Look back at the history of Somerset County Cricket Club and it can be easy to forget that it is not one awash with years of trophy-winning success. The club were often on the periphery of the county cricket circuit - outsiders if you like. Unfashionable and, for many years, unsuccessful. A club happy to amble on, to survive. Yet one thing the county is able to boast is an … [Read more...] about Book review: ‘Too fond of winning’ by Barry Phillips
Christmas is an incredibly busy time for the NSPCC. As a charity that depends overwhelmingly on voluntary donations, we have been helping volunteers engage in a host of Sparkle-related fundraising escapades whilst also being there to answer calls and contacts from children who have nowhere else to turn throughout the holiday period. We run Childline and Christmas is one of our … [Read more...] about New guest blogger: NSPCC CEO Peter Wanless
The Bravo is an annual award made to the person (or persons) who have made a significant contribution to the cause for Somerset CCC supporters. The winning recipient could be a player, club official, fellow supporter who has gone the extra mile, a member of the press – in fact, anyone who has championed Somerset County Cricket Club for the benefit and pleasure of our … [Read more...] about Bravo 2018: Stephen Hill & Barry Phillips
There are a few crumbs of comfort for the cricket fan during this most depressing time of the year. The imminent announcement of next season’s fixtures and the overseas cricket especially with Somerset having such a heavy representation in the various England squads. And of course there is the ongoing debate about the future structure of first class cricket. But at this time of … [Read more...] about 2018: April – the only showers were of wickets at Taunton
After consultation with the counties, the ECB have announced a new structure for county cricket from 2020 onwards. Most of the changes were rumoured, but there are a couple of curveballs in there as well. I’m not convinced these alterations will benefit English cricket. When the County Championship was two Divisions of 9, every team played every other team an even number of … [Read more...] about Dan Kingdom: County Cricket’s latest structure – good for the game?