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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 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.
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.
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.
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