David Banks questioned the validity of David Taylor’s record-breaking triple century for Totton & Eling and declared: It was pointless.
Taylor – the Southampton club’s new first-team coach and captain – dropped down to the seconds for their division three clash with Trojans after his own premier division clash at Lymington was cancelled because of the weather.
The 37-year-old, who has played t20 cricket for Worcestershire and one-day games for Derbyshire, then smashed an all-time Southern Electric Premier League score of 330 not out at the Linden Oval.
He hammered a staggering 31 sixes and 19 fours in his 160-ball knock, which eclipses Will Prozesky’s 223 for Purbrook against Paultons back in 2005 as a new league record.
It is even believed to be a world record in 50-over recreational cricket.
Taylor led the development side – packed with youngsters – to 412 for three before Trojans were rolled out for 103, having been 17 for six at one stage.
Sarisbury skipper Banks, who spent 18 years with Totton & Eling, felt Taylor’s one-man show was not in the spirit of the league – especially as he is supposedly at Totton to help develop young players.
Banks, who has scored more than 5,000 runs in Southern Electric Premier League cricket, said: ‘If you are the captain and coach of the first team and you are trying to help youngsters, I’m not sure how batting for 50 overs and scoring 330 does that.
‘It seems a bit pointless to me.
‘I understand how you might drop down to the seconds if your game is off.
‘But I would have thought you might bat further down the order to let the younger lads have a go if you have been there and done it and played at a much higher standard in the past.
‘I wouldn’t have done it anyway. To be honest, I’m probably not capable of hitting 330 but I would have been a bit embarrassed.’
Taylor took on the role at Southern Gardens for the new cricket season – predominantly to help nurture young talent.
Banks said: ‘For him to even play, some young lad has missed out on the first day of the season and you wonder what message that sends.
‘I’m not sure it’s in the spirit of the league or the game.
‘Maybe he could have got 100 and then walked past one and got himself out?
‘I’m not going to slag the guy off because for anyone to hit 330 is some going.
‘But it just seems strange to me the captain and coach would want to do that.’