There was great news for Somerset fans in the north of the county today when the club announced that they will play a fixture in Weston-super-Mare on Sunday 11th May at Devonshire Road, home of Weston Cricket Club.
It is also great news for any Somerset supporter who wants to see the great Alfonso bowling to Tres, Lewis bowling to Mesch or Mybs trying to spin out Tregs because the game is a T20 warm-up where Somerset’s English players take on their overseas team-mates in what promises to be a highly competitive and explosive encounter.
For those of us old enough to remember, the annual trip to Weston was always a great experience and one to look out for and this fixture will bring back some memories. These days the club focus on playing home games at Taunton – for obvious reasons – with only the very rare excursion within the county. In 2011 the club played Essex at Bath (and lost unfortunately) but I recall only too well watching the likes of Botham, Garner & Richards strutting their stuff in the old John Player Sunday League at grounds in Yeovil, Glastonbury, Street, Frome and Bristol’s Imperial Ground to name just a few.
Chief Executive Guy Lavender said: “The Club has a rich history of playing in Weston-super-Mare and we are delighted to be returning to the town. To be able to stage a match like this is a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved. Not only will it be a highly competitive match with the players keen to stake a claim for a starting slot in our first NatWest T20 Blast match, it is also a great chance to raise funds for the Somerset Pavilion Appeal and Weston-super-Mare Cricket Club”.
Tickets for this match cost just £5 for adults and £2 for U16’s. Money raised from this special fixture will go towards Weston Super Mare CC and the Somerset Pavilion Appeal.
There is, of course, a long line of players who have represented Somerset who hailed from Weston with, most notably, current fans favourite Peter Trego a proud townsman as was former player, captain and Director of Cricket Brian Rose.
Former Somerset player Charl Willoughby joined Weston for the 2014 season.
It sounds like a great occasion for a great cause and I am sure there will be a big and enthusiastic crowd in attendance.