Somerset Women’s Cricket Quiz 2023 (And Answers)

Women’s Cricket in Somerset in 2023
Q1 – Who was appointed as captain of Somerset Women in 2023?Q1 – Emily Edgcombe
Q2 – Somerset Women were scheduled to play 8 matches in the 2023 Women’s County T20 competition – how many actually went ahead?Q2 – Two
Q3 – Which two players scored half-centuries as Somerset Women beat Wiltshire in a 50-over match in August 2023?Q3 – Daisy Jeanes and Laila Moledina
Q4 – Who was Western Storm’s leading wicket-taker in the 2023 regional season?Q4 – Chloe Skelton (19)
Q5 – The final match of the 2023 Women’s Ashes series was played at the County Ground, Taunton. Who scored a century for England during that match? Q5 – Nat Sciver-Brunt (129)
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Q6 – When did Somerset first form as a County Association within the Women’s Cricket Association?Q6 –1953
Q7 – Somerset hold the record for the highest score in English women’s T20 cricket, scored against Wales in 2013 – what is that score?Q7 – 255/3
Q8 – Who is Somerset Women’s leading wicket-taker across all formats?Q8 – Lorraine Szczepanski (125)
Q9 – How many times have Somerset won Division Two of the Women’s County Championship?Q9 – Four (2004, 2005, 2013, 2015)
Q10 – Which home ground have Somerset Women played at the most times in their history (in the Women’s County Championship or Women’s County T20)?Q10 – Willis Lane, North Perrott (18 times)
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Q11 – Which Somerset Women player hailed from the Czech Republic?Q11 – Magdalena Pokludova
Q12 – Four players who played for Somerset Women in their first ever Women’s County Championship game made their England debut in the same match, against the Netherlands in July 1999 – can you name them?Q12 – Laura Harper, Jackie Hawker, Hannah Lloyd and Kath Wilkins
Q13 – Which Somerset Women player made her England debut in 2023?Q13 – Lauren Filer
Q14 – Who holds the record for the highest List A score by a Somerset Women player, with 138* against Wales in 2015?Q14 – Sophie Luff
Q15 – Name the four players who have played for Somerset Women and have also won a Women’s Cricket World Cup.Q15 – Jan Godman (1993), Caroline Atkins (2009), Anya Shrubsole (2009, 2017), Fran Wilson (2017)
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Q16 – How many matches have Western Storm played at the County Ground, Taunton (during the Kia Super League, Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and Charlotte Edwards Cup)?Q16 – 18
Q17 – Western Storm played their first match at the County Ground, Taunton in 2016 against Lancashire Thunder. Who took four wickets for Storm during that match?Q17 – Stafanie Taylor
Q18 – England played their first international match at the County Ground, Taunton in 1997. Who were their opponents?Q18 – South Africa
Q19 – Name either of the two players who scored a century at the County Ground, Taunton during the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup.Q19 – Nicole Bolton or Smriti Mandhana
Q20 – The first recorded women’s cricket match at the County Ground, Taunton, took place in 1953 between a Women’s Cricket Association XI and the South. How much did it cost for an adult to gain admission to the match?Q20 – 2 shillings.

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No 11. (And answers)

2023-201 Which Lancashire batsman scored his highest total against Somerset at Bath in 1984?2023-A201 Steve O’Shaughnessy with 184*
2023-202 What other record does he hold?2023-A202 On September 11, 1983, against joke bowling from Leicester-shire, he equalled the fastest hundred (35 minutes) established by Percy Fender against Northamptonshire in 1920.
2023-203 With which county was Paul Roebuck connected?2023-A203 Gloucestershire.
2023-204 Who has the second-biggest benefit for Somerset?2023-A204 Brian Rose with £71,863.
2023-205 Can you name the Somerset cricketer of the 1980’s whose father played for Yorkshire and England?2023-A205 Nick Taylor (tather Ken).
2023-206 Who was the Securicor salesman who took six for 36 for Surrey against Somerset in 1984?2023-A206 Dave Thomas
2023-207 Who was the son of Illtyd who took five for 56 against Somerset at Cardiff, also in 1984?2023-A207 The other Thomas, Greg.
2023-208 What was Brian Rose’s best-ever bowling return?2023-A208 Three for nine against Gloucestershire at Taunton in 1975.
2023-209 What was unusual about Murray Turner’s bowling?2023-A209 He bowled right-arm fast medium and left-arm spin.
2023-210 Who is the player who has played his highest innings against the county that his father skippered?2023-A210 Tim Tremlett (father Maurice) who made 102* against Somerset at Taunton in 1985.
2023-211 Why did Somerset fail to achieve the double against Glamorgan in the County Championship of 1912?2023-A211 Glamorgan did not join the County Championship until 1921.


Give the Christian names of these relatives or namesakes who played together in a Somerset side.
2023-212 The Lees.2023-A212 Frank and Jack.
2023-213 The Atkinsons.2023-A213 Colin and Graham.
2023-214 The Palairets.2023-A214 Lionel and Richard.
2023-215 The Palmers.2023-A215 Ken and Roy.
2023-216 The Roses.2023-A216 Brian and Graham.
2023-217 What do Mike Denness, Brian Hardie and K. G. McLeod have in common in a Somerset connection?2023-A217 They are Scots who have scored first-class centuries in matches against Somerset.
2023-218 For how many seasons did Somerset suspend operations during the Second World War?2023-A218 The years from 1940-45, inclusive, were totally lost to first-class cricket.
2023-219 Who was the Somerset player who scored a century against England at Old Trafford in the summer of 1959?2023-A219Abbas Ali Baig who scored 112 in the Indian second innings during the Manchester Test.
2023-220 What was especially noteworthy about the century?2023-A220 It was Baig’s debut against England.

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 10 (And answers)

2023-181 What is Mark Harman’s nickname?2023-A181 He has two, Basil or Harmony.
2023-182 Where was he born?2023-A182 Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.
2023-183 Which member of the Somerset double team of 1979 was born in Buckinghamshire?2023-A183 Derek Taylor.
2023-184 Who is the all-rounder who writes occasionally for the magazine The Club Cricketer and scored a career-best 124 against Somerset at Taunton in 1985?2023-A184 K. D. James of Hampshire.
2023-185 Which Somerset player has as his superstition “always to salute a magpie”?2023-A185 Adrian Jones.
2023-186 Who was the South African cricketer whose best bowling analysis is eight for 107 against Somerset at Taunton in 1981?2023-A186 Garth Le Roux.
2023-187 For which two South African provincial sides has Adrian Jones played?2023-A187 For Border in 1981-82 and for Orange Free State in 1986.
2023-188 Adrian Jones is almost inevitably Jonah to his team-mates but he has another title. What is it?2023-A188 Quincy.
2023-189 Adrian Jones has an unusual outside job for a professional cricketer, what is it?2023-A189 He is a financial consultant.
2023-190 Who described his father as “a dangerous village cricketer”?2023-A190 Vic Marks.
2023-191 For which New Zealand side did Neil Mallender play?2023-A191 Otago.
2023-192 Which Somerset fast bowler had a relation playing with Glamorgan?2023-A192 Hallam Moseley.
2023-193 Who was the Sri Lankan batsman who scored 209* against Somerset at Hove in 1984?2023-A193 Gehan Mendis, (Lancashire).
2023-194 Vic Marks has a cricket blue and another half-blue. For which sport did he get his half blue?2023-A194 From Oxford University for Rugby fives.
2023-195 Who is the player who recommended himself to his county and got his first century against Somerset at Weston-super-Mare in 1986?2023-A195 Andy Moles of Warwickshire with 102*
2023-196 What is Gary Palmer’s job outside cricket?2023-A196 He was a squash coach.
2023-197 Which Somerset player was for a time a grave-digger?2023-A197 Peter Denning.
2023-198 What unique distinction does Gary Palmer hold for Somerset?2023-A198 He was their youngest professional ever, having been given a contract at the age of 14.
2023-199 Of which university does Viv Richards hold an honorary doctorate?2023-A199 The University of Exeter.
2023-200 Who played for Somerset 2nd XI at the age of 13?2023-A200 Peter Roebuck.

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No 9. (And answers)

2023-161 For which first-class overseas team has Nigel Felton played?2023-A161 Western Australia.
2023-162 Who in his first match for Yorkshire had as his first victim in county cricket, Sunny Gavankar, then with Somerset?2023-A162 S. J. Dennis.
2023-163 That bowler has a famous cricketing uncle. Who is he?2023-A163 Sir Leonard Hutton.
2023-164 Which eight Somerset brothers, including a capped county player, played with the same club side in Somerset?2023-A164 The brothers Dredge with Frome Cricket Clab.
2023-165 Who was the former Durham University captain who scored 153 runs against Somerset in 1986 for Worcestershire?2023-A165 Tim Curtis of Worcestershire at Worcester.
2023-166 Who is Dougal and why would he remember the match against Somerset at Taunton in 19772023-A166 He is Nigel Cowley of Hampshire and he recorded his best score of 109*.
2023-167 On which ground did Simon Dennis record his best bowling performance for Yorkshire – five for 35 against Somerset in 1981?2023-A167 At Sheffield.
2023-168 With which Football League reserve side did Colin Dredge play?2023-A168 Bristol City Reserves.
2023-169 Richard Coombes best bowling performance for Somerset was recorded on his debut. Who were the opposition and what were his figures?2023-A169 Five for 58 against Middlesex at Weston-super-Mare in 1985.
2023-170 Which former Somerset player coached at Harringay sports centre?2023-A170 Darren Foster.
2023-171 Which of the Somerset staff lists rearing pheasants as one of his recreations?2023-A171 Trevor Gard.
2023-172 Name the England captain whose highest score has been recorded against Somerset at Bath.2023-A172 Mike Gatting with 258 in 1984. In 1987 he missed another double century on the same ground by just four runs.
2023-173 On which current Somerset player did Roy Marshall have a profound coaching influence?2023-A173 Richard Harden. Marshall is the former West Indian and Hampshire batsman.
2023-174 Trevor Gard’s best batting performance for Somerset has been against a touring side. Can you give details?2023-A174 51* against India at Taunton in 1979.
2023-175 Has Joel Garner ever scored a first-class century in England?2023-A175 Yes, he scored 104 against Gloucestershire at Bristol in 1980 when playing for West Indies.
2023-176 What size of boots did Joel Garner wear?2023-A176 He takes custom-built 16s which dwarf even those of Peter Roebuck whom legend credits with a modest 13.
2023-177 What was Trevor Gard’s job outside cricket?2023-A177 He was a turner with an aircraft engineering factory.
2023-178 And that of Joel Garner?2023-A178 He worked as a telegraph operator in the West Indies.
2023-179 Which former Somerset player has turned out for Durban Pirates in South Africa?2023-A179 Jonathan Hardy.
2023-180 What is the name of the debilitating tropical disease from which he suffered for six years?2023-A180 Bilharzia (hookworm)

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 8 (and Answers)

