Christopher Robert Taylor
February 21, 1981, Leeds, Yorkshire
Right hand Bat
Right arm Fast medium
Benton Park High School, Leeds
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
Batting & Fielding