The First XI: Eleven questions with Neil Taylor


DOB : 18 June 1966.
Player type: Seam bowler.
Nationality: English.
Playing role: Opening bowler. Hard-hitting tailender.
Teams: Peterborough Town CC 1st, 2nd & Nomads. Swardeston 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4ths
Career best batting: 94 not out v Grimston CC.
Career best bowling: 10-17 v Barnack CC 1985.

  1. What is your proudest cricket achievement?
    Coaching a Norfolk County Age Group to Under 14 and Under 15 National Finals in 2011 and 2012. Squad included Callum Taylor, Matthew Taylor, Lewis Gooderham, Freddie Ruffell and Tom Oxley.
  2. Who is the best cricketer you have played with?
    My ex-opening bowling partner, Ajaz Akhtar (500 Minor Counties wickets).
  3. What is your favourite ground other than The Common?
    Trent Bridge.
  4. What one tip (advice) would you pass on to our juniors?
    Have fun.
  5. How did your love of cricket blossom and develop, do your family or relatives play?
    Watching my dad play for the British Legion 2nd XI in Nottingham aged six years.
  6. Do you have a nickname, and if so please explain its significance?
    The Galley Oarsman. David Horrex (The Goon) said my bowling action reminded him of a galley oarsman.
  1. Which team-mate has the best taste in clothes?
    Don Drepaulsingh.
  2. Which team-mate is the tidiest in the changing room?
    Peter Thomas and Kevin Cooper.
  3. Which team-mate has the best taste in music?
    Stuart Bartram.
  4. In your opinion who is the funniest player at the club?
    Not Miffy! Probably me – he’s a chip off the old block…
  5. What other sports do you enjoy playing and would recommend to youngster to play and which may complement their cricket?
    Anything that’s aerobic as cricket makes you unfit – too much standing around, followed by a big tea.


  1. Neil Taylor my nemesis! He would come in with Runcton just edging the match and with just a few balls of my final and last over of the match he would snatch a victory for Peterborough with at least two enormous sixes!

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