All Wright on the night

T20 Finals Day. Second Semi-Final: Somerset v Sussex. 15th September 2018. Edgbaston.

I was one of those lucky enough to obtain a ticket for T20 Finals day at Edgbaston. A nailbiting wait and a lot of redialling in a hotel room in Leeds on the first morning of Somerset’s match against Yorkshire at Headingley. Then a coach journey as long as a T20 match and enough razzmatazz to relaunch Billy Smart’s circus. Not everyone’s idea of a good day at the cricket but I enjoyed it and not just for the razzmatazz. There was some startlingly good cricket too.

For anyone who can bear it here is my report on Finals Day as it happened. Or at least as I saw it which is not necessarily the same thing…Read More »

Contents

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SOMERSET CCC MATCH REPORTS

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP AND BOB WILLIS TROPHY

County Championship 2016

22-23 Sept. Som v Notts and Middx v Yorks. Reports on the Somerset experience of last two days of the season and its aftermath. County Championship 2016 ~ Championship Dream

County Championship 2017

Reports of Somerset’s gruelling 2017 Championship campaign. A season of desperate struggle to stay in the first division. 2017 matches are currently being added to the site on a weekly basis. Links to matches will be added here in due course. In the meantime matches already added can be located by using the 2017 County Championship Category in the maroon panel referred to above.

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”

For County Championship 2019, Bob Willis Trophy 2020 (there was no County Championship competition in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions) and County Championship 2021, please refer to the relevant category in the maroon panel where links will be found to every day of cricket played by Somerset in those competitions.

ROYAL LONDON ONE-DAY CUP

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

28 Apr, 2 May and 5 May. Matches against Surrey (w), Kent (w) and Glamorgan (w). Somerset in the Royal London One Day Cup 2017 – Part 1

For matches covered in the remainder of the 2017 Royal London One Day Cup (RLODC), those covered in the 2018 RLODC and all matches in the 2019 RLODC please use the relevant category in the maroon panel. There was no RLODC in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

T20

T20 2018

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

 

Links to T20 matches, where they were covered in 2019 and 2020 and are covered in the 2021 competition can be found via the links in the maroon panel.

ARTICLES

Return from Exile. The author describes his return to and love of Somerset and Somerset cricket. Return from exile

ArticlesSomerset 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.

Links to further Legends articles, on Mark Lathwell and Marcus Trescothick, can be found via the “Legends” category in the maroon panel.

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

Palairet 1895. A poetic journey back through time to see Lionel Palairet (Somerset 1890-1909) play at the County Ground. Palairet 1895

Contents page last updated 20th April 2021

Back Within Range – Leicestershire v Somerset – County Championship 2021 – Grace Road – Day 3

This match was played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus restrictions in place. This report was therefore written following a day watching Leicestershire CCC’s live stream of the match, without which this report would not have been possible. The stream was watched with the commentary muted and with notes being taken to enable the author to replicate as far as possible his experience of watching matches live.

County Championship Group 2. Leicestershire v Somerset. 22nd, 23rd  and 24th April 2021. Grace Road.

Leicestershire. M.S. Harris, M.H. Azad, H.E. Dearden, C. Ackermann (c)/R.K. Patel*, L.J. Hill, H.J. Swindells (w), B.W.M. Mike, C.F. Parkinson, C.J.C. Wright, D. Klein, G.T. Griffiths.

*R.K. Patel replaced C. Ackermann under the ECB concussion regulations from the second day.

Somerset. T.A. Lammonby, T. Banton, T.B. Abell (c), J.C. Hildreth, G.A. Bartlett, S.M. Davies (w), C. Overton, L. Gregory, J.H. Davey, M de Lange, M.J. Leach.

Overnight. Leicestershire 233 and 48 for 3. Somerset 318. Leicestershire trail by 37 runs with seven second innings wickets standing.

Final day 24th April – Back within range

In the end, Leicestershire, having just edged the first day, were beaten by a Somerset side which for over a decade had played its cricket in the first division of the pre-coronavirus County Championship. The first division was and will be again if it is revived after this season, a tough, unforgiving school. The core players of this Somerset team had their skills honed in that school. Players like Craig Overton, Tom Abell, Lewis Gregory and Jack Leach have known nothing else in four-day domestic cricket.

