2002 was another successful season for Taplow Cricket Club. In the Chilterns League both the first and second elevens won their respective divisions, as well as winning the League Cup.
The Chiltern League was then split into separate divisions for first and second teams, and the first team found themselves playing in Division 2 of their competition having been relegated the previous season.
For the First XI, Simon Goodrham led the batting averages with 553 runs in the league, including 100 not out against Great Hampden at home. Chris Batt was the stand out bowler taking 67 league wickets including 8 “5-fers”, and 9 wickets for 10 runs in the away match at Great Hampden. The report from the Maidenhead Advertiser noted:
The odds must have been on the left-arm seamer taking all 10, but one of the home club’s players had gone home with a headache at tea – obviously sensing what was to come.
For the seconds, Andy Mills was top scorer, including a knock of 141 away at Littlewick Green. Mike Bradley (45 wickets) and Simon Wigmore (41 wickets) were top wicket takers in the league.
There was an unusual incident reported at the Amersham Hill match, where Mike Bradley was shot as he celebrated taking a wicket!
In the Chilterns League Cup, wins against Wraysbury, Cookham Dean and Braywood took Taplow into the final against Penn & Tylers Green.
Sad news for the club was the death of club President John Midlane in July, which was marked by a Presidents’ Day match on August 26, which featured West Indies players Jimmy Adams, Richie Richardson, Phil Simmons, Stuart Williams, Junior Murray and Sherwin Campbell. Both sides scored over 300, with Junior Murray top scoring with 71 and taking 3-25.
The Maidenhead Advertiser printed a fine study of Simon Christy in action against White Waltham:
The following summaries were compiled by Chris Paskins and first appeared on the old Taplow Cricket Club website.
First team results:2002-First-Team-Results_compressed
Second team results:2002-Second-Team-Results_compressed
Third team results:2002-Third-Team-Results_compressed