Tay­lor set to re­turn home

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NOT­TING­HAMSHIRE County Cricket Club bats­man Bren­dan Tay­lor is to re­turn home to Zim­babwe with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

The 31-year-old has asked and been granted per­mis­sion to be re­leased from his con­tract due to ex­pire at the end of the 2017 sea­son for fam­ily rea­sons.

Tay­lor has played a key role in the Notts Out­laws’ NatWest T20 Blast and Royal Lon­don One-Day Cup white ball tro­phy dou­ble this sum­mer.

The right-han­der scored 351 runs in the T20 for­mat, in­clud­ing a vi­tal 65 against Birm­ing­ham Bears in a record Fi­nals Day part­ner­ship of 132 along with Samit Pa­tel, who hit 64 not out.

For­mer Zim­babwe in­ter­na­tional, Tay­lor, also ham­mered the club’s fourth high­est List A score of 154 in the Royal Lon­don 50-over quar­ter-fi­nal win at Som­er­set, con­tribut­ing 376 runs in that com­pe­ti­tion in all.

“I’ve thor­oughly en­joyed my time at Trent Bridge where I have made some fan­tas­tic friends among the dress­ing room and club staff dur­ing the three sea­sons I have been here,” said Tay­lor.

“Win­ning two tro­phies for Notts in th­ese past few months, in­clud­ing one at Lord’s, has been a real high­light in my ca­reer, and given me mo­ments that I will never for­get.

“But be­ing away from my wife and chil­dren has proven to be very dif­fi­cult for me and I have reached a point in my life where I must con­sider their needs.”

Harare-born Tay­lor first joined Not­ting­hamshire for the start of the 2015 sea­son and be­came the first bats­man in the club’s his­tory to reg­is­ter cen­turies in both of his first two matches, against Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity and Mid­dle­sex.

Di­rec­tor of cricket Mick Newell said: “We are ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed to lose Bren­dan given the sig­nif­i­cant im­pact he has had, but we also re­spect his wishes in re­la­tion to his fam­ily.

“I know he has given many mem­bers and spec­ta­tors great plea­sure with some of the su­perb in­nings he has played and we wish him ev­ery fu­ture suc­cess.” – Trent Bridge News

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