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Saturday

Match Report
Date:24th April 2004
Opponents:Royal Ascot
Match Type:Friendly - 45 overs Win/Lose
Venue:Taplow
Weather: Warm, sunny
Result:Taplow won by 144 Runs

Taplow win the toss and decide to bat. The wicket played well and the sun was out. Jeremy Palmer and William Midlane set about the Royal Ascot attack scoring at an even 6/over for the first 20 overs. Taplow lose their first wicket on 118. The remainder of the innings is just a question of how many can Will Midlane score with his first knock of the year. He scored freely against all the Ascot bowlers and chancelessly overtook his previous best score. His total of 162 n.o. comprised 24 fours and 3 sixes. All the other Taplow batsman spent useful time at the crease.

The Ascot innings stuttered early on. Happily for Taplow, Chris Batt’s bowling seemed unaffected by the recent injury to his hand, the metal pins having just been removed from his fractured finger. After being reduced to 35/3 Ascot then decided to occupy the crease and ignored the formidable target. Taplow tried all possible options to get Ascot playing a few shots but Metcalfe and Davies seemed content just to get their half-centuries provoking calls from the rest of the Ascot side for a chance to have a bat themselves! To no avail. Taplow won the match by 144 runs. Well done William Midlane for a tremendous start to his season.

Andy Bond

Sunday

Match Report
Date:4th July 2004
Opponents:Thame
Match Type:Maidenhead Advertiser Sunday League
Venue:Thame
Weather: Cloudy, rain showers
Result:Taplow won by 25 Runs (adjusted target)

Taplow win the toss and decide to bat. The innings started quietly as Uden and Palmer had to cope with some tight and lively bowling from the Thame openers. Uden had to retire briefly as a result of a painful blow to his midriff only to see his replacement, Chris Paskins, caught brilliantly to a one handed catch at slip just 3 balls later. The innings soon folded to 59 for 5 when Merry bowled a 3 wicket maiden in his fourth over. At the halfway stage Taplow found themselves on 71-6 and facing a miserable early trip home. Andy Mills and captain Andy Bond had different ideas though. In the following 16 overs they put together a fabulous hard hitting partnership of 148. The Thame bowling and fielding fell apart in the face of the mounting onslaught. It was only until the final few overs that Mills and Bond were dismissed, still with all guns blazing. Taplow finished on a very respectable 232-9 from their allotted 40 overs.

With renewed enthusiasm Taplow took to the field with a determination to make the most of their hard earned strong position. Thanks to impressive tight bowling from Dave Thornley and Laurence Brown Thame were only able to reach 30-1 after 9 overs at which point the heavens opened and the players scattered to the pavilion. 45 minutes were lost and Taplow felt a rare chance of a win over their illustrious opposition slipping away. Happily, the skies cleared, the sun came out and the game recommenced with a new target of 146 in 25 over innings.

Thornley completed a very tidy spell of 8-1-38-2 but it was Mohammed Nilam who ensured victory. In 8 overs he took 4-42 including taking the enormously valuable wicket of Parmar who was clean bowled as he tried to break free of the shackles Taplow had placed on the Thame batsman. Two neatly effected run outs sum up the quality of Taplow’s display and Thame closed on 116-8, 25 runs short of the revised target. And so Taplow had achieved their best and most improbable victory of the year considering the pedigree of the opposition and the appalling situation they found themselves in earlier on.

Andy Bond