Taylor doubles up to star in Banbury win

Former England Test star Paul Taylor had an outstanding match, with a century and six wickets, as Banbury inflicted a first defeat of the season on second-placed Read- ing.

In his relatively new position of opening batsman, Taylor was on the field for all but five balls of the match, sharing two major partnerships in the Banbury innings.

The first was with Craig Haupt, as they added 102 in 22 overs for the second wicket. Haupt hit 52 from 66 balls with nine fours.

The middle order came, scored a few and departed as Taylor stood firm before finding an ally in namesake Calum Taylor.

The pair added 62 in 11 overs for the seventh wicket before the former England man fell to the first ball of the last over. His 122 took 187 balls and contained 18 boundaries.

The visitors were soon in trouble in reply as Banbury bowlers Ian Adams and Ollie Murrey reduced them to 39-3 inside ten overs.

Neil Winspear, who hit 166 against Banbury earlier in the season, and Tod Fray were in the process of rebuilding the innings when Paul Taylor struck after tea.

The left-arm seamer, who had bowled well with little luck recently, picked up 3-2 in 13 balls on his way to final figures of 6-21 in 11.2 overs.

So Banbury ran out winners by a massive 134 runs and with almost 12 overs to spare.


C Smith b Aeri…2

P Taylor c Kirk b Edwards…122

C Haupt c Hartley b Patel…52

R Kaufman b Hartley…8

S Beck c Fray b Patel…5

I Tew b Hartley…15

D Harding lbw Hartley…8

C Taylor not out…24

O Murrey not out…3


Total (7 wkts, 66ovs)…260

Fall: 1-2, 2-104, 3-125, 4-142, 5-167, 6-193, 7-255.

Bowling: Aeri 5-1-38-1, Edwards 9-2-25-1, Lansdale 7-1-22-0, Hartley 24-2-96-3, Patel 21-2-76-3.


J Perkins c Smith b Adams…1

S Shaw lbw Adams…14

D Barr b Murrey…6

T Fray lbw P Taylor…20

N Winspear b P Taylor…38

S Patel b P Taylor…8

P Lansdale c Harding b C Taylor…12

V Aeri c Harding b P Taylor…1

R Kirk b P Taylor…0

D Hartley c C Taylor b P Taylor…10

G Edwards not out…0


Total (all out, 42.2ovs)…126

Fall: 1-22, 2-35, 3-39, 4-91, 5-98, 6-105, 7-115, 8-116, 9-117.

Bowling: Murrey 10-2-39-1, Adams 10-2-27-2, P Taylor 11.2-4-21-6, Phillips 5-1-17-0, C Taylor 6-1-17-1.

Banbury 25pts, Reading 4

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