Runs 5646; H.S. 130; Wickets 55; Catches 107
Sunday POTY 2012; Aldous Special Award 2010; 2014