Secretary; Executive Committee Member; Right-hand batsman; Wicketkeeper.
Woody, who joined Melton together with his close friend, Mark Scott in 2008 is, without doubt, one of the club’s best-ever acquisitions. A Yorkshireman, and a barrister by profession, he moved to Norfolk in the early 1990’s and has proven to be a top order batsman of quality having scored runs consistently at Alliance level, firstly with Coltishall, and then Norwich and Coltishall Wanderers CC. In his first season at Melton he quickly established himself as the first team’s opening batsmen, and back-to-back centuries against Beccles and Bungay demonstrated not only his ability but also his fitness and concentration. His 575 runs at an average of 73 earned him the accolade of the Norfolk League batsmen of the year, but also Melton’s player of the season and he comfortably held onto the trophy for five successive years until young Chris Greenslade upstaged him in 2013. Although he did not play much in 2015, Woody made a welcome return to regular action in 2016 and was again the First Team’s Player-of-the-Year with with 392 runs at an average of 49 plus 22 victims behind the stumps. He has been a major reason for the First Team’s promotions under Mark Scott, Richard Waddell and Olly Harris and it’s no coincidence that in 2014, 2015 and 2018, when Woody hasn’t played so much, the 1sts have struggled. The ‘dour Yorkshireman’ in him translates into a fiercely competitive and committed player who rarely sells his wicket cheaply. 10 centuries places Woody 2nd in the all-time list behind Alan Ely. Richard also came to the rescue when our long-standing Secretary John Burdett stepped aside, and has taken over the Secretary’s duties since the start of 2018.
Stats (Up to & including 2020):
Appearances 182; Runs 6233; H.S. 131*; Wickets 1; Catches 112; Stumpings 38
1st Team POTY 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016; Aldous Special Award 2012