Another Somerset miracle against Surrey

NatWest T20 Blast. Taunton. 6th August 2017. Somerset v Surrey

“Another full house, although as always with full houses there were groups of empty seats visible in the Trescothick and Somerset Stands. The lower deck of the Somerset Pavilion was tight packed, mainly with County Championship age members including, for a change in this form of cricket, me. The family stand bristled with furry headbands and inflatable batons and the temporary stand was pretty well full. I had time to count another 42 watching from the flats including a good impersonation of a row of parrots on a perch at the front of the roof terrace. It was a crowd that buzzed in anticipation of another classic game. I am not sure it was a classic but it certainly held the attention and as far as I could see no-one left.
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A classic T20 encounter ~ Somerset v Middlesex ~ 2017

NatWest T20 Blast. Taunton. 23rd July 2017. Somerset v Middlesex.

Somerset won the toss for the fifth time in succession in their 2017 T20 campaign after a long delay for a wet outfield before the match got underway. There had been a colossal downpour an hour or so before the match was due to start. There was concern about the area in front of the Somerset Pavilion which remained wetter than the rest of the outfield. The match was reduced to 16 overs a side. 

Well what a game and what a collection of smiling faces of all ages around the ground afterwards. And what a performance by the Somerset team with Middlesex almost matching it. What a game you get when two teams go hammer and tongs at each other like that. And what an atmosphere. And a cricket atmosphere at that. Not even a hint of a Mexican wave. Just a couple of ripples of ironic pantomime cheers from the Somerset Stand at a mystified Middlesex miss field. Read More »

Tempest at Uxbridge

NatWest T20 Blast. Uxbridge. 16th July 2017. Middlesex v Somerset.

After two defeats and the worst of an abandoned match at Cardiff Somerset travelled to Uxbridge, and so did I …

“We had long since booked seats on the coach to London to see ‘Bat out of Hell’ at the Colosseum on Friday night, and ‘The Tempest’ at The Barbican on Saturday afternoon. Mayhem and Magic. We were in the back row of the ‘gods’ for both. We are like that. It gets you in to see two or even three ‘shows’ for the price of one. It proved an inspired choice. The staging of both was spectacularly, brilliantly, magically in the case of ‘The Tempest’, inspired and the ‘gods’ may have been the best place in the house for both stages are vast. Had I had to judge between the two I would have been hard put to make a choice. Which is the better stroke Trescothick’s cover drive or Hildreth’s on drive? It was that good and that close.
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Corey Anderson’s Somerset spectacular – The Oval 2017

I wrote match reports on a number of Somerset’s T20 matches in 2017. The first was at The Oval with references to Beau Nash, Henry Fielding, cricket at Hambledon. The occasion was spectacular, so was the match and Corey Anderson, in his first match for Somerset, played as spectacular a T20 innings as anyone is ever likely to see.

NatWest T20 Blast. The Oval. 9th July 2017. Surrey v Somerset.

I watched this match from square of the wicket in the Peter May Stand at The Kia Oval.

Farmer White (IP Logged) 10 July 2017 11.27 p.m.

“As my London bound coach turned on to the M4, the modern usurper of the old Great West Road from London to Bath, I read Henry Fielding’s ‘Tom Jones’, forerunner of the modern novel. It was written in the age of ‘Beau’ Nash when Bath was being turned into one of the premier summer retreats of London ‘society’ and just before Hambledon flourished as England’s premier cricket club and started the process of regularising cricket’s rules. Read More »