Robert Meadows Lombe Taylor
December 21, 1989, Northampton
Left hand bat
Left arm medium
Rob Taylor acquired a place in Scottish cricketing folklore for his performance against Kenya in a critical World Cup Qualifier in January 2014. Taylor entered with Scotland 169 for 6, needing 92 from 12.5 overs to reach the third World Cup. His unbeaten 46, from only 37 balls, secured Scotland's passage to Australia and New Zealand.
Born in Northampton and a product of Harrow School, Taylor made his debut for Leicestershire's Second XI in May 2008 at the age of 18. But it was three years later when he was pitted against his own county that he began to make himself noticed. He compiled a match-saving unbeaten century as Loughborough MCCU secured a draw in a three-day match at Grace Road, quite a job application. On his first-class debut for Leicestershire against Surrey at Grace Road in August of the same year, he hit 70 in the first innings and took 3 for 53.
A left-handed batsman and left-arm seam bowler, Taylor completed his studies at Loughborough in 2012 and made significant contributions with the ball in both the CB40, in which he was the Foxes' leading wicket-taker with 11 victims, and Friends Life t20, where he had an economy rate of 6.91.
After a relaxation of Scottish qualification rules, Taylor gained a call-up to Scotland in 2012, on the back of his one-day appearances for Leicestershire, and established himself in the side as a No. 8 batsman and sometime opening bowler. He performed a similar role for Leicestershire, proving himself a useful cricketer in all three formats for the struggling county.
At the end of the 2012 season, Taylor completed a special journey in aid of Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS). He joined his father Olly, brother Harry and family friend Will Goodwin, on a bike ride from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for SOBS, who provided great support after the family tragically lost their wife and mother, Fee, in 2005. Taylor qualifies for Scotland on account of his late mother.
He was released by Leicestershire during the 2016 summer.
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