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Brian Taylor (cricketer)

Brian Taylor (19 June 1932 – 12 June 2017) was an English cricketer who played for and captained Essex.[1]

Brian Taylor
Personal information
Full name Brian Taylor
Born 19 June 1932
West Ham, London, England
Died 12 June 2017 (aged 84)
Nickname Tonker
Batting Left-handed batsman
Role Wicketkeeper, Batsman
Domestic team information
Years Team
1949–1973 Essex
First-class debut 7 May 1949 Essex v Cambridge University
Last First-class 31 August 1973 Essex v Nottinghamshire
List A debut 22 May 1963 Essex v Lancashire
Last List A 2 September 1973 Essex v Warwickshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 572 108
Runs scored 19093 1837
Batting average 21.79 18.74
100s/50s 9/82 1/3
Top score 135 100
Balls bowled 57
Wickets 1
Bowling average 30.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/16
Catches/stumpings 1084/211 93/22
Source: CricketArchive, 15 June 2017

Known as "Tonker" Taylor for his forthright approach to batting and his evident enjoyment of the game, Taylor was a high-class wicketkeeper who was thought of in his early playing days as a potential successor to Godfrey Evans as England's keeper. He was named as Young Cricketer of the Year in 1956 by the Cricket Writers' Club, his first full season, though he had made his first-class debut seven years earlier. He toured South Africa with the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) side in 1956-57 as understudy to Evans, but did not feature in any of the Test matches as Evans had one of his most brilliant Test series.

In the event, his left-handed batting did not develop as much as had been hoped, and the Test call never came. But Taylor still had a long and distinguished career in county cricket. From 1961 to 1972, he played in 301 consecutive County Championship matches for Essex, and he captained the county from 1967 to 1973, when he retired. Under his captaincy, Essex assembled the nucleus of the young team that was to bring the county its first-ever trophies in the years after Taylor retired.

In all cricket, Taylor made 1,294 dismissals, which puts him seventh on the all-time list of wicketkeepers. He also made more than 19,000 runs in a total of 572 first-class matches. He was selected as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1972. He was a Test selector for England from 1973. He took part in the first cricket tour of Bangladesh when MCC visited in 1976-77.

He also played football with Bexleyheath and Welling and Deal Town in the Kent League and Southern League.

He died in 2017.[2]


  1. ^ "Brian Taylor". Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  2. ^ Brian Taylor

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