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NAME: Keith ‘Golden Arm’ Tay­lor AGE: 51 years young Club: Mud­dies ‘Blue’ Cricket Club

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

Why do you en­joy the gen­tle­man’s game of cricket?

It’s a game I grew up with, it’s a game of skill, tem­per­a­ment and con­cen­tra­tion and it’s a good so­cial medium to meet like-minded peo­ple. I’ll be play­ing footy and cricket un­til they nail me in a box.

What’s your most mem­o­rable mo­ment play­ing with the Mud­dies?

Win­ning the 2010 pre­mier­ship with the Mud­dies was the high­light and the low­light was get­ting my head split open in Ma­reeba, which en­tailed 16 stitches and three op­er­a­tions. I was field­ing when one of our guys bowled a full toss and this kid hadn’t hit a ball all day and made up for it with one. He hit me right in the fore­head and split me open. It was the most graphic things I have ever seen on a cricket field in all my life as a player and un­for­tu­nately I hap­pened to be on the end of it. I’m not bowl­ing much any­more, the shoul­ders a bit sore but the golden arm hasn’t seized up, it’s just not good enough at the mo­ment but I do help out the young guys with their bowl­ing.

Many crick­eters have se­cretly ad­mired your hair out on the field, which never seems to get out of place, what’s your se­cret? Did this de­ter you from step­ping out onto the field again?

No, the next week I was out there at Cazaly’s and put on a record part­ner­ship, we put on 140-some­thing runs and I ended up on 69 not out and I still had the stitches in my head.

What type of bats­man are you?

I’m what they call a team bats­man, I’m an an­chor man and I like to keep my wicket in­tact and bat as long as pos­si­ble and have other team mem­bers score around me so I don’t have wick­ets fall­ing at each end.

De­scribe your bowl­ing tech­nique

I get up and have a shower ev­ery morn­ing. I’m spon­sored by at least four hair gel com­pa­nies, hair sprays and dyes so I have to use the spon­sors’ prod­uct oth­er­wise they are go­ing to wipe me, I can’t tell you who, but it does work. It’s like the old say­ing, not ev­ery­one is good look­ing but you can al­ways look your best.

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