Martin Crowe was born in Henderson, New Zealand on 22nd September 1962. He played for Somerset for two seasons in 1984 and 1987. Although only three years separated his two spells at the County Ground the surroundings were poles apart. The unknown, 21-year-old Crowe joined Somerset for the 1984 season, and they were arguably the best side in the country at the time. After a … [Read more...] about Legends: Martin Crowe – New Zealand’s greatest ever batsman!
Somerset has enjoyed a long legacy of Caribbean cricketers playing for the county. The obvious names spring to mind but the first in line was an unsung hero from British Guiana who came to the cider county in 1953 and made his home here writing his name in the club’s folklore. In a week when Somerset’s latest West Indian cricketer was in the headlines for controversial … [Read more...] about Legends: Peter Wight – The man between Gimblett and Trescothick
Born in Kidderminster on 13 October 1864, Teddy Tyler began his career as a slow left-arm bowler by playing for his home town. He caught Worcestershire’s eye but they deemed him unworthy of a contract. Perhaps they were concerned about his action, which was regarded as suspect. Somerset thought otherwise and they were proved right. Tyler relied very much on length and flight … [Read more...] about The Legends: Teddy Tyler – “A sunny disposition and was loved by all!”
Rev Wickham was one of the great eccentrics of the cricketing world. Writing about the Somerset match against Middlesex, at Lord’s, in 1893, the reporter from The Times seems mesmerised by Wickham’s appearance, when he writes: A peculiar picture presented itself at Lord’s in the person of A. P. Wickham, the Somerset wicket-keeper standing with legs so far apart that his head … [Read more...] about The Legends: Archie Wickham – “A peculiar presence!”
Born on 12 February 1878 in Wellington and a pupil at Wellington School, Gamlin was, by the age of seventeen, already built like the proverbial barn door and an intimidating presence. He had also, by that age, already represented Somerset both at cricket and rugby, but it was as an England rugby international that he would find fame. He would represent his country fifteen times … [Read more...] about The Legends: Herbert Tremlett Gamlin (1895-96)