In my 48 years of actively following Somerset cricket, there have been very few occasions when I've not been happy with the club. The 1979 declaration at Worcester, the 1986 Shepton Mallett AGM that led to the departure of Viv, Joel and Botham are the two that stick most in my mind. I'm afraid to say I'm slightly feeling that way again today. And because I'm trying to build my … [Read more...] about Time for Some Leadership – Part 1
After a three-week white ball hiatus since that pulsating quarter-final against Nottinghamshire at Taunton, Somerset will seek to salve the pain of missing out on the Championship by picking up the T20 trophy when they head to Edgbaston tomorrow. Strangely all four of the counties taking part "prepared" for the weekend with red ball defeats and the other three counties are … [Read more...] about Vitality Blast Final Day – Excited?
Most people who know me know I live and breathe Somerset cricket. That I bleed maroon and black and have done from an early age. But occasionally, just occasionally, I have days like yesterday where it is all too much. By the time I caught up with what was happening at Southampton Somerset were in the midst of their post-lunch collapse. And while I could see that … [Read more...] about Reasons to be cheerful!
The afternoon of Wednesday 5th September 2018 will be one that, when we all look back on this season will be the point the unlikely became the improbable. Surrey, having brushed aside an anaemic Essex side who showed little of the fight they displayed at Taunton two weeks ago, went 43 points clear. Listening to Don Topley (I know dreadful but I couldn’t help myself - is … [Read more...] about Somerset has achieved so much already!
At this time of the season is that the games come thick and fast thanks to the ECB’s desire the shoehorn the vast majority of the championship season into April, the last week of August and September. Whether that is a good thing for a Somerset side still struggling to come to terms with the dramatic events of Taunton and, at the time of writing this (Saturday evening) still … [Read more...] about Hampshire: Bouncebackability?