Questions 141-160

2023-141 Who comes second to Brian Langford in first-class matches played for the county?2023-A141 Harold Stephenson.
2023-142 What is the lowest total that Somerset have recorded against another county?2023-A142 25 against Gloucestershire at Bristol in 1947.
2023-143 And the lowest total for which they have dismissed another county?2023-A143 Also against Gloucestershire in 1920.
2023-144 At the end of 1986 only two counties had always recorded three-figure totals against Somerset in county match. Who were they?2023-A144 Oddly enough Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.
2023-145 Who has the best Somerset bowling analysis in the Sunday League?2023-A145 Viv Richards with six for 24 against Lancashire at Old Trafford in 1983.
2023-146 From which county did reserve wicket-keeper R. J. Blitz come?2023-A146 From Essex 2nd Xl in 1985.
2023-147 How many first-class victims had he with Somerset?2023-A147 Eight, all caught.
2023-148 How much did Ian Botham’s benefit realise?2023-A148 £90,822.
2023-149 In which country and for what side has Neil Burns played overseas cricket?2023-A149 Western Province B in South Africa.
2023-150 What was Ian Botham’s soccer club as a player in the Football League?2023-A150 Scunthorpe United.
2023-151 Who is the West Ham United supporter on the Somerset staff?2023-A151 Neil Burns.
2023-152 Who follows Tottenham Hotspur?2023-A152 Graham Rose.
2023-153 And Hull Rugby League Club?2023-A153 Neil Mallender.
2023-154 Of which town is Ian Botham a freeman?2023-A154 Yeovil, where he went to school.
2023-155 The holder of the amateur batting record in the Central Lancashire League scored 132 against Somerset at Old Trafford in 1985. Who was he?2023-A155 M. R. Chadwick.
2023-156 Who was best man at Viv Richards’ wedding?2023-A156 Ian Botham.
2023-157 What book did Ian Botham pick to take with him to his desert island on the programme Desert Island Discs?2023-A157 The Immortal Victor Trumper by Jack Fingleton.
2023-158 For which county did one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of1986 take nine for 56 against Somerset in 1981?2023-A158 John Childs (who moved to Essex) for Gloucestershire at Bristol.
2023-159 What unusual non-cricketing feat did Ian Botham perform on a May afternoon in 1982?2023-A159 He wrote off two sports cars in successive 100 m.p.h. crashes.
2023-160 Which England slow bowler had recorded, at the start of the 1987 season, both his best batting and bowling performances against Somerset?2023-A160 Nick Cook of Northants who, while with Leicestershire, scored 75 against Somerset at Taunton in 1980 and two years later on the same ground took seven for 63.
And an extra contribution from our Curator David Wood. Can you name 6 England Captains whose surname began and ended with the same letter?Flintoff, Greig, Gatting, Strauss, Stokes and Yardley, all amazingly recently, except perhaps Greig

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 7 (and Answers)

Questions 121-140

2023-121 Name the three players who have twice scored 2000 runs in a season entirely for Somerset.2023-A121 Harold Gimblett, Graham Atkinson and Peter Wight.
2023-122 Four players have scored 1000 runs ten times or more. Name them.2023-A122 Harold Gimblett, Peter Wight, Bill Alley and Viv Richards.
2023-123 What have Brian Close, Bill Alley, Viv Richards, Colin McCool and Greg Chappell in common?2023-A123 All scored 1000 runs in their first season with Somerset.
2023-124 Two other players have done this. Who were they?2023-A124 Phil Slocombe, and Martin Crowe.
2023-125 Harold Gimblett leads the Somerset centurions with 40 100s’ then comes Viv Richards with 47. Who comes nexf?2023-A125 L. C. H. Palairet with 27.
2023-126 How many first-class centuries did M. M. Walford make for Somerset?2023-A126 Seven.
2023-127 And Sunil Gavaskar?2023-A127Two
2023-128 Who is the oldest man to have made a century for Somerset?2023-A128 Ernest Robson who made 111 in 1921 when he was 51.
2023-129 Who is the oldest man to have done the double?2023-A129 Bill Alley with 1915 runs and 112 wickets in 1962 when he was 43 years old.
2023-130 Who is the oldest man to have made his debut for Somerset?2023-A130 William Cecil Caesar who was 46 on his first appearance in 1946.
2023-131 He had previously played one first-class match for another county. When was this and what was the county?2023-A131 As far back as 1922 he had played in one game for Surrey.
2023-132 Which amateur (of 1910 vintage) had the longest name of any Somerset player?2023-A132 Humphrey Seymour Ramsey Critchley-Salmonson.
2023-133 Only three players have ever achieved the double twice in Somerset matches only. Who are they?2023-A133 Oddly all were team-mates: Jack White, Arthur Wellard and Bill Andrews.
2023-134 Who is the Yorkshire player who against Somerset recorded the only instance of a player scoring a century in each innings and taking five wickets in each innings?2023-A134 George Hirst who at Bath in 1906 scored 111 and 117* and took six for 70 and five for 45.
2023-135 Who is the player who in four separate matches against Somerset scored a century and took ten wickets?2023-A135 J. R. Mason of Kent.
2023-136 Six times in Somerset matches a bowler has taken all ten wickets in an innings, twice for and four against. Name the bowlers.2023-A136 Jack White and Ernest Tyler of Somerset, A. Drake (Yorkshire), A. E. Trott (Middlesex), T. Rushby (Surrey) and C. W. L. Parker (Gloucestershire).
2023-137 What is the best bowling analysis against Somerset by a member of a touring side?2023-A137 Nine for 38 by Bill O’Reilly of Australia at Taunton in 1930.
2023-138 How many wickets did Brian Langford take in the three matches of the Bath Festival of  1953 which marked his first-class debut?2023-A138  He took one against Lancashire, 14 against Kent and 11 against Leicestershire.
2023-139 How many Somerset bowlers have been called for throwing?2023-A139 Two, E. J. Tyler in 1900 and L. E. Bryant in 1960.
2023-140 Only one player has made more than 500 first-class appearances for Somerset. Who is he?2023-A140 Brian Langtord,

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 6 (and Answers)

Questions 101-120

2023-101 Which Somerset player is being described here by John Arlott? “With his precise manner, high forehead, dignified step and trim moustache he looked completely unlike the Bath Rugby full-back and natural games player that he was”2023-A101 Bertie Buse.
2023-102 Who once took a wicket for Somerset in a first-class match wearing evening-dress shoes?2023-A102 R. C. Robertson-Glasgow.
2023-103 Did C. R. M. Atkinson ever score 1000 runs in a season for Somerset?2023-A103 Yes, in 1966 he scored 1120 runs at an average of 26.04.
2023-104 Who was the second-eleven bowler called up to play against Sussex in the Gillette tie of 1964 at Taunton who became Man of the Match?2023-A104 Geoff Hall who took five for 34.
2023-105 Only two of the Somerset Gillette Cup final side of 1967 had played in every match for the county since the competition started in 1963. Who were they?2023-A105 Bill Alley and Roy Virgin.
2023-106 Viv Richards with 4745 runs is the John Player League highest aggregate scorer for Somerset. Who comes second?2023-A106 Peter Denning with 4565 runs.
2023-107 What other players have scored more than 3000 runs in the John Player League, now Refuge Assurance League?2023-A107 Ian Botham, Brian Kose and Peter Roebuck.
2023-108 How many times have Somerset reached the semi-finals of the One Day knock-out competition, i.c. Gillette and Nat West?2023-A108 Eight times.
2023-109 At the beginning of season 1988 what is their overall record in matches won and lost in this competition since 1963?2023-A109 Played 60, won 37, lost 23.
2023-110 A Somerset cricketer, still playing (in 1988) first-class cricket has scored over 1000 runs for the county in this competition. Who is it?2023-A110 Viv Richards.
2023-111 Of the current staff (1988) who has the highest average in this competition (qualification – having played 5 matches or more?2023-A111 Nigel Felton.
2023-112 At the end of 1986 only one bowler on the staff had taken half as many wickets as Ian Botham in the Gillette and Nat. West competitions. Who was it?2023-A112 Colin Dredge with 60 wickets to Botham’s 88.
2023-113 Who holds the Somerset record for carrying his bat through a completed innings?2023-A113 It is shared by L. C. H. Palairet and Len Braund, both of whom accomplished this feat on four occasions.
2023-114 Which Somerset captain made a century on his debut for the county?2023-A114 D. B. Close with 104* against Leicestershire at Leicester in 1971. He was then 40 years of age.
2023-115 Who made five first-class centuries before lunch in 1901?2023-A115 L. C. H. Palairet.
2023-116 On how many occasions did Viv Richards score a century before lunch?2023-A116 On two occasions, 117* not out against Lancashire al Southport in 1977 and 102 against Glamorgan at Launton in 1986 when his century occupied a mere 58 minutes.
2023-117 Name the two players who made centuries against touring teams on their debut for the County?2023-A117 M. M. Walford with 141* v. India in 1946 and P. B. Wight with 109* v. Australia in 1953.
2023-118 How many times did Ian Botham hit 10 or more sixes in an innings for Somerset in a county match?2023-A118 Four times: hitting 10 v. Gloucester at Taunton in 1980; v. Warwickshire at Taunton in 1982; v. Northants at Weston-super-Mare in 1985; and 12 v. Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 1985.
2023-119 Who has recorded the fastest-ever hundred for Somerset?2023-A119 N. F. M. Popplewell in 41 minutes against Gloucestershire at Bath in 1983. He went on to score 141 in 62 minutes.
2023-120 Who has scored the fastest double century?2023-A120 S. M. J. Woods in 135 minutes against Sussex at Hove in 1895. He was out having scored 215 in 150 minutes

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 5 (and Answers)

Questions 81-100

2023-81 Who was the early Somerset professional who had a melodrama produced on the London stage?2023-A81 G. B. Nichols.
2023-82 With what county had the writer played as an amateur?2023-A82 Gloucestershire.
2023-83 Why was he allowed to leave Gloucestershire?2023-A83 He once dropped four catches in a day and was told by W.G. Grace “You shall never play for us again!”
2023-84 In which game at Taunton did the opposition’s last man come to the wicket in a blue pin-striped suit?2023-A84 Against Sussex at Taunton in 1919 the last man, Heygate had changed because, suffering from arthritis, it was thought unlikely that he could bat. He took so long to get to the wicket that on appeal he was given out and the match ended as a tie.
2023-85 Who used to turn up for matches in the 1920s dressed in top hat and morning coat?2023-A85 P. Johnson.
2023-86 How  did he spend his Sundays?2023-A86 In bed, reading Dickens.
2023-87 At which match (post-World War Two did the Somerset pros hire a donkey and cart, borrow sombreros and pretend to be visiting South Americans?2023-A87 Against Essex at Clacton 1949. The South Americans won by an innings and fifty runs!
2023-88 Who was denied a collection at a home game after scoring 310 runs because “that’s what he’s paid to do”?2023-A88 Harold Gimblett after making 310 v. Sussex at Eastbourne in 1948. The county secretary of the time turned down the request.
2023-89 Which two Kent players conspired to give Wally Luckes his only first-class century?2023-A89 Leslie Ames and Frank Woolley. Ames found out in the 90s that Luckes had never scored a first-class century and induced Woolley to bowl.
2023-90 Which county captain, enquiring of his partner if he should appeal against the light at Weston-super-Mare, received from him the reply “I can hear you m’lord, but I can’t see you.”?2023-A90 Lord Tennyson of Hampshire.
2023-91 In which match was an angel (almost) caught fiddling?2023-A91 Les Angell was caught behind by Ken Fiddling, the Northants wicket-keeper in the match at Frome in 1950.
2023-92 Whose remedy for cramp in the legs was to rub them with whisky?2023-A92 S. M. J. Woods.
2023-93 When Jack Hobbs broke W. G. Grace’s record of centuries at Taunton in August 1925 was he compiling his 83rd, 127th or 141st?2023-A93 127th.
2023-94 How many centuries had he previously made that season?2023-A94 13.
2023-95 What Somerset batsman scored a century in that same match?2023-A95 J. C. W. MacBryan.
2023-96 Who succeeded Jack White as captain of Somerset?2023-A96 R. A. ingle.
2023-97 Which Somerset cricketer was a one-time bouncer in a Sydney dance hall?2023-A97 Bill Alley.
2023-98 What do H. Gimblett, K. Palmer, Arthur Wellard, Maurice Tremlett, Harold Stephenson and L. C. H. Palairet all have in common?2023-A98They never played for any other first-class county.
2023-99 In 1946 Somerset recorded three successive scores of 500 or over. Who were the opponents in these three matches?2023-A99 India, Middlesex and Yorkshire.
2023-100 Who did Somerset defeat in the 1967 Gillette Cup semi-final?2023-A100 Lancashire at Old Trafford.

