Nottinghamshire’s James Taylor became the tenth batsman to score a century on his first-class debut for the county when he compiled an undefeated 101 against Loughborough MCCU at Trent Bridge.
His second innings score was in stark contrast to the opening day of the match when he was dismissed by the first delivery he had faced.
After bouncing back with a ton, the 22-year-old England Lions captain was understandably delighted. “I’m obviously very pleased to have got a century on debut,” he said. “I just wanted to spend a decent amount of time in the middle and even when I’d got to thirty I was quite happy with how I was hitting it.”
Taylor had been 61 not out overnight but had put aside any thoughts of a three-figure score. “I just wanted to bat for time, hit some balls and get some practice in ahead of the Championship opener on Thursday. I wasn’t really looking too far beyond that but was pretty pleased with the way I was hitting it.”
Making the most of his opportunity, Taylor admitted that the first day of the game had been a pretty desperate day for him. “It’s never nice getting out first ball,” he said. “It was a decent delivery to be fair, although I should probably have got a bigger stride in. To then spend the rest of the day thinking about the runs you should be out there scoring wasn’t a nice feeling.”
To make matters worse from a personal point of view, Taylor’s first innings dismissal was followed by a massive 303-run fourth wicket stand between Neil Edwards and Riki Wessels, the sixth highest in the county’s history.
“I was so pleased for those two lads”, said Taylor. “They way they played and to put on so many runs was just awesome. It was a great day for the club but a shame I hadn’t made a contribution.”
That was put right in emphatic style, however, as Taylor brought up his own century from just 124 deliveries, with 15 fours.
His name is now added to the following list of nine other players who have also recorded a century on their Nottinghamshire debuts: Freddie Stocks, Keith Miller, Chris Broad, Mark Crawley, Jonathan Wileman, Jimmy Adams, Greg Blewett, David Hussey and Steven Mullaney.
Nottinghamshire declared their second innings as soon as Taylor reached his hundred, with an overall advantage of 670. Loughborough MCCU had reached 28 for 0 when heavy showers brought a premature conclusion to the contest.