These were the contents of the site current at the start of the 2019 English season. Each item listed contains a link to the match report or article concerned. During the 2019 season priority is being given to writing match reports. Match reports will be found for virtually all 2019 matches, with the most recent at the top, on the home page of this site. They will normally appear within 24 to 48 hours of the end of the day’s play. They can also be located using the categories links and tags tabs in the right hand panel of the site.
SOMERSET CCC MATCH REPORT LINKS
County Championship 2018
20-22 Apr. Som v Worcs. Taunton. Som won by 83 runs. Day 1: Renshaw drives hard Day 2: Hildreth takes it away Day 3: At last
28-30 Apr. Som v Yorks. Taunton. Som won by 118 runs. Day 1: No play. Rain. No match report. Day 2: A century for lunch Day 3: Somerset’s Arctic expedition Final Day: Disciplined, determined, dominant.
4-7 May. Lancs v Som. Old Trafford. Match drawn. Day1: A giant falls Day 2: The balance shifts Day 3: Lancashire advance. Abell rebels. Final day: Horatius at the bridge
11-14 May. Som v Hants. Taunton. Match drawn. Day 1: A team emerging Day 2: Hildreth and Overton take the lead Day 3: The pitch has its say Final Day: Flashback. 2009.
9-12 June. Som v Notts. Taunton. Somerset won by 6 wkts. Day 1: Battle for the top Day 2: A force of nature Day 3: Match on the turn Final Day : In pursuit of the dream
20-22 June. Surrey v Som. Surrey won by an innings and 69 runs. Day 1: Pitch and Toss Day 2: Outclassed Final day: Reality
25-28 June. Essex v Som. Match drawn. Day 1: A sterling effort Day 2: Hard going Day 3: Keeping going Final day: Standing firm
22-25 July. Worcs v Som. Somerset won by 141 runs. Day 1: The embers tell the tale Day 2: 2018 tinged with 1976 Day 3: An air of certainty Final Day: Sigh of relief
19-22 Aug. Som v Essex. Taunton. Som won by 45 runs. Day 1: 1962 all over again Day 2: Bowled over Day 3: Of stable doors Final Day: A match for the ages
29 Aug-1 Sept. Yorks v Som. Headingley. Som won by 224 runs. Day 1: Cavalcade Day 2: Not too bad a day Day 3: Perfect day Final Day: Yorkshire outpaced
4-5 Sept. Som v Lancs. Taunton. Match tied. Day 1: 22 wickets and 298 runs in Stygian gloom Day 2: Four days tied up in two
10-11 Sept. Hants v Som. Southampton. Hants won by 6 wkts. Day 1: Seam from a distance Final Day: A test of class
18-20 Sept. Som v Surrey. Taunton. Match drawn. Day 1: Surrey on the road Day 2: Somerset under the weather Final Day: Fighting hard
24-26 Sept. Notts v Som. Trent Bridge. Som won by an inns and 146 runs. Day 1: Of genius and the sublime Day 2: Business end Final Day: “Winter well”
Royal London One-Day Cup (50 overs) 2018
18 May. Surrey v Som. The Oval. Som won by 8 wkts. Somerset rampant
Royal London One-Day Cup (50 overs) 2017
5 May. Glamorgan v Somerset. Cardiff. Som won by 170 runs. Somerset stun Tolstoy
8 Aug. Hants v Som. Southampton. Som won by 6 wkts. A Rye look at the cricket
10 Aug. Som v Surrey. Taunton. Som won by 4 wkts. A stellar match
16 Aug. Kent v Som. Canterbury. Kent won by 5 runs. A testimonial to good cricket
26 Aug. Quarter-Final Som v Notts. Taunton. Som won by 19 runs. Gregory’s game
15 Sept. Semi-Final Som v Sussex. Edgbaston. Sussex won by 35 runs. All Wright on the night
NB. Further T20 matches and List A 50 over matches will be added later in the winter. Priority is currently being given to adding the remainder of County Championship matches.
Return from Exile. The author describes his return to and love of Somerset and Somerset cricket. Return from exile
Articles – Somerset Cricket History
Cider and hops ~ 1967-83. A brief history of Somerset v Kent in one-day cricket 1967-83. Cider and hops ~ 1967-83
Sky view of the County Ground. A brief article on the staging of the T20 International at Taunton in 2017 as seen on television. Sky view
Articles – Somerset Cricketing Legends
Somerset Legends. Hallam Moseley. Reflections on a fine Somerset cricketer who burst on the Somerset scene in 1971 and lit up the County Ground and grounds all over the country for a decade. Somerset Legends. Hallam Moseley.
Articles – Somerset Cricket Memories
Memories. A Close run thing. The author recalls his experience of the classic Gillette Cup Semi Final against Kent at Canterbury in 1974. A Close run thing.
Memories. Greg Chappell and the elders. The format of the John Player League in its first season (1969) and of the first match attended by the author in which an 19-year-old Greg Chappell made an indelible mark. Greg Chappell and the elders
Memories. Maurice Tremlett imagined.The author describes how, as a young child, he imagined one of Somerset’s great captains before he had seen him play. Maurice Tremlett imagined
Memories. Two cricketing colossi. 1977. Brian Close and Basil D’Oliviera at Taunton in an age when age on the cricket field stood still. Memories. Two cricketing colossi
Memories. When the heavens wept. The 1977 Gillette Cup Semi-Final. A bizzare interlude in English and Somerset cricket history. Memories. When the heavens wept.
The ‘League of Nations’ and the Battle of the Shilling Ticket. 1959. Rebellion at the County Ground as Peter Wight carries his bat. Battle of the Shilling Ticket
SOMERSET CRICKET POETRY
A New Year wish. A gentle riddle encased within a poem. In the spirit of the season this one should not be too taxing. A New Year wish
April’s coming. A Somerset supporter’s journey through the empty days of winter. April’s coming
Floodlights at the County Ground. The ghost of Christmas future. As Somerset have floodlights installed at the heart of the 2018 festive season a vision of the future comes to visit… Christmas Day at the County Ground
Hildy. A poem which can be sung to the tune of ‘The British Grenadiers’. Hildy
Lament on Hallowe’en. On All Hallows’ Eve JC ‘Farmer’ White, the man himself, rises from his grave to raise questions about the proposed removal of the iconic St James Street gates, which were named in his honour, from the County Ground. Lament on Hallowe’en
On England’s 77 in Barbados. 24th January 2019. England bowled out for 77 by the West Indies. An acrostic case for a new batsman. On England’s 77
Pink Ball Blues. Or ‘The Batsman’s Lament’. A 12 line poem with 43 rhymes all consisting of the same word. A skitty ditty about the pink ball. Pink ball blues
Two Somerset Jacks. A poem linking two great Somerset slow left arm bowlers. Two Somerset Jacks
Contents list last updated 22nd March 2019. Page last reviewed 9th July 2019.