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Jun 13, 2017, 6:52 PM
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Best known as a cricketer, an aggressive wicket keeper/batsman who captained Essex from 1967 to 1973, but also played for Bexleyheath and Welling as a full back in the 60s, died yesterday aged 83. See http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2017-06-13/essex-cricket-legend-brian-tonker-taylor-dies/
Brian Taylor (Bexleyheath & Welling, Deal Town, Essex cricket)
(This post was edited by John Treleven on Jun 13, 2017, 7:10 PM)
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Jun 13, 2017, 7:06 PM
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Essex C.C. former captain Brian "Tonker" Taylor died 12th June 2017, aged 84.
He made 572 appearances for Essex 1949-73, second only to Keith Fletcher.
He was also named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1972.
He also captained the county from 1967 until he retired in 1973.
Taylor has the 7th highest number of wicketkeeper dismissals (1,103 caught & 191 stumped)
a record unlikely to be surpassed by an Essex player.
Scoring over 19,000 runs Taylor was popular with Essex supporters
playing exciting cricket with a variety of shots that led to his nickname.
After retiring Taylor became an England Test selector for 1973-74
before becoming involved in schools cricket.
Taylor 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 M.C.C 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 1961-72 he played in 301 consecutive County Championship matches for Essex,
and 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.
He took part in the first cricket tour of Bangladesh when M.C.C. visited in 1976-77.
He also played football with Bexleyheath and Welling and Deal Town in the Kent League and Southern League.
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Very sad to hear of Brian Taylor's passing. After he stopped playing footy and cricket he became a referee and I believe was a Class 1. I remember seeing him referee on the Essex Olympian League and everyone was chuffed that a former Essex Captain was appearing at their homely club. If I recall he was a very good ref too.