W.W. Tayfield retired on 15 NovemberNov 2020 (during season 44) aged 37.
Originally transferred to Anti-Inertia as the club's best ever youth batting prospect, W.W. Tayfield eventually became the fourth best in a list that boasted H.W. Wearne, S. Joy and T.W. Coetzee. A certainty to have a stellar career, Tayfield was continuing to impress in the nets with an exquiste fielding ability to boot.
Tayfield eventually found himself as one of the older members of the club's future XI. His role was seen as a supporting role to the likes of S. Joy and T.W. Coetzee and as such was likely to see senior selection only once most of the rest of the future XI had. However, when N.I. Gilligan announced his retirement after round 3 of Season 30, with the club having three losses, Tayfield was called up to make his debut. The rest of the future XI were still playing OD at the time, having just qualified for Tier 1.
- FC: Season 33-38, 81 matches, 5,579 runs @ 43.2, 33 catches
- OD: Season 33-38, 75 matches, 2,210 runs @ 32.0, 23 catches
- 2nd XI: Season 34-38, 7 matches, 155 runs @ 77.5, 1 catch
- 2 x CC Oceania 50 Over: Season 35, 37
- 1 x FC Most Runs: Season 36
- 2 x OD Most Runs: Season 34-35
One of the more complete players going around at the top-level due to his sublime batting against all types of bowling and his athleticism in the field, Tayfield was somewhat starved of opportunities at Anti Inertia before making a short but successful stint at the Billy Goats. He arrived at his third big-name club, the Eagles, at the end of season 32 as the club rebuilt after having demoted to tier 2, and immediately proved a capable batsman with 890 runs at 40. His real delivery on promise came upon their return to tier 1 in the following season. Tayfield scored 1,196 runs at 63, playing a major role in giving a struggling bowling unit something to defend. His penchant for batting long periods of time was illustrated in a magnificent unbeaten 242 against Too Short for Chess, a personal best.
In the ensuing seasons, Tayfield remained one of the most dangerous batsmen in the competition. In seasons 35 and 37 he was less spectacular and yet still averaged around 40, while season 36 was a return to his best with a club-topping 1,139 runs in a disappointing season. However, in season 38 he suffered such a dip in form that he was dropped from the one-day side after six matches and, after failing to break his slump in the longer format, was dropped there as well and placed up for transfer - a sharp fall from grace for a batsmen who for much of his Eagles career was on pace to break O.T. Goulding's club record batting average of 45.51.
He finished his career at the Eagles with over 5,000 runs at an average of 43.2: excellent numbers by any measure. In the twilight of his career, he has performed consistently for Redwick Villagers as a senior player.
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Competition||Date|
|29||Redwick Villagers||v Dave's Daredevils||One day (50 over)||14 NovemberNov 2020|
|56, 1c||Redwick Villagers||v Cric Info XI||One day (50 over)||09 NovemberNov 2020|
|121*, potm||Redwick Villagers||v Welsh Warriors||One day (50 over)||08 NovemberNov 2020|
|29, 12, 1c||Redwick Villagers||v Easy Tiger||First class||03 NovemberNov 2020|
|26*||Redwick Villagers||v Adensty Destroyers||One day (50 over)||01 NovemberNov 2020|
|31||Redwick Villagers||v The Dutch Courage||One day (50 over)||25 OctoberOct 2020|
|57*||Redwick Villagers||v Easy Tiger||One day (50 over)||18 OctoberOct 2020|
|2||Redwick Villagers||v Fresh Starz||One day (50 over)||11 OctoberOct 2020|
|93||Redwick Villagers||v Honley CC||One day (50 over)||04 OctoberOct 2020|
|67*, 1c, 1ro||Redwick Villagers||v SYLHETY BOYZ||One day (50 over)||27 SeptemberSep 2020|