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A toast to David at Mellis

PUBLISHED: 09:19 19 May 2009 | UPDATED: 11:05 12 July 2010

David Williamson's 400th appearance for Mellis Cricket Club was celebrated before the start of their Hunts County Bats League match against Hadleigh on Sunday.

David Williamson's 400th appearance for Mellis Cricket Club was celebrated before the start of their Hunts County Bats League match against Hadleigh on Sunday.

He was presented with a tankard and a bottle of one of his favourite tipples, Aspall cider, with which to christen it.

Williamson was one of the small group behind the rebirth of Mellis CC in 1991 and has been the lynchpin of the club ever since.

Before the Hadleigh game he had scored 5,293 runs at an average of 22.5, with a top score of 153 and 17 other 50s (in the latest game he was not called on to bat).

But it is with the ball that David has excelled. He is the club's leading wicket taker with 674, at an amazing average of 11.46.

His leg spin consistently bamboozles opponents and he has achieved 27 five-wicket hauls, with a best return of 7-18.

He has also represented Suffolk in the county's Over-60's side. Most recently David has been instrumental in the club's move to the new ground on the Thornham Estate.

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