I don’t suppose many of the Somerset faithful making their way to the County Ground on 31st May 1989 had much expectation for what was about to follow. The opponents were the Combined Universities so a Somerset team which included the likes of Jimmy Cook, Richard Harden and skippered by Vic Marks would surely make easy work of beating a team of students in this Benson & … [Read more...] about Amazing Games: Somerset v Combined Universities 1989
Somerset rolled into London’s fashionable St Johns Wood on 3rd September 1983 seeking a fourth one day trophy in five years. The county, who had broken its duck with a victory in the 60-over Gillette Cup in 1979, had also enjoyed two successes in the 55-over Benson & Hedges Cup. To achieve another trophy win they would have to beat Kent at Lords in the newly called Nat West … [Read more...] about Amazing Games: “Top marks for Vic at Lords” – Kent 1983
When Brian Rose assumed the captaincy of Somerset for the 1978 season he was attempting to do what no other Somerset captain had ever achieved in the club’s history; to win a trophy. He so nearly succeeded in his first season but the cider county would suffer a weekend of heartbreak when twice in two days Somerset would fall at the last hurdle in the quest for … [Read more...] about Amazing Games: “Silverware at last!” – Northants at Lords 1979
In June 1974 a young 18-year-old from Yeovil made the headlines for the first time and has rarely been out of them since. The young all-rounder got his first taste of the high life in an amazing game at a packed Taunton where Somerset entertained Hampshire in a Benson & Hedges Cup quarter-final. Ian Terrence Botham had joined Somerset only a couple of months earlier, … [Read more...] about Amazing games: Somerset v Hampshire 1974 – “A star is born!”
In May 1919 Britain was recovering from the 1st World War. Pre-war the average weekly wage varied from 26s. per week to 34s. Half the women employed were paid from 10s. to 15s. per week. It wasn’t a good time for beer drinkers with supplies very rare and a pint of Mild costing 72 s. whilst a pint of Pale Ale and Stout 108 shillings. This meant most pubs were empty. Somerset … [Read more...] about Amazing games: Somerset v Sussex (1919) – Heygate’s last stand!