Scotswatch | Taylor shines for Foxes in YB40

10 Jun

Rob Taylor

In a fixture where the pre-match build up had been dominated by the introduction of the youngest post-war county cricketer, Yorkshire’s Matthew Fisher, it was Scotland’s Rob Taylor who was star of the show for Leicestershire in the YB40 encounter at Scarborough on Sunday.

While a number of his international team-mates were being given a stern examination of their temperament by an Ashes bowling line-up in Edinburgh, Taylor was starring for his county in front of 3,400 spectators as he turned in a fine performance with bat and ball for the Foxes.

Yorkshire had initially made a competitive 258 in their innings, with Taylor bowling opener Phil Jaques for 19 followed by the dismissal of limited overs England internationalist Adil Rashid in the same fashion to end with figures of 8-1-40-2.

He also took the catch at long-on to dismiss danger-man Joe Sayers after he had looked well set on 58.

Speaking to Cricket Scotland this afternoon Taylor said, “I was happy with the way it went yesterday, when I went in to bat we knew that Liam Plunkett only had a few overs left and they would have to get one of the youngsters bowl the last, so we always fancied it.”

Rob TaylorTaylor ensured his team would complete a dramatic last over as he fittingly struck the boundary to give his team victory – finishing unbeaten on 48.

It was a fixture that would have almost certainly have featured Scotland seamer Iain Wardlaw had he not been released by Yorkshire to play against the Australian outfit in the capital earlier in the week. The fast-bowler will be hoping to make his County Championship debut this week following his selection in the Yorkshire squad to face Middlesex at Lord’s tomorrow.

As for Taylor, he will be hoping to continue his fine form against Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer and teammate David Murphy in Leicestershire’s home fixture against Northants tomorrow. 

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