Somerset managed to win nine County Championship games in 2019, our most in a season since 2007, but there was a perception that this was despite, not because of, our batting. This is certainly upheld by the statistics – at 24.99, Somerset had the second lowest runs per wicket of all Division One teams, with only Nottinghamshire below us on 22.78. The highest was Hampshire’s … [Read more...] about Somerset County Championship Batting Review 2019
I have been quite frustrated and ultimately critical of the approach to batting in red ball cricket in the modern game. The white ball format is exciting and fearless. Red ball cricket, by virtue of its extended timescales demands a variety of approaches. Sometimes, the white ball skills have their place. There are times when they do not, yet are still applied. I do not believe … [Read more...] about ‘A batsman transcending eras and formats’ by Julian Wyatt
The Vitality Blast t20 begins on Thursday, in its last proper season before the dreaded, horrific, Hundred is forced down cricket fans throats by the ECB in their attempt to do something no successful business has done before: appeal to a new market by deliberately isolating the vast majority of your current one. Somerset start with two away games at Glamorgan (Thursday … [Read more...] about Vitality Blast: The team?
Essex 216 all out (Cook 80, Leach 3-30, J Overton 3-43) & 164-6 (Cook 47, Groenewald 3-39) lead Somerset 131 all out (Abell 36, Porter 5-51, Beard 4-23) by 249 runs with 4 wickets remaining. Somerset’s bowlers bowled valiantly to get their side back on track on day two of the Specsavers County Championship Division One game at Chelmsford after the visitors had been … [Read more...] about Groeners offers Somerset hope
Dennis Silk has died at the age of 87. This is an extract from 'Somerset Cricketers 1946-1970' by Stephen Hill and Barry Phillips, written when Dennis Silk was 85 years old and two years before his death. Dennis Raoul Whitehall Silk was born on 8 October 1931 in Eureka, California. His father, Claude Whitehall Silk, was married to Louise Emelda Dumoret. Often referred to … [Read more...] about He Served: Dennis Silk