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No.11

Questions 201-220 (and Answers here)

2023-201 Which Lancashire batsman scored his highest total against Somerset at Bath in 1984?
2023-202 What other record does he hold?
2023-203 With which county was Paul Roebuck connected?
2023-204 Who has the second-biggest benefit for Somerset?
2023-205 Can you name the Somerset cricketer of the 1980’s whose father played for Yorkshire and England?
2023-206 Who was the Securicor salesman who took six for 36 for Surrey against Somerset in 1984?
2023-207 Who was the son of Illtyd who took five for 56 against Somerset at Cardiff, also in 1984?
2023-208 What was Brian Rose’s best-ever bowling return?
2023-209 What was unusual about Murray Turner’s bowling?
2023-210 Who is the player who has played his highest innings against the county that his father skippered?
2023-211 Why did Somerset fail to achieve the double against Glamorgan in the County Championship of 1912?

Give the Christian names of these relatives or namesakes who played together in a Somerset side.
2023-212 The Lees.
2023-213 The Atkinsons.
2023-214 The Palairets.
2023-215 The Palmers.
2023-216 The Roses.
2023-217 What do Mike Denness, Brian Hardie and K. G. McLeod have in common in a Somerset connection?
2023-218 For how many seasons did Somerset suspend operations during the Second World War?
2023-219 Who was the Somerset player who scored a century against England at Old Trafford in the summer of 1959?
2023-220 What was especially noteworthy about the century?

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 10

Questions 181-200 (and Answers here)

2023-181 What is Mark Harman’s nickname?
2023-182 Where was he born?
2023-183 Which member of the Somerset double team of 1979 was born in Buckinghamshire?
2023-184 Who is the all-rounder who writes occasionally for the magazine The Club Cricketer and scored a career-best 124 against Somerset at Taunton in 1985?
2023-185 Which Somerset player has as his superstition “always to salute a magpie”?
2023-186 Who was the South African cricketer whose best bowling analysis is eight for 107 against Somerset at Taunton in 1981?
2023-187 For which two South African provincial sides has Adrian Jones played?
2023-188 Adrian Jones is almost inevitably Jonah to his team-mates but he has another title. What is it?
2023-189 Adrian Jones has an unusual outside job for a professional cricketer, what is it?
2023-190 Who described his father as “a dangerous village cricketer”?
2023-191 For which New Zealand side did Neil Mallender play?
2023-192 Which Somerset fast bowler had a relation playing with Glamorgan?
2023-193 Who was the Sri Lankan batsman who scored 209* against Somerset at Hove in 1984?
2023-194 Vic Marks has a cricket blue and another half-blue. For which sport did he get his half blue?
2023-195 Who is the player who recommended himself to his county and got his first century against Somerset at Weston-super-Mare in 1986?
2023-196 What is Gary Palmer’s job outside cricket?
2023-197 Which Somerset player was for a time a grave-digger?
2023-198 What unique distinction does Gary Palmer hold for Somerset?
2023-199 Of which university does Viv Richards hold an honorary doctorate?
2023-200 Who played for Somerset 2nd XI at the age of 13?

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 9

Questions 161-180 (and answers here)

2023-161 For which first-class overseas team has Nigel Felton played?
2023-162 Who in his first match for Yorkshire had as his first victim in county cricket, Sunny Gavankar, then with Somerset?
2023-163 That bowler has a famous cricketing uncle. Who is he?
2023-164 Which eight Somerset brothers, including a capped county player, played with the same club side in Somerset?
2023-165 Who was the former Durham University captain who scored 153 runs against Somerset in 1986 for Worcestershire?
2023-166 Who is Dougal and why would he remember the match against Somerset at Taunton in 1977
2023-167 On which ground did Simon Dennis record his best bowling performance for Yorkshire – five for 35 against Somerset in 1981?
2023-168 With which Football League reserve side did Colin Dredge play?
2023-169 Richard Coombes best bowling performance for Somerset was recorded on his debut. Who were the opposition and what were his figures?
2023-170 Which former Somerset player coached at Harringay sports centre?
2023-171 Which of the Somerset staff lists rearing pheasants as one of his recreations?
2023-172 Name the England captain whose highest score has been recorded against Somerset at Bath.
2023-173 On which current Somerset player did Roy Marshall have a profound coaching influence?
2023-174 Trevor Gard’s best batting performance for Somerset has been against a touring side. Can you give details?
2023-175 Has Joel Garner ever scored a first-class century in England?
2023-176 What size of boots did Joel Garner wear?
2023-177 What was Trevor Gard’s job outside cricket?
2023-178 And that of Joel Garner?
2023-179 Which former Somerset player has turned out for Durban Pirates in South Africa?
2023-180 What is the name of the debilitating tropical disease from which he suffered for six years?

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 7

Questions 121-140 (and Answers here)

2023-121 Name the three players who have twice scored 2000 runs in a season entirely for Somerset.
2023-122 Four players have scored 1000 runs ten times or more. Name them.
2023-123 What have Brian Close, Bill Alley, Viv Richards, Colin McCool and Greg Chappell in common?
2023-124 Two other players have done this. Who were they?
2023-125 Harold Gimblett leads the Somerset centurions with 40 100s’ then comes Viv Richards with 47. Who comes nexf?
2023-126 How many first-class centuries did M. M. Walford make for Somerset?
2023-127 And Sunil Gavaskar?
2023-128 Who is the oldest man to have made a century for Somerset?
2023-129 Who is the oldest man to have done the double?
2023-130 Who is the oldest man to have made his debut for Somerset?
2023-131 He had previously played one first-class match for another county. When was this and what was the county?
2023-132 Which amateur (of 1910 vintage) had the longest name of any Somerset player?
2023-133 Only three players have ever achieved the double twice in Somerset matches only. Who are they?
2023-134 Who is the Yorkshire player who against Somerset recorded the only instance of a player scoring a century in each innings and taking five wickets in each innings?
2023-135 Who is the player who in four separate matches against Somerset scored a century and took ten wickets?
2023-136 Six times in Somerset matches a bowler has taken all ten wickets in an innings, twice for and four against. Name the bowlers.
2023-137 What is the best bowling analysis against Somerset by a member of a touring side?
2023-138 How many wickets did Brian Langford take in the three matches of the Bath Festival of  1953 which marked his first-class debut?
2023-139 How many Somerset bowlers have been called for throwing?
2023-140 Only one player has made more than 500 first-class appearances for Somerset. Who is he?

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 4 (and Answers)

2023-61Who was the Yorkshire player who took Martin Crowe apart during a Sunday League match at Middlesbrough in 1984?2023-A61 Graham Stevenson who hit him for seven sixes, Crowes final analysis being 6-0-70-0.
2023-62 Who dismissed Jack Hobbs in the only match he himself played for Somerset?2023-A62 N. E. “Granny” Alston at The Oval in 1933.
2023-63 Name the Surrey batsman, known as “The Guv’nor”, who scored 357* against Somerset at The Oval in 1899?2023-A63 Bobby Abel.
2023-64 What was the Surrey total in that match?2023-A64 811.
2023-65 On which ground did Bill Alley score his 3000th run in September 1961?2023-A65 At Hastings, playing for a Commonwealth XI against an England XI.
2023-66 Name the Keynsham batsman of the 1980s whose highest score for Somerset was 99*?2023-A66 Richard Ollis.
2023-67 For what other sport is Clarence Park used?2023-A67 Hockey.
2023-68 And Bath?2023-A68 Rugby Union football.
2023-69:For what other sport has the county ground at Taunton been used?2023-A69 For greyhound racing.
2023-70 Can you name the Somerset skipper who was capped by Scotland in a Boys’ International golf match?2023-A70 N. S. Mitchell-Innes at Killermont, Glasgow, in 1931.
2023-71 Who was the John Player League record holder (first to 2000 runs and 200 wickets) who recorded his highest first-class score against Somerset?2023-A71 Stuart Turner of Essex with 121 at Taunton in 1970.
2023-72 He started his first-class career in the year when England won the soccer World Cup and he hit 227 for Northants against Somerset in 1976. Who is he and where was it?2023-A72 Peter Willey (who went to Leicestershire) at Northampton in 1976.
2023-73 What record did he set that day and who helped him to it?2023-A73 With Roy Virgin, formerly of Somerset, Willey put on 370 for the fourth wicket to establish a new county record.
2023-74 What is Julian Wyatt’s highest score in first-class cricket?2023-A74 145 against Oxford University in 1985.
With which public schools do you connect the following Somerset players, either as pupils, teachers or coaches:
2023-75 R. J. O. Meyer?2023-A75 Millfield.
2023-76 M. M. Walford?2023-A76 Sherborne.
2023-77 Harold Gimblett?2023-A77 Millfield (as coach).
2023-78 H. Watts?2023-A78 Downside.
2023-79 Colin Atkinson?2023-A79 Millfield (as head).
2023-80 Denis Silk?2023-A80 Christ’s Hospital as pupil, Marlborough as teacher, Radley as headmaster.

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 3 (and Answers)

Questions 41-60

2023-41 What was Somerset’s initial reaction to the Gillette Cup?2023-A41 They voted against participation in it.
2023-42 What took place at Taunton for the first time on December 8,1961?2023-A42 Greyhound racing.
2023-43 For which Birmingham League side did Fred Rumsey play?2023-A43 Kidderminster.
2023-44 Who was the Oxford University pace bowler registered by Somerset in 1962?2023-A44 J.D. Martin.
2023-45 Which Lancashire League club attempted to sign Bill Alley to succeed Garfield Sobers as their professional in 1962?2023-A45 Radcliffe.
2023-46 Who was Harold Stephenson’s 1000th first-class victim in first-class cricket?2023-A46 Bomber Wells, caught off Rumsey v. Nottinghamshire, May 8, 1963.
2023-47 When did Harold Stephenson retire?2023-A47 1964.
2023-48 Bertie Buse’s benefit match against Lancashire in 1953 was over in a day. Can you name another cricketer whose benefit against Somerset lasted a similarly brief period?2023-A48 Flower of Middlesex whose benefit match began and ended on May 23, 1899.
2023-49 In 1963 a Somerset player’s benefit realised a record sum. Who was he and who was the previous record beneficiary?2023-A49 Peter Wight whose benefit raised £5000. Previously Harold Stephenson with £4040.
2023-50 On May 27, 1964, Somerset at 215 for nine defeated Nottinghamshire 215 all out in a Gillette Cup match. Who was Man of the Match?2023-A50 Maurice Hill of Notts. with an innings of 107.
2023-51 Which Somerset wicket keeper was born at Billingham?2023-A51 Harold Stephenson.
2023-52 Which Football League side did he play with?2023-A52 He was on the books of Darlington during the Second World War.
2023-53 What representative honours came the way of Harold Stephenson?2023-A53 He was a member of the M.C.C. A Team Tour to Pakistan 1955-56.
2023-54 For which club did he play league cricket before coming to Somerset? (He played in Durham).2023-A54 Stockton C.C.
2023-55 What is the highest score ever made in first-class cricket on the Glastonbury ground?2023-A55 187* by Alan Jones of Glamorgan who in the same match made 105 in his other innings.
2023-56 An opening batsman of the late 60s and early 70s, he came from Killinghall in Yorkshire. Who was he?2023-A56 Tony Clarkson.
2023-57 How old was Ian Botham when he achieved the Test double and how many matches did it take him?2023-A57 23 years of-age, 21 Test matches.
2023-58 Which Somerset amateur of the 20s and 30s was known as “Box”?2023-A58 C. C. C. Case.
2023-59 Which cricketer born at Wellington played for Somerset although it turned out to be Wellington, New Zealand?2023-A59 T. C. Lowry, the New Zealand Test player.
2023-60 Who was known as “The Colonel”?2023-A60 Somerset’s first captain in first-class cricket, H. T. Hewlett.