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The Balance Shifts Somerset’s Way – Leicestershire v Somerset – County Championship 2021 – Day 2

This match was played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus restrictions in place. This report was therefore written following a day watching Leicestershire CCC’s live stream of the match, without which this report would not have been possible. The stream was watched with the commentary muted and with notes being taken to enable the author to replicate as far as possible his experience of watching matches live.

County Championship Group 2. Leicestershire v Somerset. 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th April 2021. Grace Road.

Leicestershire. M.S. Harris, M.H. Azad, H.E. Dearden, C. Ackermann (c)/R.K. Patel*, L.J. Hill, H.J. Swindells (w), B.W.M. Mike, C.F. Parkinson, C.J.C. Wright, D. Klein, G.T. Griffiths.

*R.K. Patel replaced C. Ackermann under the ECB concussion regulations from the second day.

Somerset. T.A. Lammonby, T. Banton, T.B. Abell (c), J.C. Hildreth, G.A. Bartlett, S.M. Davies (w), C. Overton, L. Gregory, J.H. Davey, M de Lange, M.J. Leach.

Overnight. Leicestershire 233. Somerset 53 for 3. Somerset trail by 180 runs.

Second day 23rd April – The balance shifts Somerset’s way

This has been a good game of cricket played on a good cricket wicket. There is help in the pitch for the bowlers and the batsman who applies himself can find runs in it. At the end of the first day the game was in the balance, perhaps with Leicestershire slightly ahead. At the end of the second, Somerset have moved ahead thanks to a succession of individual innings, three key partnerships which between them added 245 of Somerset’s 38 runs, and an exceptional spell from Craig Overton at the beginning of Leicestershire’s second innings. For Leicestershire Callum Parkinson bowled well enough, and was unlucky with dropped catches, to suggest he could make life difficult for Somerset in their second innings if Leicestershire could just set a target with some challenge in it. There was some good fortune too, particularly for Tom Abell who was dropped once and survived the closest of run out decisions.

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A Seesaw of a Day – Leicestershire v Somerset – County Championship 2021 – Grace Road – Day 1

This match was played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus restrictions in place. This report was therefore written following a day watching Leicestershire CCC’s live stream of the match, without which this report would not have been possible. The stream was watched with the commentary muted and with notes being taken to enable the author to replicate as far as possible his experience of watching matches live.

County Championship Group 2. Leicestershire v Somerset. 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th April 2021. Grace Road.

Leicestershire. M.S. Harris, M.H. Azad, H.E. Dearden, C. Ackermann (c), L.J. Hill, H.J. Swindells (w), B.W.M. Mike, C.F. Parkinson, C.J.C. Wright, D. Klein, G.T. Griffiths.

Somerset. T.A. Lammonby, T. Banton, T.B. Abell (c), J.C. Hildreth, G.A. Bartlett, S.M. Davies (w), C. Overton, L. Gregory, J.H. Davey, M de Lange, M.J. Leach.

Toss. Leicestershire. Elected to bat.

First day. 22nd April – A seesaw of a day

As far as could be told through the lens of the live stream camera at the start of play it had looked a good toss to win. There was not a cloud in the sky, at least in that part of the sky which the camera revealed above the houses stretching along the edge of the ground. Neither, from the distant view offered by the camera, could I see any sign of grass on the pitch. It looked white when compared to the deep green of the two strips on either side of it but had more of a brown hue when the camera produced a closer view.

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Batting with the brakes on

T20. Somerset v Sussex. 26th July 2019. Taunton.

Somerset. Babar Azam, T. Banton (w), P.D. Trego, L. Gregory (c), J.C. Hildreth, T.B. Abell, T.A. Lammonby, R.E. van der Merwe, C. Overton, M.T.C. Waller, J.E. Taylor. 

