Claire Taylor is a Wicketkeeper and a Right handed batsman with the England National Women’s Cricket team. She has also played for the Thames Valley Women’s team.
Claire Taylor made her debut in International cricket in a One day International match against the Australian women’s team at Southampton in 1998. Taylor could only score one run and was caught by Belinda Clark off a ball by Jodi Dannatt. Australia went on to win the match by 8 wickets. The following year in 1999, Taylor player her first test match against the Indian Women’s team at Shenley. In the first innings she scored 11 runs and was caught behind the wicket by Anju Jain off a ball by Kalyani Dhokarikar. In the second innings, she was dismissed for a duck by getting caught by Anjum Chopra off a ball by Purnima Rau. The match ended in a draw. In 2006, in a match against India at the Lord’s stadium, Taylor became the first women to score 100 runs at the Lord’s and even set the record for the highest limited over score of 156 runs surpassing Vivian Richard’s 138 not out record at the grounds.
In a total of 102 One day Internationals, she has scored 3287 runs with a high score of 156 runs not out. This also includes 7 centuries and 17 half centuries with 36 catches and 5 stumpings. Claire Taylor also has a total of 1008 runs with a high score of 177 runs in the 14 test matches that she has played.
Fleming Banking Women’s Player of the Year, 2001.