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No.2 (and Answers)

2023-21What Somerset pace bowler was in his youth an avid attender of “the Proms” in the Albert Hall?2023-A21 Fred Rumsey.
2023-22 Where was he born?2023-A22 Stepney in London.
2023-23 How many wickets did he take in his two seasons with Worcestershire?2023-A23 Eleven.
2023-24 And how many in his first season with Somerset?2023-A24 102.
2023-25 What was his memorable performance when opening the bowling against New Zealand at Lord’s in 1965?2023-A25 He took the first four wickets for seven runs in 46 balls.
2023-26 What happened to Peter Robinson’s batting in 196792023-A26 Promoted from number nine in the order to number one he responded by scoring 917 runs.
2023-27 Who top-scored for Somerset in their first-ever Gillette Cup Final against Kent in 1967?2023-A27 Peter Robinson with 48 runs.
2023-28 At which sport did M. M. Walford represent Great Britain in the Olympic Games of 1948?2023-A28 Hockey.
2023-29 When W. T. Greswell was in the Repton side of 1908 which famous cricket historian was his captain?2023-A29 Harry Altham.
2023-30 Which Somerset player while touring India in 1926-27 took part in a sixth-wicket stand of 140 in 90 minutes against Hindus at Bombay?2023-A30 G. F. Earle.
2023-31 Who was his partner?2023-A31 Maurice Tate of Sussex.
2023-32 Who led the tour?2023-A32 A. E. R. Gilligan, also of Sussex.
2023-33 For which club did slow left armer John McMahon play for in the Central Lancashire League?2023-A33 Castleton Moor.
2023-34 Who was the Somerset bowler who went to West Hartlepool in the North Yorkshire and South Durham League?2023-A34 Ken Biddulph.
2023-35 For which other county was J. G. Lomax capped?2023-A35 Lancashire.
2023-36 Somerset had another Lomax playing for them at the same time. Who was he and what was his background?2023-A36 I. R. Lomax of Eton Ramblers and Wiltshire.
2023-37 In which year was Bill Alley voted Cricketer of the Year by his fellow professionals?2023-A37 In1962.
2023-38 Who was the South African bowler that Somerset tried to sign in 1962?2023-A38 Cuan McCarthy.
2023-39 For which Minor County was he playing at the time?2023-A39 He was currently with Dorset.
2023-40 Which side was Bill Alley to be found coaching in April 1962?2023-A40 Cambridge University.

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 6

Questions 101 – 120 (and Answers here)

2023-101 Which Somerset player is being described here by John Arlott? “With his precise manner, high forehead, dignified step and trim moustache he looked completely unlike the Bath Rugby full-back and natural games player that he was”
2023-102 Who once took a wicket for Somerset in a first-class match wearing evening-dress shoes?
2023-103 Did C. R. M. Atkinson ever score 1000 runs in a season for Somerset?
2023-104 Who was the second-eleven bowler called up to play against Sussex in the Gillette tie of 1964 at Taunton who became Man of the Match?
2023-105 Only two of the Somerset Gillette Cup final side of 1967 had played in every match for the county since the competition started in 1963. Who were they?
2023-106 Viv Richards with 4745 runs is the John Player League highest aggregate scorer for Somerset. Who comes second?
2023-107 What other players have scored more than 3000 runs in the John Player League, now Refuge Assurance League?
2023-108 How many times have Somerset reached the semi-finals of the One Day knock-out competition, i.c. Gillette and Nat West?
2023-109 At the beginning of season 1988 what is their overall record in matches won and lost in this competition since 1963?
2023-110 A Somerset cricketer, still playing (in 1988) first-class cricket has scored over 1000 runs for the county in this competition. Who is it?
2023-111 Of the current staff (1988) who has the highest average in this competition (qualification – having played 5 matches or more?
2023-112 At the end of 1986 only one bowler on the staff had taken half as many wickets as Ian Botham in the Gillette and Nat. West competitions. Who was it?
2023-113 Who holds the Somerset record for carrying his bat through a completed innings?
2023-114 Which Somerset captain made a century on his debut for the county?
2023-115 Who made five first-class centuries before lunch in 1901?
2023-116 On how many occasions did Viv Richards score a century before lunch?
2023-117 Name the two players who made centuries against touring teams on their debut for the County?
2023-118 How many times did Ian Botham hit 10 or more sixes in an innings for Somerset in a county match?
2023-119 Who has recorded the fastest-ever hundred for Somerset?
2023-120 Who has scored the fastest double century?

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 5

Questions 81 – 100 (and Answers here)

2023-81 Who was the early Somerset professional who had a melodrama produced on the London stage?
2023-82 With what county had the writer played as an amateur?
2023-83 Why was he allowed to leave Gloucestershire?
2023-84 In which game at Taunton did the opposition’s last man come to the wicket in a blue pin-striped suit?
2023-85 Who used to turn up for matches in the 1920s dressed in top hat and morning coat?
2023-86 How  did he spend his Sundays?
2023-87 At which match (post-World War Two did the Somerset pros hire a donkey and cart, borrow sombreros and pretend to be visiting South Americans?
2023-88 Who was denied a collection at a home game after scoring 310 runs because “that’s what he’s paid to do”?
2023-89 Which two Kent players conspired to give Wally Luckes his only first-class century?
2023-90 Which county captain, enquiring of his partner if he should appeal against the light at Weston-super-Mare, received from him the reply “I can hear you m’lord, but I can’t see you.”?
2023-91 In which match was an angel (almost) caught fiddling?
2023-92 Whose remedy for cramp in the legs was to rub them with whisky?
2023-93 When Jack Hobbs broke W. G. Grace’s record of centuries at Taunton in August 1925 was he compiling his 83rd, 127th or 141st?
2023-94 How many centuries had he previously made that season?
2023-95 What Somerset batsman scored a century in that same match?
2023-96 Who succeeded Jack White as captain of Somerset?
2023-97 Which Somerset cricketer was a one-time bouncer in a Sydney dance hall?
2023-98 What do H. Gimblett, K. Palmer, Arthur Wellard, Maurice Tremlett, Harold Stephenson and L. C. H. Palairet all have in common?
2023-99 In 1946 Somerset recorded three successive scores of 500 or over. Who were the opponents in these three matches?
2023-100 Who did Somerset defeat in the 1967 Gillette Cup semi-final?

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 4

Questions 61 – 80 (and Answers here)

2023-61Who was the Yorkshire player who took Martin Crowe apart during a Sunday League match at Middlesbrough in 1984?
2023-62 Who dismissed Jack Hobbs in the only match he himself played for Somerset?
2023-63 Name the Surrey batsman, known as “The Guv’nor”, who scored 357* against Somerset at The Oval in 1899?
2023-64 What was the Surrey total in that match?
2023-65 On which ground did Bill Alley score his 3000th run in September 1961?
2023-66 Name the Keynsham batsman of the 1980s whose highest score for Somerset was 99*?
2023-67 For what other sport is Clarence Park used?
2023-68 And Bath?
2023-69:For what other sport has the county ground at Taunton been used?
2023-70 Can you name the Somerset skipper who was capped by Scotland in a Boys’ International golf match?
2023-71 Who was the John Player League record holder (first to 2000 runs and 200 wickets) who recorded his highest first-class score against Somerset?
2023-72 He started his first-class career in the year when England won the soccer World Cup and he hit 227 for Northants against Somerset in 1976. Who is he and where was it?
2023-73 What record did he set that day and who helped him to it?
2023-74 What is Julian Wyatt’s highest score in first-class cricket?
With which public schools do you connect the following Somerset players, either as pupils, teachers or coaches:
2023-75 R. J. O. Meyer?
2023-76 M. M. Walford?
2023-77 Harold Gimblett?
2023-78 H. Watts?
2023-79 Colin Atkinson?
2023-80 Denis Silk?

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 1 Answers

2023-1 Why was M. M. Walford unavailable for selection by Somerset in the summer of 1950?2023-A1 He was a member of the M.C.C. tour to Canada.
2023-2 Who was the Somerset player whose father conducted the enquiry into public safety at Association Football grounds?2023-A2 Nigel Popplewell (Mr. Justice Popplewell).
2023-3 Who asked for “four more gerania, Crusoe”, and why?2023-A3 John Daniell, in asking Robertson-Glasgow to bowl four more deliberate wides into a geranium bed at Bath against Yorkshire in the 1920s. Owing to a quirk in the points allocation, Yorkshire were deliberately trying to avoid taking first-innings lead in a rain-shortened match.
2023-4 In the Gillette Cup of 1965 against Berkshire one of the Minor County’s players was Man of the Match. Which one?2023-A4 D. J. Mordaunt who made 60 of Berkshire’s 137, Somerset winning with 139 for five.
2023 -5 Who was the Scottish rugby international (asked to play for his country at age 16 and 17) who scored 100 in 63 minutes for Lancashire v. Somerset at Bath shortly before the First World War?2023-A5 K. G. McLeod.
2023-6 Which two Somerset captains have captained England?2023-A6 J. C. White and I. T. Botham.
2023-7 Which Somerset player took part in the famous “Fowler’s match” between Eton and Harrow in 1910?2023-A7 G. F. Earle. The match is so-called because Fowler top-scored in the Eton second innings then with Harrow needing 55 to win he took eight for 23, Eton winning by nine runs.
2023-8 Which South African batsman did Somerset try to sign in 1965?2023-A8 Graeme Pollock.
2023-9 For which club (not first-class) did Chris Greetham play after being released by Somerset in 1965?2023-A9 He was pro. with Torquay.
2023-10 What was unusual about the Somerset v. Notts. Gillette Cup match at Taunton in May 1965?2023-A10 It was the first match in the competition to use all three allotted days.
2023-11 As the result of these postponements, the original adjudicator was unable to make the presentations, only being available for the first two days. Who was he?2023-A11 F. R. Brown of England, Surrey and Northants.
2023-12 When Yorkshire dismissed Somerset for 63 in the following round of the competition what was Fred Truman’s analysis?2023-A12 Six for 15.
2023-13 Who was the Somerset wicket keeper who in the Gents. v. Players match at Lord’s stood up to the two fastest bowlers in England, N. A. Knox and Walter Brearley?2023-A13 H. Martyn.
2023-14 Somerset awarded one county cap in 1965. Who was the recipient?2023-A14 Wicket-keeper Geoff Clayton.
2023-15 Who were the two Yorkshire bowlers who recorded “the ton” when Somerset scored 630 runs against them at Leeds in 1901?2023-A15 George Hirst whose figures were 37-1-189-1 and Wilfred Rhodes 46.5-12-145-6.
2023-16 Name the three Somerset players, a batsman, a pace bowler and a wicket keeper who retired in 1965?2023-A16 Batsman Peter Wight, pace bowler Geoff Hall and wicketkeeper Peter Eele.
2023-17 What milestone did Brian Langford reach in the match against Northants. at Weston-super-Mare in 1965?2023-A17 He took his 1000th wicket in first-class cricket.
2023-18 At the same festival who took his first hat-trick in first-class cricket after 17 years in the game?2023-A18 Fred Titmus.
2023-19 On Somerset’s northern tour that year (1965) who scored 118 and took seven for 56 against Lancashire, following it with seven for 59 against Derbyshire?2023-A19 Ken Palmer.
2023-20 When did Ken Palmer make his debut for Somerset and in what year was he capped?2023-A20 He first played in 1955 and was capped in 1958.

