Billy Taylor (cricketer)

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Billy Taylor
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Taylor, middle of image
Personal information
Full name Billy Victor Taylor
Born (1977-01-11) 11 January 1977 (age 42)
Southampton, Hampshire, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium-fast
Role Umpire
Relations James Taylor (brother)
Domestic team information
Years Team
1999–2004 Sussex
2004–2009 Hampshire
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 54 142 37
Runs scored 431 191 22
Batting average 10.26 6.36 22.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 40 21* 12*
Balls bowled 8,412 6,311 713
Wickets 136 182 30
Bowling average 33.34 25.81 29.43
5 wickets in innings 4 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 6/32 5/28 2/9
Catches/stumpings 6/– 26/– 3/0
Source: CricInfo, 27 August 2009

Billy Taylor (born 11 January 1977) is an English First Class Cricket Umpire who was previously a professional cricketer.

He started playing for Hampshire during the 2004 season, before which he played for Sussex. While at Sussex, he had won the NCL PRO40 National League Trophy in 1999, the County Championship Division 2 in 2001 and the Frizzell County Championship in 2003, their very first season victory in the trophy's history.

Taylor, who also played for Wiltshire, has three hat-tricks to his name. He achieved one of his hat tricks during the Hampshire v Middlesex game and got a career best of 6 for 32, this was the first ever hat trick at the Rose Bowl ground. He was listed in the 2005 C&G Trophy-winning Hampshire squad and the 2009 Friends Provident Twenty20 Trophy winning squad. He received a county cap for Hampshire in 2006.

Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove announced on 27 August 2009 that the club had released Taylor,[1] ending his five-year tenure at the club.

In 2011, he was added to the England and Wales Cricket Board list of reserve umpires, the youngest at 37 years old, alongside Russell Evans and Alex Wharf.[2] In 2016 Billy was appointed to the ECB's Full Umpires List.

In 2017 Billy umpired the T10 Dubai League season 1 and in 2018 the Dubai T10 season 2, being selected to umpire the final.

Billy also umpires the American College Cricket Finals in Fort Lauderdale every March.

His brother, James, has also played List A and Minor Counties cricket for Wiltshire.


  1. ^ Hampshire release Taylor, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 27 August 2009
  2. ^ "Umpires list - 2011". Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011.

External links

Billy Taylor at ESPNcricinfo

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