Full name Christopher Robert Taylor
Born February 21, 1981, Leeds, Yorkshire
Current age 34 years 282 days
Major teams Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 4 in
Education Benton Park High School, Leeds
Relation Brother-in-law - A Stead
|Last First-class||Lancashire v Yorkshire at Manchester, Aug 12-15, 2008 scorecard|
|List A debut||Yorkshire v Gloucestershire at Leeds, Sep 21, 2003 scorecard|
|Last List A||Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Derby, Aug 21, 2008 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Derbyshire v Lancashire at Derby, Jun 27, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Yorkshire v Lancashire at Leeds, Jun 18, 2008 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|8||Staffs||v Cumberland||Leek||9 May 2010||Other OD|
|23||Yorks 2nd XI||v Hants 2nd XI||Leeds||7 Sep 2009||Other OD|
|20||Yorks 2nd XI||v Lancs 2nd XI||Leeds||1 Sep 2009||Other|
|81||Yorks 2nd XI||v Glam 2nd XI||Barnsley||14 Jul 2009||Other OD|
|7||Yorks 2nd XI||v Notts 2nd XI||Leeds||30 Jun 2009||Other OD|
|32||Yorks 2nd XI||v MCC YC||Stamford Bridge||24 Jun 2009||Other|
|4||Yorks 2nd XI||v MCC YC||Stamford Bridge||23 Jun 2009||Other OD|
|168||Yorks 2nd XI||v Scotland A||Leeds||16 Jun 2009||Other|
|17, 8||Yorks 2nd XI||v Leics 2nd XI||Oakham||2 Jun 2009||Other|
|8||Yorks 2nd XI||v Leics 2nd XI||Leicester||1 Jun 2009||Other OD|
Chris Taylor made his first-class debut for Yorkshire in 2001, having come through the county's youth set-up. Taylor is a tall opening batsman whose maiden first-class half-century, against Surrey in 2002, took 195 minutes. He represented England Under-17 and Under-19 and was named as the Yorkshire CCC Supporters' Club Young Player of the Year in 1999.
He played in three matches in Yorkshire's Championship-winning season of 2001, but found opportunities limited and left for Derbyshire in 2005 to further his ambitions, despite having been offered a new contract at Headingley. At the County Ground Taylor enjoyed a decent first full season in the Championship in 2006 scoring close to a thousand first-class runs with three centuries, but it was on the one-day field that he really shone, as he finished second in the national one-day averages with 564 runs at 62.66.
Fittingly he scored a century on one-day debut for Derbyshire against his old county at Headingley, and in doing so became the first player in the county's history to score a hundred on first-class and one-day debut. That year he was named Derbyshire's one-day Player-of-the-Year and finished second in the overall Player-of-the-Year award, as well as being named the supporters Player-of-the-Year, which capped a fine season and fully justified his decision to move south. Derbyshire were quick to recognise these achievements and offered him an improved two-year contract in September 2006. In the same month, he founded his own academy - the Pro Cricket Coaching Academy to provide coaching across the Midlands and northern England.
Exactly a year down the line, Taylor asked to be released from his contract with immediate effect and he re-joined Yorkshire on a three-year contract from March 2008. Frustrated by a lack of first XI opportunities, however, he parted ways with Yorkshire a year before his contract with the county was due to expire in order to focus on his business interests.
Sam Collins January 2010
Plus: most runs in a Test by a New Zealander, and c&b by the same bowler twice in a Test
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