Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast
Birth Place: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
High Score: 80 (v Kent 2016)
Best Bowling Figures: 6-61 (v Lancashire 2015)
Date of Birth: 21/12/1994 (22 years old)
Sponsored by: UK Sepsis Trust
The Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby graduate Tom Taylor signed his first professional contract in 2014, before signing an extension in 2016 until the end of 2017.
Taylor broke into the first-team early on in 2014 and made his first-class bow in the county’s first victory of the season, when they defeated Leicestershire in June. Despite being a specialist bowler, it was with the bat where Taylor impressed on debut. He scored 40, during an important partnership with centurion David Wainwright, to help his side to a vital win.
He had to wait until the next game against Surrey to take his maiden first-class wicket and it was a wicket to remember, removing South African captain Hashim Amla.
Despite being only 19, Taylor cemented his place in the Derbyshire line-up and secured his maiden first-class five-wicket haul when he returned figures of 5-58 to lead his side to victory over Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.
He continued to impress for Derbyshire and took his red-ball form into the Royal London One-Day Cup, where he bowled well before suffering an unfortunate injury at the start of August which ruled him out for the remainder of the 2014 season.
Taylor claimed career-best figures of 6-61 versus Lancashire in the opening fixture of 2015, before going on to make nine first-team appearances over the rest of the season.
He started the 2016 season as one of Derbyshire’s strike bowlers, and scored his high score of 80 against Kent, before he suffered a back injury that would rule him out for the rest of the season.