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2,000 Not Out for Ivor Chaplin
1964 – The Beatles pick up their first US Number One single, Nelson Mandela begins his 27-year prison sentence on Robben Island, BBC 2 goes live, and a young Ivor Chaplin walks through the gates of Brentham CC, pencil in hand, to score his first game for the The Trees.
On Saturday 15 July 2017, Ivor will score Brentham's 1st XI away game at Winchmore Hill, his 2,000th consecutive game for Brentham CC. The occasion will be marked with a trophy presentation to commemorate this incredible feat of longevity.
After a three-year apprenticeship in the second-team, Ivor made his first-team scoring debut in 1967 and thus celebrates his half-century with the 1s this season as well. Since the formation of the Middlesex County Cricket League in 1972, Ivor has scored all 758 1st team league matches to date.
In 2014 he completed 700 consecutive League matches at which point the Score Box was named after him at a ceremony attended by former Brentham member and Ashes winning captain Michael Brearley. Brearley compared Ivor’s scoring feat with the leading wicket takers in International Cricket. Only Muttiah Muralitharan’s tally of 807 now stands ahead in front of Ivor but the gap is closing fast with Ivor set to reach 765 by the end of the season, just 42 shy of Murali’s record.
Ivor's astonishing achievements over the years has been recognised by one award after another. He is an Honorary Vice President of both the Middlesex County Cricket League and Brentham Club. In 2014 he was awarded the Middlesex Outstanding Service Cricket Award as well as the UK Outstanding Sports Official prize. He was nominated in 2005 and 2014 for a cricketing OSCA, presented at Lord’s, finishing runner up on the latter occasion. Perhaps the most prized opportunity was being invited to score at Lord’s for a MCC v CCC match in 2015 to add to his appearance at Lord’s with Brentham in 1972.
Club President David Bloomfield said: “Ivor’s achievement is an unbelievable one and something that is unlikely ever to be equalled. Club Cricket is full of people who volunteer their time The Cricket Club has already recognised his unparalleled service to the Club by appointing him as a Life Vice President.
Umpire's Appointments Officer, Matti Watton, said, "Congratulations Ivor on your remarkable achievement, which has rightly been recognised. It is a pleasure to umpire Brentham matches and you make them doubly entertaining".
Publicity Officer, Neville Kent, added, "2,000 consecutive games is astonishing. Ivor's commitment and passion is magnificent and he is a fantastic ambassador for cricket. Many congratulations Ivor".