Taplow Cricket Club

Bringing English Village Cricket to life

The club is pleased that it has been possible to play some cricket this summer, with a shortened season in the Thames Valley Cricket League and Sunday friendlies as well as some colts coaching, all within the COVID guidelines making the activities safe for participants. We thank everyone involved in making this possible.

Unfortunately it is not possible to hold our usual range of events during the winter months under the current guidelines. Work will carry on behind the scenes to ensure that we are ready to start again next season.

We would be delighted to hear from anyone who might be interested in getting involved with Taplow Cricket Club.

Taplow Cricket Club has been part of the local community since 1850.

Playing at the top of the hill on the picturesque Ten Acres ground, the club currently runs two Saturday teams playing in the Thames Valley Cricket League and a Sunday eleven for all ages which plays competitive but friendly matches.

The club has a thriving Colts section which provides coaching for boys and girls age 6 and up, with an opportunity to get experience of playing in teams in junior league cricket.

The club is always interested in finding new players who may be interested in joining the club.

There are also opportunities for sponsors who might be interested in supporting the club.

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Club News

Annual General Meeting: The Annual General Meeting of Taplow Cricket Club is usually held in mid-October.

The current Covid regulations mean that it is not possible to hold the meeting in the clubhouse as we usually do. The Committee has decided to postpone the meeting until the New Year and will keep the situation under review. If necessary, an online meeting could be arranged but this is not the current preferred option as some members may find this difficult. Once a date can be set, the Secretary will circulate details to members.

The AGM considers nominations for key roles, including the club Committee and captains and vice captains of the Saturday and Sunday teams.

For now, the current Committee members have agreed to continue in their roles to help the club carry on through the winter and be ready to resume cricket in the spring. There is much to be done behind the scenes – but sadly it looks unlikely that we will be able to hold the normal fund raisers.

The question of team captains and vice captains for next season will be dealt with separately to avoid delay and allow planning for next season on the field. Unfortunately, the player awards evenings will not take place this year.

Thames Valley Cricket League: A roundup of the league season can be found here.

Sunday team: A roundup of the Sunday matches can be found here.

Colts: The Colts season finished with a colts versus parents match on August 14, with the colts winning an enjoyable and well contested game. Details and videos can be found here.

100 Club: The October draw for the 100 Club has been made – see here. The winner this month was Stephen Squires.

The 100 Club will be continuing through the winter months, contributing much needed funds to the club whilst offering the chance of a cash prize.

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Matt Ratana

The Club was shocked and saddened by the news of the tragic death of Police Sergeant Matt (Matthew/Matiu) Ratana who was shot dead whilst on duty at Croydon.

Simon Wigmore alerted us that Matt played some games for Taplow Cricket Club in 1994 and 1995. The report from the Maidenhead Advertiser shows Matt and Simon playing together in a good win for the 2nds at Chalfont St. Peter in May 1995.

Matt had moved to the UK from New Zealand a few years earlier and had married Teresa Conway in Slough in 1992. The couple had a son, Luke, who played football for Burnham Juniors. The couple later separated, with his wife and son emigrating to Australia.

Matt joined the Metropolitan Police in 1991 and, in a distinguished police career, had acted as a protection officer for Princess Diana, the Queen Mother and former Prime Minister John Major.

Sport played a big part in Matt’s life. In New Zealand, tennis, rugby and football were his main sports. Moving to the UK he became involved with rugby here, playing some matches for the local Phoenix side and later playing for London Irish amateurs, before taking on his role as coach at East Grinstead.

From the Maidenhead Advertiser 12 May 1995

2002: a league and cup double

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