Richard (Leo) DeSalis
Right-hand batsman; Right-arm medium-pace bowler (Retired).
‘Salad’ has fully earned his “club legend” status having given sterling service to Great Melton for 31 years. Leo, as we all know him although he now prefers his original name, Richard, first played for Melton back in 1990 but, after a few seasons away, he returned in 1994 and, has been with the club ever since, the accuracy and consistency of his bowling propelling him to the top of the all-time bowling charts with an amazing 752 wickets. He has also taken 3 hat-tricks. In 2002 Leo set a new club record for the most wickets in a season when he claimed 38 victims in Division 6 and was named the division’s bowler-of-the-year. He added the Division 7 award in 2005. He is also a useful lower-order batsmen and scored his maiden 50 at Hingham in 2001. A really good clubman, Leo instigated the club’s fines’ system, has worked behind the bar and did an excellent job as Treasurer from 2014 until 2020. The rigours of bowling have taken their toll on Leo’s body over the years and he finally tells us he’s hung up his boots as well as his Treasurer’s calculator but he enjoys umpiring and scoring so we hope to still see him at Melton Park or the UEA.
Stats (up to & including 2020):
Appearances 562 (6th); Runs 2746; H.S. 69; Wickets 752; Best 5-4; Catches 120
A Team POTY 1997, 2002, 2014; C Team POTY 2010; Sunday POTY 2001; Aldous Clubman 1996