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 3

Questions 41-60 (and Answers here)

2023-41 What was Somerset’s initial reaction to the Gillette Cup?

2023-42 What took place at Taunton for the first time on December 8, 1961?

2023-43 For which Birmingham League side did Fred Rumsey play?

2023-44 Who was the Oxford University pace bowler registered by Somerset in 1962?

2023-45 Which Lancashire League club attempted to sign Bill Alley to succeed Garfield Sobers as their professional in 1962?

2023-46 Who was Harold Stephenson’s 1000th first-class victim in first-class cricket?

2023-47 When did Harold Stephenson retire?

2023-48 Bertie Buse’s benefit match against Lancashire in 1953 was over in a day. Can you name another cricketer whose benefit against Somerset lasted a similarly brief period?

2023-49 In 1963 a Somerset player’s benefit realised a record sum. Who was he and who was the previous record beneficiary?

2023-50 On May 27, 1964, Somerset at 215 for nine defeated Nottinghamshire 215 all out in a Gillette Cup match. Who was Man of the Match?

2023-51 Which Somerset wicket-keeper was born at Billingham?

2023-52 Which Football League side did he play with?

2023-53 What representative honours came the way of Harold Stephenson?

2023-54 For which club did he play league cricket before coming to Somerset? (He played in Durham).

2023-55 What is the highest score ever made in first-class cricket on the Glastonbury ground?

2023-56 An opening batsman of the late 60s and early 70s, he came from Killinghall in Yorkshire. Who was he?

2023-57 How old was Ian Botham when he achieved the Test double and how many matches did it take him?

2023-58 Which Somerset amateur of the 20s and 30s was known as “BOX”?

2023-59 Which cricketer born at Wellington played for Somerset although it turned out to be Wellington, New Zealand?

2023-60 Who was known as “The Colonel”?

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No.2

Questions 21-40 (and Answers here)

2023-21What Somerset pace bowler was in his youth an avid attender of “the Proms” in the Albert Hall?

2023-22 Where was he born?

2023-23 How many wickets did he take in his two seasons with Worcestershire?

2023-24 And how many in his first season with Somerset?

2023-25 What was his memorable performance when opening the bowling against New Zealand at Lord’s in 1965?

2023-26 What happened to Peter Robinson’s batting in 19679

2023-27 Who top-scored for Somerset in their first-ever Gillette Cup Final against Kent in 1967?

2023-28 At which sport did M. M. Walford represent Great Britain in the Olympic Games of 1948?

2023-29 When W. T. Greswell was in the Repton side of 1908 which famous cricket historian was his captain?

2023-30 Which Somerset player while touring India in 1926-27 took part in a sixth-wicket stand of 140 in 90 minutes against Hindus at Bombay?

2023-31 Who was his partner?

2023-32 Who led the tour?

2023-33 For which club did slow left armer John McMahon play for in the Central Lancashire League?

2023-34 Who was the Somerset bowler who went to West Hartlepool in the North Yorkshire and South Durham League?

2023-35 For which other county was J. G. Lomax capped?

2023-36 Somerset had another Lomax playing for them at the same time. Who was he and what was his background?

2023-37 In which year was Bill Alley voted Cricketer of the Year by his fellow professionals?

2023-38 Who was the South African bowler that Somerset tried to sign in 1962?

2023-39 For which Minor County was he playing at the time?

2023-40 Which side was Bill Alley to be found coaching in April 1962?

Somerset Women’s Quiz – 2023

Women’s Cricket in Somerset in 2023

Q1 – Who was appointed as captain of Somerset Women in 2023?

Q2 – Somerset Women were scheduled to play 8 matches in the 2023 Women’s County T20 competition – how many actually went ahead?

Q3 – Which two players scored half-centuries as Somerset Women beat Wiltshire in a 50-over match in August 2023?

Q4 – Who was Western Storm’s leading wicket-taker in the 2023 regional season?

Q5 – The final match of the 2023 Women’s Ashes series was played at the County Ground, Taunton. Who scored a century for England during that match?

Somerset Women – History

Q6 – When did Somerset first form as a County Association within the Women’s Cricket Association?

Q7 – Somerset hold the record for the highest score in English women’s T20 cricket, scored against Wales in 2013 – what is that score?

Q8 – Who is Somerset Women’s leading wicket-taker across all formats?

Q9 – How many times have Somerset won Division Two of the Women’s County Championship?

Q10 – Which home ground have Somerset Women played at the most times in their history (in the Women’s County Championship or Women’s County T20)?

Somerset Women – Players

Q11 – Which Somerset Women player hailed from the Czech Republic?

Q12 – Four players who played for Somerset Women in their first ever Women’s County Championship game made their England debut in the same match, against the Netherlands in July 1999 – can you name them?

Q13 – Which Somerset Women player made her England debut in 2023?

Q14 – Who holds the record for the highest List A score by a Somerset Women player, with 138* against Wales in 2015?

Q15 – Name the four players who have played for Somerset Women and have also won a Women’s Cricket World Cup

Women’s Cricket at the County Ground, Taunton

Q16 – How many matches have Western Storm played at the County Ground, Taunton (during the Kia Super League, Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and Charlotte Edwards Cup)?

Q17 – Western Storm played their first match at the County Ground, Taunton in 2016 against Lancashire Thunder. Who took four wickets for Storm during that match?

Q18 – England played their first international match at the County Ground, Taunton in 1997. Who were their opponents?

Q19 – Name either of the two players who scored a century at the County Ground, Taunton during the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup.

Q20 – The first recorded women’s cricket match at the County Ground, Taunton, took place in 1953 between a Women’s Cricket Association XI and the South. How much did it cost for an adult to gain admission to the match? I

Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 1

Questions 1-20 and Answers here
2023-1 Why was M. M. Walford unavailable for selection by Somerset in the summer of 1950?
2023-2 Who was the Somerset player whose father conducted the enquiry into public safety at Association Football grounds?
2023-3 Who asked for “four more gerania, Crusoe”, and why?
2023-4 In the Gillette Cup of 1965 against Berkshire one of the Minor County’s players was Man of the Match. Which one?
2023 -5 Who was the Scottish rugby international (asked to play for his country at age 16 and 17) who scored 100 in 63 minutes for Lancashire v. Somerset at Bath shortly before the First World War?
2023-6 Which two Somerset captains have captained England?
2023-7 Which Somerset player took part in the famous “Fowler’s match” between Eton and Harrow in 1910?
2023-8 Which South African batsman did Somerset try to sign in 1965?
2023-9 For which club (not first-class) did Chris Greetham play after being released by Somerset in 1965?
2023-10 What was unusual about the Somerset v. Notts. Gillette Cup match at Taunton in May 1965?
2023-11 As the result of these postponements, the original adjudicator was unable to make the presentations, only being available for the first two days. Who was he?
2023-12 When Yorkshire dismissed Somerset for 63 in the following round of the competition what was Fred Truman’s analysis?
2023-13 Who was the Somerset wicket keeper who in the Gents. v. Players match at Lord’s stood up to the two fastest bowlers in England, N. A. Knox and Walter Brearley?
2023-14 Somerset awarded one county cap in 1965. Who was the recipient?
2023-15 Who were the two Yorkshire bowlers who recorded “the ton” when Somerset scored 630 runs against them at Leeds in 1901?
2023-16 Name the three Somerset players, a batsman, a pace bowler and a wicket keeper who retired in 1965?
2023-17 What milestone did Brian Langford reach in the match against Northants. at Weston-super-Mare in 1965?
2023-18 At the same festival who took his first hat-trick in first-class cricket after 17 years in the game?
2023-19 On Somerset’s northern tour that year (1965) who scored 118 and took seven for 56 against Lancashire, following it with seven for 59 against Derbyshire?
2023-20 When did Ken Palmer make his debut for Somerset and in what year was he capped?

Somerset Cricket Quiz – Answers 142 – 200

PETER WIGHT

142 222 against Kent at Taunton in 1959.

143 Harold Gimblett with 2134 runs in 1952.

144 Only one season. He was overtaken by Bill Alley in 1961.

145 Georgetown, British Guiana.

146 Both men appeared on the first-class umpires list.

THE SEVENTIES

147 Philip Slocombe.

148 Roy Virgin.

149 David Gurr.

150 Viv Richards and Peter Roebuck.

151 Tom Cartwright of all people!

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

152 Lancashire.

153 Counties had the option by agreement of playing “late hours”, that is from 1.30 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.

154 20.

155 32.

156 In 1979 when they lost for the first time in the last game of the season against Sussex at Hove.

TESTERS

157 Martin Crowe and T. C. Lowry in the 1920s.

158 Sunil Gavaskar and Abbas Ali Baig.

159 Colin McCool, Greg Chappell, Steve Waugh, Kerry O’Keeffe.

160 H. W. Stephenson.

161 Yes. A one-day international against Sri Lanka at Taunton in 1983.

ENEMY DEEDS

162 Buckinghamshire.

163 Mike Gating who scored 258 in 1984 and 196 in 1987.

164 Bill Edrich and Denis Compton.

165 Richard Hadlee for Nottinghamshire against Somerset at Trent Bridge, August 1987.

166 424 by A. C. McLaren of Lancashire in 1895.

HAROLD GIMBLETT

167 Dorset.

168 The Lawrence Trophy awarded for the fastest century of the season.

169 The Old Trafford Test of 1950 against West Indies. He was never selected for England again.

170 He was attached to the National Fire Service.

171 Millfield,

HOME AND-AWAY

172 Both captains, Ian Botham and Viv Richards together with both umpires, Bill Alley and Ken Palmer, had Somerset connections.

173 Greg Chappell in the fifth Test of 1973 at the Oval.

174 Sunil Gavaskar.

175 The Bradford League.

176 C. W. Grove.

177 Middlesex.

178 Wicket-keeper Leslie Compton bowled and kept wicket alternately for the first eight overs of the second innings.

179 A. Fairbairn with 108 in the second innings.

180 L. B. Fishlock.

181 Eric Bedser who scored 154,

MISCELLANEOUS

182 In the course of it he had a partnership of 144 with A, E.s. Rippon thought to be the only time that twins have shared in a century partnership in first-class cricket.

183 Six.

184 J. C.P. Madden-Gaskell.

185 A. E. Newton.

186 Jack Redman.

187 Frank Ashley Phillips.

188 SirS. Ponsonby-Fane.

189 At Beckenham.

190 Tom Richardson.

MISCELLANEOUS

191 Graham Stevenson who hit him for seven sixes, Crowe’s final analysis being 6-0-70-0.

192 H. N. E. “Granny” Alston at The Oval in 1933.

193 Bobby Abel.

194 811.

