Level 2 Coach; Right-hand bat; Right-arm medium-pace bowler
Ryan first ventured down to Melton Park in 2007 with his younger brother Daniel and Hethersett mate Jake Mardell where the 3 of them spent hours in the nets practising their skills. It certainly paid off as, having struggled to even make the Under 15s in 2007, Ryan finished 2008 playing in the C or B Teams before earning a regular place to the A Team and the senior Sunday side in 2010. Despite his nickname, ‘Wayward’ , his bowling improved enormously and, in 2010, he bowled more overs than anybody else – 245 – and took the most wickets – 37. Having completed his degree at London Metropolitan University, Ryan lived and played his cricket in Cambridgeshire whilst training to be a teacher but returned to Norfolk and rejoined Melton at the beginning of 2015. He played in the 1st, A and Sunday Teams in 2015 & 2016 taking 39 wickets but, recently, he’s struggled with his bowling and played mainly in the B Team as a batsman. Ryan has always shown a willingness to get involved off the pitch. A Level 2 Coach, he is very good with the youngsters and, at the beginning of 2016, became the 3rd Melton ‘Young Volunteer’ to complete 100 hours of volunteering under the ECB’s V-Awards Scheme, mainly assisting with coaching on Tuesday and Friday evenings. He took on the role of Coaching Coordinator, first jointly with George Bunn, then, in 2018-19 on his own before stepping down at the 2019 AGM.
Stats (Up to & including 2020):
Appearances 258; Runs 1176; H.S. 45; Wickets 194; Catches 39