A season that ended on a tense afternoon at White Waltham – and a happy outcome.
The league season had started back in May with wins against Penn & Tylers Green and Chalfont St. Giles – but then followed a run of three draws, the last of which was against Littlewick Green who had won the league in the previous year. Form was restored with wins against White Waltham and Amersham Hill, but defeat to Littlewick saw Taplow down to third place. Further wins against fellow contenders Binfield and Chalfont St. Peter, with Javed Khan taking 7-30, saw Taplow back in top spot.
But the three-way battle went on. A draw with Denham and loss to Penn & Tylers Green let Binfield go back on top, with Wraysbury just two points behind in third place with two games left to go.
The following week it was all change again as Taplow won against bottom team Amersham Hill to take a two point lead over Binfield and Wraysbury … which meant a maximum points win at White Waltham would be enough to win the title. The Maidenhead Advertiser summarised the position as “too close to call”.
So it was a tense afternoon at White Waltham. Taplow lost early wickets and were on 22-4. Tafeez Kazim then took control, scoring 137, with partner Simon Goodrham on 45, to help Taplow to a total of 246, and then bowling White Waltham out for 154. With Binfield and Wraysbury both also collecting maximum points, the winning margin was just two points.
The second team also enjoyed a good season, finishing in second place in Division 3 to secure promotion.
Below is a summary of results and averages (click arrows at bottom of page to click through).Averages2014_compressed
It was also the year in which Andy Mills hit a record 240 not out in a Sunday match at Amersham Hill – see story here.