195 At Hastings, playing for a Commonwealth XI against an England XI.

196 Richard Ollis.

197 Hockey.

198 Rugby Union football.

199 For greyhound racing.

200 N. S. Mitchell-Innes at Killermont, Glasgow, in 1931.

Somerset Women (& Girls) Cricket Quiz 2022 -Answers

Q1. a) 2002

Q2. d) Three [Steph Davies, Anya Shrubsole, Frances Wilson]

Q3. c) between 75 ands 125

Q4. d) Sophie Luff

Q5. d) Lorraine Szczepanski

Q6. c) Fourth [3 times; in 2006, 2007 & 2009]

Q7. b) 312-2 [vs Devon, in 2015]

Q8. d) Anya Shrubsole

Q9. a) Berkshire [18x]

Q10. b) Niamh Holland

Q11. d) the Netherlands

Q12. b) 2016

Q13. d) 2017 & 2019 [also runners-up in 2016]

Q14. c) Four [Janet Godman 1993, Caroline Atkins 2009, Anya Shrubsole

2009 & 2017, Frances Wilson 2017]

Q15. c) South Africa [250-3, in a 121 run victory]

Q16. c) Anya Shrubsole

Q17. c) 2015

Q18. d) South Africa

Q19. d) Sri Lanka

Q20. b) Alice Davidson-Richards

Our thanks to Mark Gladman for contributing this quiz – hope you all enjoyed it.

Somerset Cricket Quiz – Questions 142 – 200

And Answers here

PETER WIGHT
142 What was Peter Wight’s highest career score?
143 Peter Wight set up a new record aggregate of 2316 runs the season of 1960. Who had previously held it?
144 How long did Peter Wight’s record last?
145 Where was Peter Wight’s birthplace?
146 What did he have in common with Bill Alley after retiral?
THE SEVENTIES
147 Who was the first Somerset player to score 1000 runs for the county in the year of his first-class debut?
148 Which Somerset cricketer was one of Wisden’s Five Players of the Year in 1971?
149 Who was the Somerset bowler who returned Gillette Cup figures of 12-4-15-1 against Northumberland in 1977?
150 Who were the two batsmen who put on 251 against Surrey at Weston in 1977 for the fourth wicket?
151 Who went for 74 in eight overs (taking one wicket) against Kent in the John Player League in 1970 at Weston (Devonshire Road)?
COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
152 Which county has beaten Somerset on four occasions within a day in County championship matches?
153 What was unusual about the playing hours for county championship matches in the 1968 season?
154 What is the minimum number of championship matches scheduled in a season for Somerset since 1946?
155 And the maximum?
156 In which season did Somerset go through the championship unbeaten until the last match?
TESTERS
157 Name two New Zealand Test players who have played for Somerset.
158 And two Indian Test players.
159 Four Australian Test players who have done likewise.
160 One of the Somerset players: N. S. Mitchell-Innes, M. Tremlett, H. W. Stephenson, K. Palmer is not a Test cricketer. Which one?
161 Has Somerset ever staged an international match?
ENEMY DEEDS
162 Which Minor County did Somerset lose to in the Nat. West competition of 19877
163 Who was the player who tell four runs short of making a double century in consecutive visits to Bath?
164 Who were the two Middlesex batsmen who had a stand of 424 against Somerset at Lord’s in 1948?
165 In season 1987 a player scored a century and took twelve wickets in the same match against Somerset. Who was he?
166 What is the highest individual score recorded against Somerset?
HAROLD GIMBLETT
167 For which Minor County did Harold Gimblett play?
168 Which trophy was he awarded for his century against Essey at Frome in 1935?
169 From which Test did he withdraw because of a carbuncle on his neck?
170 How did he spend his war service?
171 With which public school was he associated as coach and groundsman?
HOME AND AWAY
172 What was unusual about the fifth Test against the West Indies at Headingley in 1980 from the Somerset point of view?
173 Who was the Somerset player who became part of the first instance of brothers hitting a century in the same innings of a Test match?
174 Which player who was later to have a Somerset connection scored three centuries in three successive Tests in Australia in 1977-78?
175 Miles Coope and Johnny Lawrence both came from the same cricketing background. What was it?
176 Who was the Warwickshire bowler who did the hat-trick against Somerset at Taunton in May 1947?
177 The Somerset side of 1947 did the double against the champions. Who were the 1947 champions?
178 What was odd about the second innings bowling of Middlesex in the Taunton match that year?
179 In this match a Middlesex amateur got a century on his debut. Name?
180 Who scored a double century for Surrey at the Oval in July 1949? Two clues: an opener and left-handed.
181 What other Surrey player got a century in their 501 for three declared?
MISCELLANEOUS
182 What was noteworthy about A. D. E. Rippon’s 119 against Essex at Leyton, 1919?
183 How many centuries did A. E. S. Rippon make for Somerset?
184 Who was the army officer who played very occasionally for Somerset but made 42 and 63 against Larwood at Taunton in 1928?
185 Who was the wicket-keeper who continued in club cricket until he was 80 and who had 416 victims for Somerset?
186 Who was the Somerset bowler who against Derbyshire at Frome in 1951 took seven for 23?
187 Name the Boer War soldier, later an Assistant District Commissioner in Southern Nigeria, who scored 122 out of 630 against Yorkshire at Leeds in 1901?
188 Who played for Middlesex and Surrey and later became Treasurer of the M.C.C, and President of Somerset?
189 On which Kent ground did J. R. Mason score 126 against Somerset and take 10 for 180 in 1904?
190 Who was the Test bowler who played chiefly for Surrey and London County but came to Somerset for a brief spell at the end of his illustrious career?
191 Who was the Yorkshire Player who took Martin Crowe apart during a Sunday League match at Middlesbrough in 1984?
192 Who dismissed Jack Hobbs in the only match he himself played for Somerset?
193 Name the Surrey batsman, known as “The Guv’nor”) who scored 357* against Somerset at The Oval in 1899?
194 What was the Surrey total in that match?
195 On which ground did Bill Alley score his 3000th run in September 1961?
196 Name the Keynsham batsman of the 1980s whose highest score for Somerset was 99*?
197  For what other sport is Clarence Park used?
198 And Bath?
199 For what other sport has the county ground at Taunton been used?
200 Can you name the Somerset skipper who was capped by Scotland in a Boys’ International golf match?

Somerset Cricket Quiz – Answers 121 – 141

THE UMPIRES LIST OF 1987
121 Name the two umpires on the 1987 list who played for Somerset when under 17 years of age?121 J. H. Harris and Alan Whitehead.
122 Which umpire was educated at Taunton School but never played for Somerset?122 John Jameson of Warwickshie.
123 Who is the umpire who played for Somerset and whose nickname is “Buckets”?123 A. A. Jones (possible uncomplimentary reference to his fielding!).
124 Which umpire has a one in four chance of standing in a match where one of his former teams is involved?124 A. A. Jones who played with Sussex, Somerset, Middlesex and Glamorgan.
125 Which umpire attended Backwell Secondary Modern School in Nailsea?125 Mervyn Kitchen, formerly with Somerset.
126 Can you name the two brothers on the umpires list in 1987?126 Ken and Roy Palmer.
127 Did they have anything else in common127 Both played for Somerset.
128 Which of them was born within the county?128 Neither of them. Ken was born at Winchester and his younger brother Roy at Devizes
129 In what country did Ken Palmer play his only Test match?129 In South Africa in the tour of 1965.
130 Who is the senior umpire on the panel?130 Peter Wight (Somerset).
131When was he first appointed?131 In 1966.
132 How many brothers did he have and how many were Test cricketers?132 He had three brothers of whom G. L. Wight played for West Indies while H. A. Wight and N. Wight both played for British Guiana.
THE YEAR 1966
133 What was unusual about the championship matches of 1966?133 Some of them had an experimental first-innings limitation of 65 overs.
134 In this season Somerset first played competitive Sunday cricket. Where and against whom?134 At Ilford against Essex on May 15.
135 Who was the bowler who returned figures against Notts. at Trent Bridge 17.2-14-10-7?135 Peter Robinson.
136 What significance did the match against Glamorgan at Cardiff on August 13, 1966, have?136 It was the last county championship match to be played at Cardiff Arms Park.
137 What record did Roy Virgin set during the season?137 He took 42 catches, constituting a county record.
138 Who was the amateur who in his first season and at the age of 19 took 76 wickets but could never play regularly because he became a tea-planter in Ceylon?138 W. T. Greswell who in a span of twenty years appeared regularly in only three seasons.
139 Who was the Somerset batsman who was picked for England, never got an innings and was never selected again for a Test?139 J. C. W. MacBryan – against South Africa in 1924 at Old Trafford
140 Which Somerset cricketer spent much of World War One as an interned prisoner of war in Holland?140 J. C. W. MacBryan.
141 If Arthur Wellard had played for his native county which badge would have been on his cap?141 The Invicta of Kent.

Somerset Cricket Quiz – Answers 101 – 120



JACK WHITE
101What was White’s “Miracle of Brisbane’?101 In November 1928 in the Test match there he bowled six overs of which two were maidens and took four wickets for seven runs.
102 On that tour in 1928 he was vice-captain. Who was the captain?102 A.P.F. Chapman.
103 White took over in 1928 as captain for the last Test, a game, which set a record. Why?103 It was a timeless test and lasted for eight days, at that time the longest duration ever for a cricket match
104 What was his performance in the Adelaide Test of that series?10413 wickets for 256 runs.
105:What were his batting and bowling aggregates for Somerset?105 2361 wickets at 18.58 and 12,152 runs at 17.89
NICKNAMES AND TERMS OF ABUSE
In recent Somerset dressing-rooms who answers or answered tothe following terms of endearment?
106 Pacman?106 Paul Bail (from his initials P. A. C).
107 Pooch?107 Mark Davis.
108 Jo burg?108 Jeremy Lloyds.
109 Ghostie?109 Neil Mallender.
110 Pediar?110 Gary Palmer.
111 Rosie?111 Not Brian but Graham Rose.
112 Harry?112 That’s Brian Rose.
113 Ziggy?113 Murray Turner.
114 Earp?114 Julian Wyatt (for obvious reasons).
115 Twiglets?115 Nigel Felton.
FOR AND AGAINST
116 Which Somerset player has a father who was both captain and president of Somerset?116 Jonathan Atkinson.
117 Which Somerset batsman scored 174 for Cambridge in the Varsity match of 1986?117 Paul Bail.
118 Which recently retired cricketer had his career-best bowling figures against Somerset at Bristol in 1986?118 Phil Bainbridge, with eight for 53.
119 Who was the first Somerset player since Harold Gimblett to score a first-class century on his debut?119 R. J. Bartlett with 117* against Oxford University in 1986.
120 At Headingly in 1985 “Mutley”scored a career-best 90 for Yorkshire against Somerset. What is “Mutley’s” real name?120 Richard Blakely.

