County news August 28, 2015

Taylor borrows car to sleep off cup triumph

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Brendan Taylor celebrates a century on his Notts championship debut © Getty Images

Brendan Taylor , the former Zimbabwe captain who abandoned an international career to play county cricket, caused consternation by falling asleep in an unlocked car after his celebrations of Nottinghamshire's progress to the semi-finals of the Royal London Cup went haywire.

Taylor had to be woken by police after a Nottingham man opened his unlocked Chevrolet Matiz to find him sleeping off a long night.

The Nottingham Evening Post described how Michael Whitaker, a business development manager from West Bridgford, close to Nottinghamshire's Trent Bridge ground, had stumbled across Taylor upon leaving his home to go to work.

Taylor had taken refuge in the car after becoming disorientated several hours after Nottinghamshire's quarter-final victory against Durham.

The police were called before an amicable solution was reached. "I did not know what to do," Mr Whitaker told the newspaper. "Someone I didn't know had fallen asleep in our car. An officer tried to wake him up and when he came round, he was dazed. It was the most bizarre situation I think I have ever been in.

"I don't think he knew where he was but he was very apologetic and it quickly became clear that it was very innocent. Realising who it was made it even funnier because how often do you find an international cricket star asleep in your car?"

Nottinghamshire have yet to make a statement on the incident.

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  • wasim on August 29, 2015, 14:40 GMT

    Has to be one of the funniest stories in recent cricket history. We don't really hear of such things anymore related to the game. Of course the days of Test cricketers having a night out is nonexistent these days. Anyone read this link...

    Read the story of A and R. Definitely worth a read.

  • Steve on August 29, 2015, 13:17 GMT

    Did Taylor party alone? Didn't any of his partying buddies saw his state and call for a taxi or offer to let him stay overnight? Glad he at least slept off in a car, not on some sidewalk!

  • ZCF on August 29, 2015, 12:43 GMT

    @TRENTBRIDGE Taylor certainly has problems it seems. Definitely overweight and unprofessional. He was used to having his way in ZImbabwe but at Notts he's been shifted around the batting order & dropped a lot for the limited overs(which he hasn't had much success in), given the gloves and had them taken away frequently. He had a great start to the County Championship too, but with a lot of the seamers now fitter and obviously match fit he hasn't been having it all his way, so unfortunately he can't refuse to open like he did for Zimbabwe either. But this is a hilarious story and I wouldn't read too much into it though. If he pulls through this entire County season - his first over there - I expect him to be a key player for Notts for the next 2-3 seasons.

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2015, 10:25 GMT

    "Nottinghamshire have yet to make a statement on the incident" and hopefully they won't bother to either!

  • Mark Taylor on August 29, 2015, 8:50 GMT

    as a Notts member I am glad they had a good celebration after a great win against Durham and a week without a game. though what does worry me is that when you go out drinking with any body you should make sure everyone gets home safe. Also who leaves their car unlocked over night.

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2015, 7:12 GMT

    Brendan Tailor Made Micheal Whitaker A Big Celebrity Over Night By Sleeping In His Car.

  • Xiong on August 29, 2015, 3:50 GMT

    @trentbridge11 What, where did that come from? Is there something I'm missing or are you inferring he has problems from this incident? Seemed to me that moving to England and having a regular paycheck could only have helped him compared to playing for Zimbabwe and I can't recall his weight ever being an issue. He fell asleep in a car while drunk after celebrating a win, who cares? It's not like he drove a car drunk, stole the car, ran anyone over or ran away from police. Who cares.

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2015, 3:33 GMT

    Leave them alone. They're human after all!

  • Johnathon on August 28, 2015, 23:55 GMT

    Poor guy, seems like they party really hard in the county cricket circuit

  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2015, 20:56 GMT

    Its interesting footballers will party all night but our cricketers have such a modest lifestyle..............

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