All-time great Taylor to be umpires’ guest speaker

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Former England and Derbyshire wicketkeeper Robert (Bob) Taylor is to be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Bassetlaw Umpires Association.

It will be held at the Cuckney Cricket Centre on Langwith Road, Cuckney, on Saturday, 3rd February, from 2.30pm.

A spokesman for the association said: “If you were to compile a list of the top five wicketkeepers of all time, Bob Taylor would almost certainly be in it.

“Everyone is invited to come along and see one of the greatest exponents of his trade that has ever lived.”

Taylor played in 57 Test matches for England from 1971 to 1984 and would have topped the 100 mark had he not been playing at the same time as Alan Knott.

Taylor also made 27 one- day appearances for England in the one-day game.

He still holds the world record for dismissals — 1,649, made up of 1,473 catches and 176 stumpings, in his 28-year career that ended in 1988 with a final first-class appearance at the Scarborough Festival.

Although he was not regarded as a great batsman, Taylor scored 12,065 first-class runs with a highest score of 100 against Yorkshire at Sheffield.

He also holds another world record as he took 60 catches off the bowling of all-rounder Ian Botham in Test matches, the highest ever combination of wickets by a pairing.

In 1977, Taylor was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year.

Taylor was president of Derbyshire between 2009 and 2011.