The Somerset Cricket Quiz – Answers 81 – 100

JOHN CORNISH WHITE
81 What was the combined playing span of J. C. White and Lionel Palairet?81 47 years, from 1891 to 1937.
82 Against which county did J. C. White take ten for 16 in 1921 and 16 wickets in 1919?82 Against Worcestershire in matches at Worcester and Bath.
83 How often did J. C. White score 1000 runs in a season?83 Twice, in 1929 and 1930.
84 Jack White holds the Somerset record for catches. How many?84 He took 391 catches altogether
OVERSEAS ALLEGIANCES
The following Somerset players appeared with states, provinces or districts abroad. Identify their overseas sides.
85 D.J. S. Taylor in South Africa.85 Griqualand West.
86 Vic Marks in Australia.86 Western Australia.
87 Martin Crowe in New Zealand.87 Central District and Auckland.
88 Viv Richards in the West Indies.88 The Leeward Islands.
R. C. ROBERTSON-GLASGOW
89 What did R. C. stand for?89 Raymond Charles.
90 Which public school did he attend?90 Charterhouse.
91 How many appearances did he make for Oxford in the Varsity match?91 Four.
92 What was his career span with Somerset?92 From 1919 to 1937.
93 What was his best bowling performance for them?93 Nine for 39 against Middlesex at Lord’s in 1924.
94 Who nicknamed him Robinson Crusoe?94 The famous amateur cricketer C. P. McGahey of Essex.
95 He shared in only two century partnerships, each time with the same batsman. Who was the other person?95 G. Young with whom he put on 160 against Essex at Knowle and 139 against Worcester at Taunton, both in 1928. 
ARTHUR WELLARD
96 How long did Wellard play with Somerset?96 From 1927 to 1950.
97 Twice he hit five sixes in an over. One of the bowlers to suffer was Armstrong of Derbyshire. Who was the other?97 Frank Woolley of Kent.
98 What advice was he repeatedly given when he unsuccessfully asked his native county, Kent, for a trial?98 “Much better be a policeman”
99 He was selected to go on the England tour which had to be cancelled because of the outbreak of war in 1939. Where would this tour have been going?99 To India.
100 Who was the Australian bowler whom he hit onto the grandstand balcony during the Lord’s Test of 1938?100 Stan McCabe.

The Somerset Cricket Quiz – Answers 61 – 80

BILL ALLEY
61 When Bill Alley made 3019 runs in 1961 how many centuries did he make all told?61 Eleven.
62 How many wickets did he take in that season?62 Sixty-two.
63 What was his record in Australia as a professional boxer?63 He had 28 fights and won them all.
64 What record did he set in the match against Surrey at Taunton in June 1961?64 He scored 183 not out followed by 134 not out. No Somerset player had ever compiled two not-out centuries in the same match.
65 How many runs did he score that year in the match at Taunton against the touring Australian side?65 134 followed by 95 not out.
66 How many centuries did he hit for Somerset in that season?66 Ten. The other was made for A. E. R. Gilligan’s XI v. the Australians.
67 How many other first-class players have made ten centuries in a season at the age of 42?67 Only two: Jack Hobbs and Frank Woolley.
68 What was his lowest match aggregate in that season?68 None. He recorded a pair against Glamorgan at Weston-super -Mare.
69 Alley was one of two Somerset players picked to play against the Gentlemen that year. Who was the other?69 Graham Atkinson.
70 How many balls did Bill Alley bowl against Essex at Yeovil in 1960 without conceding a run?70 93.
MORE NICKNAMES
Which Somerset players answer or answered to the following nicknames?
71 Mandy?71N.S. Mitchell-Innes.
72 Babe?72 Maurice Tremlett.
73 Chimp?73 Geoff Clayton.
74 Rupert?74 Peter Roebuck.
75 Twitch?75 Dennis Breakwell.
VARSITY MATCHES
76 What was unusual about the match between Somerset and Cambridge University at Taunton in 1960.76 All four innings produced century opening partnerships, a feat unparalleled in first-class cricket.
77 Name the Cambridge bat who scored a century in each innings77 R. M. Prideaux, later of Kent, Northants and Sussex.
78 Name the Somerset cricketer who failed by one run to match this feat.78 Peter Wight who scored 105 in the first innings and 99 in the second
79 Name the other two Somerset players who made centuries in this game.79 Graham Atkinson 103 and Roy Virgin 113.
80 Name the TV commentator who had a first-innings century for Cambridge.80 A.R. “Tony” Lewis – later of Glamorgan.

Somerset Women (& Girls) Cricket Quiz 2022

(SOMERSET, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL – Multiple Choice)

Q1. In what year did the Somerset Girls U15’s start playing in the County Championship?

a. 2002

b. 2003

c. 2004

d. 2005

Q2. How many girls that have represented Somerset Girls age group teams have gone on to play for the England Women’s team?

a. None

b. One

c. Two

d. Three

Q3. How many players have represented Somerset Women in the modern era (since the year 2000)?

a. Less than 25

b. Between 25 and 75

c. Between 75 and 125

d. Greater than 125

Q4. Who is currently the only batter to score more than 3000 runs for Somerset Women?

a. Janet Godman

b. Frances Wilson

c. Hannah Knight (nee Lloyd)

d. Sophie Luff

Q5. What player has currently taken the most wickets for Somerset Women?

a. Jackie Hawker

b. Anya Shrubsole

c. Nicole Harvey (nee Richards)

d. Lorraine Szczepanski

Q6. What is the highest position that Somerset Women have finished in Division 1 of the County Championships?

a. First

b. Second

c. Third

d. Fourth

Q7. What is the highest score achieved by Somerset Women in a 50 over match?

a. 325-5

b. 312-2

c. 304-6

d. 275-3

Q8.   What player returned the best figures for Somerset Women of 7 wickets for 28 runs, in a County Championship match against Surrey in 2007?

a. Jackie Hawker

b. Laura Harper

c. Isabelle Westbury

d. Anya Shrubsole

Q9. What team have Somerset Women played more than any other?

a. Berkshire

b. Surrey

c. Wales

d. Devon

Q10. What current Somerset Women’s player has been selected to play for the England Women’s U19 team in the World Cup in South Africa in Feb. 2023.

a. Daisy Jeanes

b. Niamh Holland

c. Joleigh Roberts

d. Jess Hazell

Q11. What Country did Isabelle Westbury represent in the 2005 European Championships?

a. England

b. Ireland

c. Scotland

d. Netherlands

Q12. In what year did the Women’s [KIA] Super League begin?

a. 2015

b. 2016

c. 2017

d. 2018

Q13. In which two years did Western Storm win the Women’s ([KIA] Super League title?

a. 2016 & 2017

b. 2017 & 2018

c. 2016 & 2018

d. 2017 & 2019

e. 2018 & 2019

f. 2016 & 2019

Q14. How many Somerset Women’s players have World Cup winners’ medals?

a. None

b. Two

c. Four

d. Six

Q15. England Women scored their highest ever T20 International score at Taunton in 2018, but, who where they playing?

a. India

b. New Zealand

c. South Africa

d.   West Indies

Q16. Which Somerset Women’s player took 6 wickets in the 2017 Women’s ODI World Cup Final at Lords?

a. Sarah Collyer

b. Laura Harper

c. Anya Shrubsole

d. Frances Wilson

Q17. In what year did Lizelle Lee start playing for Somerset Women?

a. 2013

b. 2014

c. 2015

d. 2016

Q18. Which Country did Lizelle Lee go on to represent?

a. England

b. Australia

c. New Zealand

d.   South Africa

Q19. In 1993 England Women won the World Cup by beating New Zealand in the Final, but what team from those listed did not feature in the tournament that year?

a. Denmark

b. Ireland

c. Netherlands

d. Sri Lanka

Q20. Who scored a century (107 runs) when making her Test Match debut for England at Taunton earlier this summer?

a. Natalie Sciver

b. Alice Davidson-Richards

c. Isabelle Wong

d. Lauren Bell

The Somerset Cricket Quiz – Answers 41 – 60

Fancy Caps

41 Identify the following amateurs from their initials (a) M. M. (b)G. R. S. (c) H. H.
41 Walford, Langdale, Watts.
42 And these (a) A. A. (b) C. C. C. (c) L. St. V
42 Baig, Case, Powell.
43 Name the Somerset amateur who played for the West Indies against England before the Second World War.
43 J. H. Cameron who played in the Test series in England in 1939.
44 Name the four Somerset players who played for the Gentlemen against Players in 1924.
44 J. C. MacBryan, M. D. Lyon, J. C. White and R. C. Robertson-Glasgow.
45 Who was the prominent Somerset amateur cricketer who was killed in the Second World War?
45 F. H. McRae.
46 Who was the amateur captain who scored 1000 runs for Somerset in 1950?
46 S.S. Rogers.
47 Who was the England rugby full-back who played a trial for Somerset in the match in which A. C. McLaren made 424 for Lancashire at Taunton?
47 H. T. Gamlin whose analysis was two for 182 in that match in 1895.
48 Who was Somerset’s first captain in first-class cricket?
48 H. T. Hewett.
49 Lionel Palairet was one of the great Somerset amateur batsman. Who was the brother who later became club president?
49 Richard Palairet.
50 Name the amateur who scored four centuries in three matches in 1908.
50 P. R. Johnson with two against Middlesex in the same match, 164, 131, and 117 against Hampshire and 126 against Kent.



NICKNAMES

Which Somerset players were known as

51 Crusoe?
51 R. C. Robertson-Glasgow.
52 Dasher?
52 Peter Denning.
53 Budgie?
53 Graham Burgess.
54 The Demon of Frome?
54 Colin Dredge.
55 The Big Bird?
55 Joel Garner.
56 The Farmer?
56 J.C. White.
57 Sammy?
57 S.M.J. Woods.
58 Dar?
58 M.D. Lyon.
59 Chico?
59 Brian Roe.
60 Sir Len?
60 Phil Slocombe.

The Somerset Cricket Quiz – Questions 121 – 141

THE UMPIRES LIST OF 1987

121 Name the two umpires on the 1987 list who played for Somerset when under 17 years of age?

122 Which umpire was educated at Taunton School but never played for Somerset?

123 Who is the umpire who played for Somerset and whose nickname is “Buckets”?

124 Which umpire has a one in four chance of standing in a match where one of his former teams is involved?

125 Which umpire attended Backwell Secondary Modern School in Nailsea?

126 Can you name the two brothers on the umpires list in 1987?

127 Did they have anything else in common

128 Which of them was born within the county?

129 In what country did Ken Palmer play his only Test match?

130 Who is the senior umpire on the panel?

131When was he first appointed?

132 How many brothers did he have and how many were Test cricketers?

THE YEAR 1966

133 What was unusual about the championship matches of 1966?

134 In this season Somerset first played competitive Sunday cricket. Where and against whom?

135 Who was the bowler who returned figures against Notts. at Trent Bridge 17.2-14-10-7?

136 What significance did the match against Glamorgan at Cardiff on August 13, 1966, have?

137 What record did Roy Virgin set during the season?

138 Who was the amateur who in his first season and at the age of 19 took 76 wickets but could never play regularly because he became a tea-planter in Ceylon?

139 Who was the Somerset batsman who was picked for England, never got an innings and was never selected again for a Test?

