Full name Claude Hilary Taylor
Born February 6, 1904, Leicester
Died January 28, 1966, North Foreland, Sherfield-on-Loddon, Hampshire (aged 61 years 356 days)
Major teams Leicestershire, Oxford University
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
|First-class span||1922 - 1927|
Claude Hilary Taylor, who died on January 27, aged 61, achieved fame in 1923 when he became the first Freshman in history to hit a century in the University match.
From 1918 to 1922 he was in the XI at Westminster, rendering splendid service as a solid, stylish batsman with an eminently straight bat and as a leg-break and googly bowler. In his last season at school, when Wisden said of him that he had strong claims to be considered the best all-round school cricketer of the year, he headed the batting averages at 47.00 and was top of the bowling with 41 wickets for 12.73 runs each.
Going up to Oxford, he got his Blue in 1923 and, with an innings of 109, bore a big part in the overthrow of Cambridge by an innings and 227 runs. He played in the University matches of the following three seasons without achieving anything like the same success.
First playing for them in 1922 when at school, Taylor assisted Leicestershire till 1927, putting together four three-figure scores, the highest of which was 123 against Hampshire at Southampton in 1924--the only century obtained for the county that summer. After the Second World War, he appeared for Buckinghamshire. He was a master at Eton for many years and joint-author with D. H. Macindoe, another Oxonian and Eton master, of Cricket Dialogue.
Wisden Cricketer's Almanack
Thirty years ago England were battered, bruised, broken and blackwashed in the Caribbean