It is a Monday morning and the Cooper Associates County Ground is covered in glorious sunshine. And, with the playing area looking green and immaculate, you could be forgiven for thinking for the briefest moment that the umpires are about to ring the bell, lead the players onto the field of play and the first ball be bowled. Then the chilly wind hits and serves as a reminder … [Read more...] about A few minutes with George Bartlett
Archives for 2019
On 17 July 2002, the turnstiles throbbed as thousands flocked into the County Ground in Taunton in hopeful expectation that Somerset could negotiate a tricky looking quarter-final clash and progress towards a third final appearance in the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy in four seasons. But standing in their way was a very useful Worcestershire side – Solanki, Hick, Batty, … [Read more...] about #Games: There’s only one KP! – Worcestershire (2002)
Somerset managed to win nine County Championship games in 2019, our most in a season since 2007, but there was a perception that this was despite, not because of, our batting. This is certainly upheld by the statistics – at 24.99, Somerset had the second lowest runs per wicket of all Division One teams, with only Nottinghamshire below us on 22.78. The highest was Hampshire’s … [Read more...] about Somerset County Championship Batting Review 2019
2019 is certainly the end of an era for Somerset County Cricket Club. Marcus Trescothick has called time on a great playing career that spanned 27 years and one in which he has achieved so much. And his legend has been shaped not just by the way he performed on a cricket field but the manner he acted off it too. I enjoy to read and write about the players and characters who … [Read more...] about Tres
Season 2019 has ended with the finale somewhat dark and wet. The much-heralded title-deciding confrontation with champions elect Essex was ruined by September's showers, but there is much to ponder as the planning for 2020 is already well underway. So was 2019 a hit or miss for Somerset? Let’s discuss. Cricket can be a game of silly superstitions, particularly in club … [Read more...] about Mission accomplished…but the beat goes on!