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!
On 8th August 1979 the number one record in the charts was the controversial ‘I don’t like Mondays’ by the Boomtown Rats. In the cinema there was The Amityville Horror, Moonraker and Rocky 2 and on TV that day was The Wombles, The Omega Factor and Why Don’t you…? Also on TV was live coverage of the Gillette Cup Quarter-final clash between Somerset v Kent introduced by Peter … [Read more...] about Amazing games: Budgie and the Big Bird crush Kent (1979)
Somerset travelled to Derby for this 4-day match in June 1995 in buoyant form and looking for a third consecutive win having beaten Yorkshire at Taunton and Surrey at The Oval in previous games. Derbyshire had a fearsome looking side on paper but headed into this encounter having lost three games in four with the Derby pitch heavily criticised after the previous game, a four … [Read more...] about Amazing games: Nod downs Derby – Derbyshire v Somerset 1995