One thousand matches for Melford stalwart Martin

Long Melford Cricket Club stalwart Martin Maxim played his 1,000th game for the club at the weekend — and is now targetting 1,500.

The 52-year-old began playing back in 1973 at the club’s old ground, having only been asked to fill a gap from helping to score.

But he never looked back from that day and has now bowled more than 6,800 overs with nearly 1,100 maidens, taking 1,400 wickets.

Following his landmark game, for Long Melford II 
in their Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Six eight-wicket home defeat to Braintree II, 
he still harbours hopes of making it to 1,500 games.

“I have to be honest and say I had not got a clue about it this year until I noticed the stats in the handbook,” he said.

“I was the first one to take 1,000 wickets in 1998, it is now 1,376.

“I want to get to 1,500 (games), but it is going to be at least another five years cricket and I’m not sure if my back will still be okay.”

He added: “I used to live next to the old ground that we shared with the football club at the time and I used to go and score with Harvey Florence.

“When they were short they asked me to play and that is how it began.”

Maxim has also scored 5,000 runs.