Nothing To See Here Now, Lots To See Here Soon

Nothing to see or write about at Bristol today but I've some news about some new features launching next week on SomersetNorth that I couldn't wait any longer to share

Gloucestershire v Somerset, County Championship Group 2, Bristol, May 20th to 23rd  2021, Day Two, Somerset 45-1, play abandoned for the day without a ball bowled

The day can be summed up in two tweets. The images from the SCCC official feed and Anthony Gibson both show the swamp like conditions that prevailed in Bristol all day. It was no surprise when the inspection at 3pm resulted in play being abandoned for the day.

There was some play in the other games in the group – but not much. Surrey limped to 185-8 before lunch but Hampshire were able to rip out five Leicestershire wickets for just 28 before lunch. The visitors still trail by 205. Fortunately for Somerset’s hopes in the group the chances of a result in either look marginal, even if there were no interruptions over the remainder of the two games.

But while there is nothing to write about on the field I thought I’d take the opportunity to trail two new features for the blog which I’m launching next week.

The first is, with huge thanks to Stephen Hill and Barry Phillips an occasional series which will feature selected players from their Somerset Cricketers series. The selection is entirely personal to me and will have a few of my words wrapped around the biographies from the books but I hope it will be of interest to all Somerset supporters. Of course it is of no substitute for the books themselves but it is the beginning of my ambition to broaden the site’s scope.

The second new feature will be ”first games” and this is where I want you to help me. All I need is you to send me some notes and recollections from your first game at the County Ground and of course any photos you might have. The series will start next week with a memorable first visit to the ground by a newly-wed bride in the late sixties. I promise it won’t disappoint.

Thank you everyone for all the support you have given SomersetNorth and for your engagement with my stuff. Thank you also for being far less critical of my writing than my Dad would have been! I’m hoping there are exciting times ahead both on the field for Tom Abell’s side and on the blog. As loyal somerset supporters your contribution to both will be invaluable.