Chairman; ECB Level 2 Coach; Executive Committee & Junior & Coaching Sub-Committee Member; Village Hall Management Committee Chairman; Right-hand batsman; Right-arm bowler (occasional!)
Called simply ‘Chairman’ these days, but remembered as ‘Bungers’ by older members, Steve is one of the founder members and the driving force behind the club. Aged 69, he is still enjoying his cricket after a 46-year career – 37 of those as Chairman – and tops the appearance list as he inches ever-closer to 1000 games for the club. He was “never much good at anything other than fielding” according to him and his ‘bucket’ hands have certainly held a club record number of catches for an outfielder, but his runs and wickets and the fact that he has captained every senior team, have undoubtedly played a major part in the club’s success story. The highlights of his long career were his only century, at Hales in 1997 and his straight six of the penultimate ball to win the EDP Cup against Cromer in 1999 but he has Norfolk League winners’ medals for Divisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 1A and 2A and 3 League Cup winner’s medals. He was the club’s first Player of the Year in 1978, and has picked up numerous other club awards over the years. Often blamed for the ridiculous length of committee meetings, the Chairman is not one for staying quietly in the background and is famed for his rhymes and raps at club dinners. An ECB Level 2 coach, the flourishing Junior Section and the club’s standing in the County are testament to his drive and enthusiasm. His service to cricket meant that, in 2005, he and his family had the honour of meeting the Queen at one of her Garden Parties; he was nominated for an OSCA (Outstanding Service to Cricket Award) in 2005; in 2009, he received a Sky Sports Award for services to coaching on the pitch at Trent Bridge; and in 2019 he received an award from the NCB for outstanding service to cricket. The Phoenix family are at the heart of Great Melton C.C. Steve’s father Robert, who died in 2006, was instrumental in helping the club acquire and develop Melton Park; his brother, Mike, is groundsman; his wife, Celia, Welfare Officer and son, Olly, and daughter, Lucy, have both played for the club. Steve was a teacher at Wymondham High School for 36 years before his retirement in 2011 and was well known in the County as a footballer with Wymondham Old Boys and Wymondham Sunday. Always one of life’s ‘doers’, as well as being Chairman Steve is also a trustee for the ground; Chairman of the Village Hall Management Committee; coaches; helps with the junior teams; deals with Clubmark accreditation; liaises with the schools; organises the Junior Festival; writes match-reports; organises trophies and much more besides! Now a grandfather of 4 he is beginning to relinquish some of his cricketing responsibilities but will be a hard man to replace when he eventually decides to call it a day!
Stats (Up to & including 2020):
Appearances 986: Runs 11894; H.S. 100*; Wickets 381; Catches 446
1st Team POTY 1978; A Team POTY 1996, 1997; B Team POTY 2004, 2005, Clubman 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010; Aldous Special Award: 1989; Aldous Clubman Award 1988, 1995, 1998, 2001.