There was great news for Somerset fans this week as our friends at BBC Somerset announced that the ‘The Cricket Show’ will return for the 2016 County Cricket season. The show will go out every fortnight, from Friday 8 April at 6pm.
Once again, former England and Somerset all-rounder Ian Blackwell will join, BBC Somerset presenter, Charlie Taylor, for ‘The Cricket Show’. They will be accompanied by top guests from the sport including Somerset players, past and present. They will look in detail at how the county fares in the T20, 50 over and long form of the game, as well as looking at women’s cricket, Somerset town and village clubs and giving listeners the chance to ask the players questions.
BBC Somerset Editor Nick Bull said “Cricket has such a rich heritage in the county and ‘The Cricket Show’ seeks to reflect that. It’s set to be quite a season with several sell-out matches already and with the signings of Chris Gayle and Mahela Jayawardene, listeners will be treated to hearing about the top two run scorers in World T20 history playing right here in Taunton!”
Presenter Charlie Taylor said “I’m really excited that the cricket show is back, this time bigger and better than ever! Ian and I can’t wait to get back in the studio with some of cricket’s biggest names, looking at the ups and downs of Somerset’s season. We’ll also be looking at the women’s game and the county’s many village and town clubs. I think it could be a big year for Somerset – let’s keep our fingers crossed for some good weather!”
‘The Cricket Show’ kicks off this Friday (8 April) on all frequencies (95.5 FM, 1566 AM, DAB and online) as BBC Somerset look ahead to the new season and reflect on the signings made during the winter. Listeners will also be able to listen back for up to 30 days on the BBC iPlayer – bbc.co.uk/bbcsomerset. During June and July the show will move to Thursday nights to preview the T20 action with many games being played home and away on Fridays where you can hear full ball-by-ball commentary on 1566 AM.
‘The Cricket Show’ is part of BBC Local Radio’s commitment to providing almost 800 days of county cricket coverage across the season. That’s a total of more than 350 games taking place across nearly 800 days, done in partnership with the county game’s governing body, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
With commentary from Division One and Division Two of the County Championship, and the two major one-day trophies, the BBC’s 39 Local Radio stations in England and BBC Wales will once again let fans follow their teams throughout the season. Fans will also be able to stay up to date with all of the latest Somerset cricket news and all other teams via the BBC Sport website bbc.co.uk/sport, which will continue to provide live text commentaries plus reports from all of the competitions.
The Incider has a great relationship with the team at BBC Somerset and has featured many times in the past two seasons so we look forward to continuing this association and, of course, listening into the show and hearing those exclusive interviews.