To read the Chairman’s Report, the First XI reports and statistics and Second XI reports and statistics please see here.
In the Chiltern League, both the first and second teams finished in 11th place in their respective divisions. The First XI won 3, drew 7 and lost 4 with one match abandoned. The Second XI record was won 2, drew 8 and lost 4, again with one match being abandoned.
Outside of the league season, a number of friendly matches were played at the beginning and end of the season.
On 6 May, Taplow played Burnham – the Windsor Express headline was “Burnham battered” with Burnham dismissed for 70, and Taplow winning without losing a wicket.
Outstanding bowling from Nick Heaton with figures of 10 overs, six maidens, five wickets for four runs. Later in the season, Nick recorded 9-52 against Birkbeck. He finished the season with 34 wickets at an average of 13.50.
Taplow’s outstanding batsman of the summer was Graeme Paskins, who ended the season with 1,847 runs. His top score was 142 againsts Bagshot, scored in 33 overs and including seven sixes and 14 fours. He scored two other centuries and and twelve other fifties.
Graeme was a winner of the Hunt and Nash batting award presented by the Maidenhead Advertiser, while Nick Heaton was a winner of the bowling award.
Not to be outdone, Graeme’s father Keith scored a century in a match versus the Cricket Society.
Graeme went on to score more than 10,000 runs for Taplow – a figure passed by his brother Chris in 2012 (though in slightly more games played).
For the Second XI, captain Kevin Dolan picked out a Chilterns League match against Wooburn Narkovians as the best game of the season – although it ended in an unlikely draw. Narkovians batting first declared on 272-1 after 43 overs – leaving Taplow 47 overs to reply. Eric Lark and Scot Bradley shared an opening partnership of 142 before wickets began to tumble, but Taplow held on to score 249-9 for a draw.
It was also the season that saw Raymond Lock retire as Club President after 17 years, as he had moved to Scotland. The new President was John Midlane, who with his wife Iris and son William became the new residents at “Wickenden”, the house overlooking the ground.