Going into the 1907 season things were hardly looking rosey for Somerset County Cricket Club, so much so that Wisden said of the County that “there is no disguising the fact that the outlook for Somerset in the immediate future is far from hopeful”. The beleaguered captain Lionel Palairet was quoted in the Press as saying that his “team had quite lost that spirit of playing … [Read more...] about Before Gimblett: Bertie’s brilliant debut bow!
When Chris Rogers pushed Nottinghamshire’s Brett Hutton for a single with the fifth ball of the 57th over at Taunton in September he joined an exclusive club of Somerset cricketers who have scored two centuries in one game. Rogers had scored 132 in Somerset’s first innings and his second century in the match was the 20th time a Somerset player had achieved this feat in an … [Read more...] about Two tons for fun!
Part of our ‘Short Stuff’ series with short stories and facts about the cider county! Cricket scorecards have thrown together some interesting word associations over the years. During the second innings of the first Test between Australia and England in Brisbane in 1979-80 the inevitable happened and Dennis Lillee was caught by Peter Willey off the bowling of Graham Dilley … [Read more...] about Brother Lee love!
The Somerset CCC 300 club is an exclusive group of just six players who between them have scored seven triple hundreds while wearing the Somerset Wyvern. The first took a long time coming and it was Harold Gimblett who first achieved the triple ton in August 1948 when he hit Sussex for 310 at The Saffrons in Eastbourne, scoring 53.1% of his team’s total of 584. This game … [Read more...] about The Somerset 300 Club
Part of our 'Short Stuff' series with short stories and facts about the cider county! Joel Garner was a giant of a man in stature but gentle and humble in personality. Off the pitch he was friendly and immensely polite and a very approachable man. On the pitch he could be a less popular site if you were a batsman taking guard on a bouncing wicket and he was preparing to … [Read more...] about The ‘Big Bird’ and the tea lady