Sussex. P.D. Salt, L.J. Wright (c), L.J. Evans, A.T. Carey (w), D. Wiese, D.M.W. Rawlins, Rashid Khan, O.E. Robinson, D.R. Briggs, R.J.W. Topley, T.S. Mills. 

Toss. Somerset. Elected to field.

Batting with the brakes on

Batting with the brakes on. That is how it looked in the Somerset innings. The brakes though, it seemed from almost directly over the umpire’s head at the top of the Somerset Pavilion, were being applied more by the Sussex bowlers than the Somerset batsmen. Try as they might, Babar apart for much of his innings, the batsmen could not break free. The Sussex batting, the powerplay apart, was more freewheeling, the Somerset bowlers’ unable to apply the brake to quite the same degree. 13 runs the eventual difference. Finals Day seemed an awfully long way off at the end of the day as I threaded my way out of the ground through the slow-moving drinkers who were being required to empty their ‘glasses’ before they left.Read More »

Cider and hops ~ 1967-83

Somerset v Kent in one-day cricket – from the 1967 Gillette Cup Final to the 1983 NatWest Trophy Final

From 1967 to 1983 Kent were one of Somerset’s main one-day rivals. It was a decade and a half marked by periodic set-piece matches between two great one-day sides. The Somerset teams of the time contained such great Somerset names as Viv Richards, Ian Botham, Tom Cartwright, Peter Denning, Vic Marks, Joel Garner, Hallam Moseley, Derek Taylor, Roy Virgin, Mervyn Kitchen, Peter Roebuck, Graham Burgess, Colin Dredge, Brian Close, Brian Rose and in the very first match Bill Alley and Ken Palmer. For Kent there were Colin Cowdrey, Mike Denness, Asif Iqbal, Alan Knott, Derek Underwood, Alan Ealham, Bob Woolmer and John Shepherd; and for both sides, as they say, many others.Read More »

Memories. A Close run thing.

Gillette Cup Semi-Final. Kent v Somerset. 14th August 1974. Canterbury.

As the ECB confirm arrangements for the ‘100’ competiton in 2020 a return to a different world in my ‘Memories’ series. Return to 1974 for images imprinted on my memory of a gripping match which was played in a 60 overs a side competition at less than three runs an over.

Toss. Kent. Elected to field.

The 1974 Gillette Cup semi-final at Canterbury is burned into my memory and vivid images abound there. I re-run them often. The impact it made perhaps reflects the importance of Semi-Finals, and for that matter Quarter-Finals, in the two one day cups of the time. They were major set piece events which bestrode the domestic cricketing landscape like Glastonbury Tor, Dunkery Beacon or the Wellington Monument bestride the landscape of Somerset.

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County Championship 2017 ~ Needs Must ~ Warwickshire

NEEDS MUST 

~   WARWICKSHIRE   ~  

“Two batting artists at work painting a wonderful picture of movement on that spinners’ canvas prepared in the middle of Edgbaston. Oh, that we had a Degas to capture these two in this mood on a real canvas.” 

Specsavers County Championship. First Division. Edgbaston. 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th September 2017. Warwickshire v Somerset.           

This match was, by general consent among Somerset supporters, a ‘needs must win’ match. Somerset had 23 points to make up over the sixth placed side if they were to be safe from relegation. If they lost to Warwickshire they would almost certainly slip into last place, for Warwickshire, in last place, were only 13 points behind Somerset, and the gap to sixth place would probably then be virtually insurmountable. I watched this match on a live stream. In those days the live stream came in a small panel, perhaps two inches by three, in the middle of the computer screen. How far things have come in that short time.

Farmer White (IP Logged) 9 September 2017 7.48 p.m.

“And for those at the match this is what it was like not being there (at least for me).

Unable to travel to this match the commentary and live feed it was. When I could get to my laptop. I don’t do smartphones so when I am not at home it is silence, for gone are the days when, in extremis, you could buy successive editions of the evening paper with ‘Latest Cricket Scores’ in the ‘Stop Press’ column, see the score, and wonder who was out and how many they were out for. Many a Sunday School outing to Exmouth was spent waiting for the Stop Press in the next edition.
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