Latest nets update - nets will take place at Totteridge Millhillians CC on the following Thursdays - 16th March, 30th March, 6th April from 7.30-9.00pm.
The AGM and Awards 2016 extravaganza was held on Thursday 17 November at the Prince of Wales Alehouse in Highgate village. For notes/minutes and full list of award winners, click here: AGM/Awards 2016
18 Taverners gathered at a ridiculously early hour at Gatwick on Friday 30 September to fly out to Lanzarote for this year's overseas tour. It was another great success and Tavs even managed a tour win on the Saturday. The Lanzarote team could not have been more welcoming and accommodating, and special thanks go to Jack Talbot who was the main organiser on the island and helped make the whole trip go so smoothly. Lots of notable performances on - and off - the field, but special mention to Barry Milligan who bagged his 200th Tavs wicket on the Saturday and to Dom Danos who hit yet another century in the same game. Squad pic below.
The traditional end of season battle between the Captain's XI and Vice Captain's XI took place at Totteridge on Saturday 17th September and what an absolute classic it turned out be. Set a target of 287 to win by skipper Jeremy Smith's side, Pete Thompson's VC's XI chased it down with a 6 from the final ball of the game from Dom Danos, who finished on 182 not out and proved once again that he is sheer class. After the game, Alan Browning received his 100 appearances award from our very own El Pres, David Burden (pic below). A great day was rounded off in style at The Wrestlers in Highgate, with around 50 Tavs and partners in attendance until the early hours...
The honours bats have been under assault over the past few weeks! Congrats to the following for some outstanding individual performances:
Sam Smith hit 126 against Highgate CC, his third ton this season. Joe Quinn then smashed 131 against N2 at Totteridge (also his third century this season) in a record Tavs score of 362, before Jeremy Smith (5-16) and Matt Thomas (5-28) both bagged five-fers in the same game. Alan Browning scored his second century of the season against Battersea Bandits, finishing 100 not out, but topping them all was the Tavs all time leading run scorer Dom Danos, who in the same game smashed the individual record score, hitting 196 not out and just missing out on the magical double ton. Well done to all.
The Tavs made the now annual pilgrimage to Cambridge over the weekend of 9th/10th July for the UK mini tour and games against Grantchester and The Philanderers. Full report to follow, but congratulations in the meantime to Alan Browning for getting on the honours board once again with a match-winning century in the game against Grantchester.
Another game and another Tav joins the hallowed ranks of the 100 Club. Congrats to the Tavs very own Dr Feelgood, Mark Blunden, who made his 100th appearance against the London Itinerants at Barnes on Wednesday 6 June. Doc received his award from T20 skipper Matt Thomas after the game (pic below).
The legend that is Adam 'the Reverend' Pervoe joined the Tavs 100 club on Saturday 25 June in a hastily rearranged fixture against Chaseville CC. Congrats to the Rev on his 100th appearance, we look forward to many more! Here is the self-proclaimed 'Earl of Twirl' receiving his award from Pete Thompson.
Two more additions to the honours board were celebrated in the game against Down Under Dragons on Sunday 19 June, John Beckett taking a five-fer and Joe Quinn hitting his second ton of the season in only his second appearance. JB finished with figures of 5 for 30 off 7 overs and Joe on 116 not out. Tavs went on to comfortably win a game played in the best of spirits, with two Tavs - Phil Stubbs and Doc Blunden - kindly guesting for the Dragons to ensure the game was able to go ahead.
Another special achievement to celebrate.Tavs stalwart Richard 'Redser' Horton finally made it to 100 appearances (after 2 years in the nervous nineties) with his appearance in the T20 against Beamers on June 9 at North Mid. Pic below of Red receiving his award from JB.
Joe Quinn returned from injury to make his season debut on Sunday 5 June against Bohemians and despite declaring himself 'rusty', went on to hit a quickfire 128 in a mammoth Tavs total of 301. Unfortunately it wasn't mammoth enough, the Bohos opening pair putting on a brutal stand of 301 for the first wicket and running out comfortable winners! Click link opposite for full details.
