There is always a large amount of interest and hype when Surrey play in Somerset, but when the city slickers turned up at Taunton to start a match on Saturday, August 15, 1925, there was outright pandemonium. The reason for the chaos was the inclusion in the away team of Jack Hobbs, a man who would be known as England’s greatest cricketer. At the end of the 1924 season, the … [Read more...] about When Hobbs beat WG’s record at Taunton
The headline for an article in today’s Daily Mail gets straight to the point: “Cheat Bancroft signs for Durham.” Quite a headline, and one that would create interest on the front or back page of any publication, but a striking statement for a short piece tucked away on the foot of page 115 in the newspaper. The ‘news’ here is that Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft will … [Read more...] about Bancroft to join Durham
The great thing about the current format of the Vitality Blast t20 is that when the chips are down the next games come at you fast and furious and a few favourable results can transform any counties campaign, and that is certainly the case with Somerset. Think back to that dark evening of Friday 27th July and that defeat in a farcical 10-over ‘slogathon’ against Surrey. That … [Read more...] about Mybs and Merv take Somerset top!
When I think back to the things that have most disappointed me supporting Somerset then there are a few highlights. There are all those second-placed finishes and cup final defeats of course. The so-called Battle of Shepton Mallet and the subsequent public fallout which led to three of my boyhood heroes to leave Somerset, particularly I.T. Botham. And the horrible injury to … [Read more...] about Is it time for transfer fees in cricket?
Somerset skipper Lewis Gregory put in a man of the match performance to lead his side to a comfortable win against Middlesex on a soggy Sunday afternoon, which helped in some way to brush away the disappointment of a thrashing at the hands of Surrey the previous Friday evening. It has been a black & white season for Somerset so far in this competition but this win places … [Read more...] about Captain Lewis steps up to the challenge!