Gloucestershire deny Somerset approach for Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor
Taylor made his debut for Gloucestershire in 2000

Gloucestershire chief executive Tom Richardson has denied speculation that Somerset have made an approach for batsman Chris Taylor.

The 34-year-old, who has been at the club for 11 years, is out of contract at the end of the season.

Richardson told BBC Gloucestershire: "They certainly haven't discussed anything with us.

"We are keen to keep him and Hamish Marshall and we'll be working hard to try and do that."

He added: "It's a rumour that went round and Cheltenham [Festival] is usually is rife with rumours."

Taylor spoke out about his future last month and blamed the ground development plans at Nevile Road for the delay in signing a new deal.

Fellow senior players Marshall and Jon Lewis are also out of contract, although it was announced on Friday that Lewis will leave to join Surrey next term.

Meanwhile, Richardson has hinted that next year's Cheltenham Festival could be moved to avoid a clash with London 2012.

"We have to fit in with the fixture schedule but in an ideal world we'd like to move it a week forward," he said.

"We saw when the football [World Cup] was on last year the dreadful effect it had on Twenty20 and we don't want to be competing with the big events."