It is a very welcome return to Championship action for Somerset on Sunday as we continue to pursue the Holy Grail of that elusive first championship win. No one is under any illusions that it is going to take a real effort to haul in an unbeaten Surrey side who are 34 points and two wins better off than Somerset from the same number of games.
Well played Kent. There really is nothing more to say. I’m not sure how this happens but it is now eleven yes ELEVEN in a row for the boys from the Garden of England against Somerset in T20 cricket. It was so nice to wake up this morning to the now customary taunting from the Kent faithful. I still find it extremely weird that supporters of other counties follow the
As we move into the final phase of the Vitality Blast season the two respective groups are beginning to take shape. In the South group three teams are already out of contention. Middlesex, Essex and Hampshire have, so far, been pretty woeful. Perhaps most surprisingly Hampshire, Somerset’s next opponents, who five weeks ago lifted the 50-over cup have been well below par in the shortest format for such an accomplished white ball outfit. Let’s hope that continues on Wednesday evening.
Top of the South Group heading into the last few days of the preliminary stages on a six game winning streak and having just comfortably beaten the team Somerset are pursuing in Division One of the County Championship it has been a very very good fortnight for Somerset County Cricket Club
It started on Good Friday – 48 years ago. An association with Taunton Town which, even after all that time, and the distance that now separates me from them, still pulls strongly during the football season.
I have no idea what the crowd was that day, I’m guessing 700 odd but to me it seemed like a huge occasion. The opponents were Minehead Town, Taunton won 3-1 (no I don’t remember the goals) and I was hooked.
I’m really pleased that my first attempt at some deep and thoughtful cricket writing has been featured on both Being Outside Cricket and The Incider It is time that the voice of the real cricket supporter is heard.
Reproduced below is the text of the full article from the more objective angle. I hope you like it.
Sometimes I find I want to write something for The InCider and it just won’t come. I’ve been like that about James Hildreth, after all, what more is there to say. But there is no doubt in my mind that James Hildreth who deserves a huge amount of continued credit from Somerset fans but without doubt international recognition.
It seemed opportune, with the credibility of the Championship once more being called into doubt, to spend some time celebrating this wonderful competition and reminding ourselves what wonderful sport 4-day red ball cricket produces.
Three months ago I suggested that we need to see progression in 2018 in the context of young players coming through. I stand by that and while I don’t think we have yet seen the next generation make an impact in the first XI there is plenty to be optimistic about Tom Banton, Ben Green and Eddie Byrom. None has yet made the big impression but the foundations are being laid and there is real cause for optimism.
Somerset’s staccato championship season re-emerges on Sunday with the trip to New Road for the return of the opening game of the season, an 83 run win in April which was memorable for the batting of Matt Renshaw and James Hildreth and a solid all-round bowling performance.