Another first for the Tavs at Old Elizabethans on Sunday 29 May when 3 members of the same family featured in the same team. Tavs stalwart Mark Sewards was joined by sons Alex and Daniel for the game against OEs. Alex scored an important 30, Daniel's catch took Champagne Moment and dad…well, less said the better ;-) Picture below.
Well done to Sam Smith who followed up his 100 against Archway Ladder (see below) with another ton in our first ever Friday night T20 against Irregulars. Sam scored 111 not out, Nelson not proving unlucky in this case as Tavs went on to win by 25 runs.
A few more early season congratulations to record. Sam Smith became the second Tav to hit a ton this season in the victory over Archway Ladder, scoring 113. This gamealso marked Pete Starkings' 100th appearance for the Tavs and Pete celebrated with a knock of 69 to continue his excellent early season form. Phil Stubbs then got into the act with a five-fer against APCC in a close encounter which Tavs edged in the final over. Stubbsy also scored 34 opening the innings to add to his 5 for 14 off 8 overs to complete a very good all around performance. Well done to all.
Congratulations to Matt Thomas who scored a typically quickfire 100 in a high scoring thriller against old foes Shakespeares on Sunday 8 May at Totteridge. Matt was eventually out for 116 and also took 4 catches and a stumping behind the timbers, along with a runout. A good day at the office for Thommo. Tavs eventually won what was a brilliant game of cricket in the final over. For full report click link opposite.
The 2016 season got off to a damp and chilly start at Totteridge CC on Sunday 24 April, but despite the conditions we had a full 35 over game against our landlords, played in the best of spirits. Report opposite.
The second incarnation of the Tavs annual darts competition - or to give it its full name, Highgate Taverners' Invitational World Championship of Darts - was held at Totteridge Millhillians CC on Saturday 16 January. A dozen players battled it out on the oche for nearly 7 hours with J 'B&B' B eventually edging out defending champion Pete 'The Heart of Dartness' Thompson in a tense final to lift the Steve Beaton Cup. In the fiercely contested Plate competition, Baz 'Smooth Shaft' Milligan beat another defending champion, John 'The Crystal Skull' Thompson to carry off the crockery. Big thanks to Petes Thompson and Starkings for organising the day and to Debbie from Totteridge CC for putting up with us! Pics below of the competitors and the victors celebrating back in Highgate afterwards.
The Wall of Shame in the Prince of Wales is now fully updated - see pic below. As always, huge thanks to Terry Verney for organising the plaques and preparing the bats. Thanks also to Chris Ely for his continued support of the club.
A lively and very well attended AGM and Awards evening was held at the Prince of Wales on Thursday 26 November. Link below to minutes and full list of award winners.
There is no stopping Joe 'the mighty' Quinn. After setting a new Tavs individual record score of 172 not out earlier this season, Joe beat his own record with a magnificent 185 not out on Sunday 27 September in the final domestic game of the season against the Irregulars at Totteridge. Report opposite (click link) for full details.
Tavs are in the news! Click link for article in the Hampstead and Highgate Express ahead of our end of season tour to Rome, where we will be playing against the Vatican's very own cricket team, St Peter's CC.
22 Tavs gathered at Totteridge on Saturday 19 September for the annual battle for bragging rights between the Captain's XI and Vice Captain's XI (see report, link opposite). Captain Jem was victorious this year, his XI ending up comfortable winners by 7 wickets with Pat Tripp the star of the show with an unbeaten 93. The good natured game was followed by a mammoth fines session, BBQ and the proceeds of the season's fines subsidised the bar for the evening. The day was rounded off back in Highgate village where the hard core partied into the wee hours.Many thanks to everyone at Totteridge Millhillians CC, who have been great landlords this season, for hosting us.
Congratulations to Sam Smith who scored a superb 100 in an outstanding 10 wicket victory over North London CC on Saturday 12 September (full report opposite, click link). Sam ended on 124 not out and was ably supported by Pat Tripp in an unbeaten partnership of 198.
