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Full name Christopher Robert Taylor
Born February 21, 1981, Leeds, Yorkshire
Current age 33 years 193 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
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge