Sir Michael Parkinson XI edge thrilling win over Taverners XI
On Sunday the Sir Michael Parkinson XI overcome the Taverners XI in a thrilling fixture hosted by Maidenhead & Bray Cricket Club. Sir Michael Parkinson’s XI won the toss on a glorious day in Maidenhead, and made the most of their decision with some strong batting at the top of the order. Lloyd Scott made a run-a-ball half-century before being stumped off the bowling of Tony Matharu. His opening partner Darren Bicknell fell one shy of his half-century, being dismissed by Tatenda Taibu. Andy Caddick came in at three and built upon the platform laid down by the openers, his 54 coming off 27 balls, and featured four maximums. George Chuter and Nick Knowles added a further 15 between them as the innings came to a close and quick runs were required to help set a commanding total. The innings however, finished in style for the bowling side, with Jonathan Neame first dismissing Nick Knowles, before Jonathan Gordon offered a simple caught and bowled, and Mark Costin was caught on the hat-trick ball to round off a triple wicket maiden, and leaving the Taverners XI requiring 231 to win.
The Taverners XI were always going to struggle to chase down such a commanding total, but Steve Kirby and Gus Mackay set down a solid platform, making 28 apiece, Mackay’s explosive innings only taking nine balls! Jonathan Neame showed he’s a fine cricketer with bat as well as ball, making a breezy 48 off 40 balls, receiving support along the way from Tatenda Taibu (26 off 16) and Simon Francis (23 off 16) to leave the Taverners XI with a chance of victory. Unfortunately however, they fell just short, with the Sir Michael Parkinson XI winning by 11 runs.
The Lord’s Taverners would like to thank Maidenhead & Bray Cricket Club for hosting this fixture, as well as everyone who played and attended for their support. For more information on upcoming Lord’s Taverners events please click here. If you would like to see the full scorecard from the game then please click here.