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