1967 – ‘Gambler’ Taylor Helped by Yorkshire’s Hutton

It was all change again in 1967. David Taylor took over the first team, Ian Cowper the seconds and Leslie King, proving the clubman he was, became third team skipper for two years.

Taylor was always ready to take a gamble which everyone appreciated, sometimes it even paid off! A quick-scoring opening bat with a strong off-drive despite a childhood foot injury, he used to direct operations from short extra cover. Poor fielding received immediate castigation but good play always got a mention. If the other opener got bogged down, Taylor would always ‘give it a go’.

He was helped that year by his sometime flat-mate and former England and Yorkshire player, Richard Hutton, who headed the Club’s batting averages. Off the field he was quiet-spoken, on the field Taylor sometimes had to hold him in check!

Leg-spinner. Chris Hawkins, epitome of accuracy, took 42 wickets at just 8.95 runs a piece, while his sister Rita, for many years a ‘regular fixture’ for the seconds box, kept the score.