July began with league defeats. On 3 July, the first eleven lost at Sulhamstead, while the seconds were beaten at home by Cookham Dean. It was good to see Libby Barton at Taplow and acting as scorer for the game; Libby had the advantage of knowing all of the players, having connections with both Taplow and Cookham Dean!
On 4 July, there was a rare result of a Tied match in the Sunday game with White Waltham. In a game reduced to 30 overs, White Waltham batted first and reached 145-5. In reply, Taplow reached the same score, 145-6. Dale Barton top scored with 75.
The following weekend saw rain delay the start to matches, resulting in reduced overs – and two drawn games. The first team drew away to Boyne Hill and the second team at home to Kew.
On 11 July, the Sunday team lost to Kidmore End by 14 runs.
The following weekend saw defeats in the league – the firsts at home to Finchamstead and the seconds away to Beaconsfield. The Sunday match against the Stage XI almost fell victim of the “pingdemic” with people being “pinged” to self isolate by the Test & Trace app. The game was saved by Taplow “lending” the Stage three players so that the game could go ahead – with the match ending in a draw.
Further league defeats followed. The firsts lost at White Waltham while the second fought hard against leaders Harpsden, scoring 204 with captain Ed Atkins top scorer with 67.
The Sunday team came up against a strong Harrowdene team, who won by 88 runs. The Taplow team included a number of “father and son(s)” – Pete and Ethan Duckworth, Chris, Freddie and Harry Hoy, and Paul and Amar Dade.
July went out with more wet weather. The home league match with Royal Ascot was abandoned. The second team, playing away at Hillingdon Manor, did get a game, losing by four wickets but with another improving performance.