A slightly different story this week – looking at two record breaking scores from Taplow, both made against Amersham Hill at Amersham.
The first was from 1999. On 10 July, Australian Jeff Mooney scored 200 in a Taplow total of 335 for 6 – in a game that ended in a draw. Mooney’s total included 27 fours and five sixes, and beat the previous highest score by a Taplow player set by Graeme Paskins of 189.
The Captain’s Report (Mike Bradley and Chris Paskins) described the day:
The weather conditions were described as V. Hot which neatly described the Taplow batting. We got 50 after 8 overs, 100 after 14, 150 after 21 and 200 after 27. In a hundred over match when do you declare when this is going on?!
Jeff was doing most of the damage with his hundred coming off just 73 balls. James Brewer, playing his 1st XI since his knee injury a year before, was scoring well at the other end but, as Jeff passed 150 (and his 1000 for the season – it was still only 10 July) then 175, he slowed down to ensure no careless mistake could rob him of an extraordinary double century. 250 arrived in the 37th over, 300 in the 47th and then, in the final over of the innings and with Jeff on 199, James called for three; Jeff pulled up with a groin strain going for the third and collapsed in a heap. After five minutes he recovered sufficiently to push a single to give him his two-hundred in 168 balls. He was out next ball going for a league record of 202! We declared there on 335, the Club’s highest ever score.
In reply Russell Owens scored 84 in 55 balls and Amersham actually reached one hundred quicker than we did, but then wickets fell and with it their faint hopes of winning. Ross Dunlop (35-3) bowled well but it wasn’t enough to win the match. 621 runs had been scored for 14 wickets by the end of this amazing match.
The following week, Mooney hit 160 in a league win against Little Marlow – and then narrowly missed out on another century the following Saturday when out for 99 against Hurley in another league game. On 4 September, going into the final league match at Winchmore Hill, Mooney was looking for 24 runs to break 1,000 league runs for the season – and with a score of 135 he reached 1,109.
Jeff Mooney and Craig Windus were Taplow’s first overseas players, having joined the previous year in 1998.
Jeff’s score of 200 stood for many years but was eventually beaten by Andy Mills in June 2014 in a Sunday match, also played at Amersham Hill.
Before Andy went in, Taplow were on 17 for 2, Dale Barton (13) and Nick Heaton (2) missing out.
Batting with David Heaton, the pair put on 352 runs (the record partnership) with Andy Mills finishing on 240 not out (highest individual score) – including 32 fours, 12 sixes … and seven lost balls.
The page from the scorebook is displayed on the walls of the clubhouse.