Alan Browning became the latest member of the 100 wickets club on Sunday 16 August. Alo took 4 wickets against Abdul Aziz and reached the milestone with his second victim in that game. Alo, who is in the form of his life with bat and ball, then went on to hit this second ton of the season in the thrilling victory over Shakespeares on Sunday 6 September at Springfield Park. Congrats!
A couple of significant Tavs milestones were reached in the final T20 game of the season against Old Cholmeleians at North Mid CC on Tuesday 4th August. Barry Milligan became the Tavs top all time wicket taker, surpassing Jerome Pilley's long standing 162. Baz took two wickets to take his tally to 164. John Beckett then reached 100 Tavs career wickets following Bazza's spell, a 2-fer taking JB to 101. OC's went on to win a close encounter by 8 runs but it didn't dampen the celebrations, awards and raucous fines session afterwards at the Meghna curry house in Crouch End.
Tavs headed off to Cambridgeshire on the weekend of 11/12 July for the now annual UK mini tour to the lovely village of Grantchester. A great time was had by all despite resounding defeats to Grantchester CC on the Saturday and Philanderers CC on Sunday and we thank both teams for their hospitality. Full report to follow in due course but see below for one highlight, the collapsing of Swinders' tent early on Sunday morning. Ollie McGuinness is also in there somewhere…
Another first for the Tavs. The whole team were wearing the same style shirts for the first time ever for the game against Beamers at North Mid CC on Sunday 5 July. Pictorial proof below.
Not to be outdone by the Mighty Quinn, Alan Browning became one of an elite group of Tavs to appear on both honours bats with his maiden Tavs century in the T20 against Irregulars on Tuesday 30 June at North Mid CC. Alo hit 12 4s and 3 maximums in a classy knock of 102 off just 62 balls. Tavs went on to win the match by 35 runs and extend the current winning run to 6 games.
Congratulations to Joe Quinn who has smashed the Tavs individual high score record, scoring 172 not out against Down Under Dragons at Totteridge on Sunday 28th June. It was a magnificent knock, completed with a huge, towering 6 off the final ball of the Tavs innings, out of the ground and over the neighbouring houses and trees. Joe hit 24 fours and 4 sixes and faced 135 balls. It was also Joe's second ton of the season so far, following his 105 against Palm Tree 2 weeks previously. Tavs went on to win the game but not before a valiant chase of the 297 target by the Dragons. It wrapped up a good weekend following a 7 wicket win on Saturday over Princes Head at a sun drenched and busy Richmond Green.
It was Sixes time again with the always enjoyable UCS Old Boys tournament on Saturday 30th May. Tavs went one better than last year, losing a nail biting final on the penultimate ball. Pic of the magnificent 6 below (l-r, Jeremy Smith, Joe Quinn, Adam Pervoe, Gopal Iyer, Jack Malnick, John Beckett) and report from the skipper opposite.
Tavs season kicked off in style at our new 'home' ground, Totteridge Millhillians CC (pic below) on Sunday 26 April. Bohemians were the oppo for the curtain raiser and Tavs recorded a comprehensive win, with Gopal Iyer bagging an excellent five-fer. See report opposite.
The inaugural Highgate Taverners Darts World Championship, aka, 'The Dart of War'was held at the Dukes Head in Highgate Village on Monday 29th December. With fancy dress, walk on music, and a 'top quality' field, the PDC event taking place up the road at Ally Pally was well and truly overshadowed by this momentous tournament. Congrats to Pete Thompson who lifted the Steve Beaton Cup after a tungsten marathon lasting seven hours. Well done also to JT for securing victory in the Plate. Thanks are due to Pete Thompson, Pete Starkings and Mat Thomas for their superb organisation, the owners and staff of the Dukes Head for providing a terrific venue, great ales and food and last but not least to all the Tavs who made the effort to attend, get into the spirit and make the day a resounding success. See photo gallery for more pics of the day.
The AGM and Awards Evening on Thursday 13 November was the usual lively and fun affair. Click link below for full list of award winners.