140 Which Somerset cricketer spent much of World War One as an interned prisoner of war in Holland?

141 If Arthur Wellard had played for his native county which badge would have been on his cap?

The Somerset Cricket Quiz – Answers 21 – 40

THE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 
21 What was unusual about the County Championship matches of 1919?21 They were played over two days only.
22 And those of 1939?22 For that season only there was an experiment with eight-ball overs.
23 When did Somerset tie a game because the last opposing batsman took more than two minutes to arrive at the wicket?23 Against Sussex at Taunton in 1919, Heygarth was the Sussex batsman involved.
24 Who beat Somerset in a day in 1947?24 Derbyshire at Chesterfield.
25 Who did likewise in 1953?25 Lancashire at Bath (Bertie Buse’s benefit match).
26 Who was the last Somerset player to do the double?26 Bill Alley in 1962.
27 How many players have kept wicket for England and Somerset since the Second World War?27 One, Jim Parks who kept for England when with Sussex.
28 How many championship centuries did Bill Alley score when making his 3000 runs in 1961?28 Nine.
29 Which batsman scored three centuries against Northants between the years 1982 and 1983?29 Jeremy Lloyds.
30 What is the highest score by a Somerset player in the county championship?30 322 by Viv Richards against Warwickshire at Taunton in 1985.
JOHN PLAYER LEAGUE
31 On which ground did Somerset win the John Player League title of 1979?31 At Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
32 On which ground did Norman McVicker hit the last two balls for sixes to win the game for Leicestershire?32 At Yeovil.
33 Who was the unfortunate bowler?33 A. A. Jones.
34 A Somerset bowler holds an unsurpassable record in Sunday League cricket. Who is he?34 Brian Langford whose analysis against Essex at Yeovil in 1969 was 8-8-0-0
35 Trevor Gard had two serious injuries while keeping wicket in John Player League matches for Somerset. Who took over behind the stumps in the matches affected?35 Nigel Popplewell at Bath v. Glamorgan in 1983 and Viv Richards against Sussex at Horsham in 1986.
36 Name the fast bowler who returned a fine analysis at Bath in a J.P.L match against Lancashire in 1980 while deputising for Joel Garner.36 Hugh Gore.
37 What noteworthy performance did Bob Clapp record in the J.P.L.?37 34 wickets in a season in 1974.
38 What is the most northerly ground on which Somerset have played in the Sunday league?38 Middlesbrough, against Yorkshire.
39 What is Joel Garner’s best bowling performance Gloucestershire?39 Four for 21 at Bath in 1981.
40 And lan Botham’s best batting performance in the Sunday game?40 175* (13 sixes) against Northamptonshire at Wellingborough in a match which was abandoned in August 1986.

The Somerset Cricket Quiz – Answers 1 – 20

CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS

1 Which Somerset captain had the initials S. M. J.?
Samuel Moses Joseph Woods, 1894-1906.
2 Which Somerset skipper was known as “The Prophet”?
John Daniell 1908-12, 1919-26
3 Which two Somerset captains have been headmasters of Millfield School?
R.J. O. Meyer and C. R. M. Atkinson.
4 Which Somerset captain was a Berkshire farmer?
Ben Brocklehurst.
5 Which Somerset captain was a Somerset farmer?
J. C. White 1927-31.
6 Which Somerset captain was born on a Red Indian reservation?
D. R. W. Silk.
7 Which Somerset captain was a serving naval officer?
G. G. Tordoff.
8 Which three players shared the captaincy officially in 1948?
G. E. S. Woodhouse, J. W. Seamer, N. S. Mitchell-Innes.
9 Which Somerset captain was known as ” Bunty”?
E. F. Longrigg 1938-46.
10 Which Somerset captain did the double in his first season in county cricket?
Brian Close for Yorkshire in 1949.



COUNTY GROUNDS

11 On what ground did Harold Gimblett hit the fastest century of the first-class season of 1935 on his debut for Somerset?
Frome, against Essex.
12 On what ground did Arthur Wellard hit five sixes in one over v. Derbyshire in 1936?
Wells. Derbyshire were champions in 1936.
13 Name two grounds on which Somerset have played at Yeovil.
Westland and Johnson Park
14 And the ground at Bristol
The Imperial Ground. Also Knowle and Brislington.
15 Which distinguished Somerset John Player League bowling performance was given at Glastonbury by Graham Burgess?
Six for 25 against Glamorgan in 1972.
16 What is the name of the (old) county ground at Bath?
The Recreation Ground.
17 On which ground outside the county did Somerset first play in the John Player League?
Torquay.
18 Where did the inaugural meeting of Somerset County Cricket Club decide that the county ground should be?
It was decided that there should be no county ground!
19 What rivers flow past the grounds at Bath and Taunton?
The Avon and the Tone, respectively.
20 To which player is the Memorial Gates at the County Ground, Taunton, dedicated?
To J.C. White.

The Somerset Cricket Quiz – Questions 101 – 120

JACK WHITE

101What was White’s “Miracle of Brisbane’?

102 On that tour in 1928 he was vice-captain. Who was the captain?

103 White took over in 1928 as captain for the last Test, a game, which set a record. Why?

104 What was his performance in the Adelaide Test of that series?

105:What were his batting and bowling aggregates for Somerset?

NICKNAMES AND TERMS OF ABUSE

In recent Somerset dressing-rooms who answers or answered tothe following terms of endearment?

106 Pacman?

107 Pooch?

108 Jo burg?

109 Ghostie?

110 Pediar?

111 Rosie?

112 Harry?

113 Ziggy?

114 Earp?

115 Twiglets?

FOR AND AGAINST

116 Which Somerset player has a father who was both captain and president of Somerset?

117 Which Somerset batsman scored 174 for Cambridge in the Varsity match of 1986?

118 Which recently retired cricketer had his career-best bowling figures against Somerset at Bristol in 1986?

119 Who was the first Somerset player since Harold Gimblett to score a first-class century on his debut?

120 At Headingly in 1985 “Mutley”scored a career-best 90 for Yorkshire against Somerset. What is “Mutley’s” real name?

The Somerset Cricket Quiz – Questions 81 – 100

JOHN CORNISH WHITE

81 What was the combined playing span of J. C. White and Lionel Palairet?

82 Against which county did J. C. White take ten for 16 in 1921 and 16 wickets in 1919?

83 How often did J. C. White score 1000 runs in a season?

84 Jack White holds the Somerset record for catches. How many?

OVERSEAS ALLEGIANCES

The following Somerset players appeared with states, provinces or districts abroad. Identify their overseas sides.

85 D.J. S. Taylor in South Africa.

86 Vic Marks in Australia.

87 Martin Crowe in New Zealand.

88 Viv Richards in the West Indies.

R. C. ROBERTSON-GLASGOW

89 What did R. C. stand for?

90 Which public school did he attend?

91 How many appearances did he make for Oxford in the Varsity match?

92 What was his career span with Somerset?

93 What was his best bowling performance for them?

94 Who nicknamed him Robinson Crusoe?

95 He shared in only two century partnerships, each time with the same batsman. Who was the other person?

ARTHUR WELLARD

96 How long did Wellard play with Somerset?

97 Twice he hit five sixes in an over. One of the bowlers to suffer was Armstrong of Derbyshire. Who was the other?

98 What advice was he repeatedly given when he unsuccessfully asked his native county, Kent, for a trial?

99 He was selected to go on the England tour which had to be cancelled because of the outbreak of war in 1939. Where would this tour have been going?

100 Who was the Australian bowler whom he hit onto the grandstand balcony during the Lord’s Test of 1938?

PS to Q100 – below is a photo of Arthur Wellard being presented to King George from the Museum collection.

The Somerset Cricket Quiz – Questions 61 – 80

BILL ALLEY

61 When Bill Alley made 3019 runs in 1961 how many centuries did he make all told?

62 How many wickets did he take in that season?

63 What was his record in Australia as a professional boxer?

64 What record did he set in the match against Surrey at Taunton in June 1961?

65 How many runs did he score that year in the match at Taunton against the touring Australian side?

66 How many centuries did he hit for Somerset in that season?

67 How many other first-class players have made ten centuries in a season at the age of 42?

68 What was his lowest match aggregate in that season?

69 Alley was one of two Somerset players picked to play against the Gentlemen that year. Who was the other?

70 How many balls did Bill Alley bowl against Essex at Yeovil in 1960 without conceding a run?

MORE NICKNAMES

Which Somerset players answer or answered to the following nicknames?

71 Mandy?

72 Babe?

73 Chimp?

74 Rupert?

75 Twitch?

VARSITY MATCHES

76 What was unusual about the match between Somerset and Cambridge University at Taunton in 1960.

77 Name the Cambridge bat who scored a century in each

innings.

78 Name the Somerset cricketer who failed by one run to match this feat.

79 Name the other two Somerset players who made centuries in this game.

80 Name the TV commentator who had a first-innings century for Cambridge.

The Somerset Cricket Quiz – Questions 41 – 60

FANCY CAPS

41 Identify the following amateurs from their initials (a) M. M. (b) G. R. S. (c) H. H.

42 And these (a) A. A. (b) C. C. C. (c) L. St.V

43 Name the Somerset amateur who played for the West Indies against England before the Second World War.

44 Name the four Somerset players who played for the Gentlemen against Players in 1924.

45 Who was the prominent Somerset amateur cricketer who was killed in the Second World War?

46 Who was the amateur captain who scored 1000 runs for Somerset in 1950?

47 Who was the England rugby full-back who played a trial for Somerset in the match in which A. C. McLaren made 424 for Lancashire at Taunton?

48 Who was Somerset’s first captain in first-class cricket?

49 Lionel Palairet was one of the great Somerset amateur batsman. Who was the brother who later became club president?

50 Name the amateur who scored four centuries in three matches in 1908.

NICKNAMES

Which Somerset players were known as:-

51 Crusoe?

52 Dasher?

53 Budgie?

54 The Demon of Frome?

55 The Big Bird?

56 The Farmer?

57 Sammy?

58 Dar?

59 Chico?

60 Sir Len?

The Somerset Cricket Quiz – Questions 21 – 40

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 

21 What was unusual about the County Championship matches of 1919?

22 And those of 1939?

23 When did Somerset tie a game because the last opposing batsman took more than two minutes to arrive at the wicket?

24 Who beat Somerset in a day in 1947?

25 Who did likewise in 1953?

26 Who was the last Somerset player to do the double?

27 How many players have kept wicket for England and Somerset since the Second World War?

28 How many championship centuries did Bill Alley score when making his 3000 runs in 1961?

29 Which batsman scored three centuries against Northants between the years 1982 and 1983?

30 What is the highest score by a Somerset player in the county championship?

JOHN PLAYER LEAGUE

31 On which ground did Somerset win the John Player League title of 1979?

32 On which ground did Norman McVicker hit the last two balls for sixes to win the game for Leicestershire?

33 Who was the unfortunate bowler?

34 A Somerset bowler holds an unsurpassable record in Sunday League cricket. Who is he?

35 Trevor Gard had two serious injuries while keeping wicket in John Player League matches for Somerset. Who took over behind the stumps in the matches affected?

36 Name the fast bowler who returned a fine analysis at Bath in a J.P.L match against Lancashire in 1980 while deputising for Joel Garner.

37 What noteworthy performance did Bob Clapp record in the J.P.L.?

38 What is the most northerly ground on which Somerset have played in the Sunday league?

39 What is Joel Garner’s best bowling performance Gloucestershire?

40 And lan Botham’s best batting performance in the Sunday game?

The Somerset Cricket Quiz – Questions 1 – 20

CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS

1 Which Somerset captain had the initials S. M. J.?

2 Which Somerset skipper was known as “The Prophet”?

3 Which two Somerset captains have been headmasters of Millfield School?

4 Which Somerset captain was a Berkshire farmer?

5 Which Somerset captain was a Somerset farmer?

6 Which Somerset captain was born on a Red Indian reservation?

7 Which Somerset captain was a serving naval officer?

8 Which three players shared the captaincy officially in 1948?

9 Which Somerset captain was known as ” Bunty”?

10 Which Somerset captain did the double in his first season in county cricket?

COUNTY GROUNDS

11 On what ground did Harold Gimblett hit the fastest century of the first-class season of 1935 on his debut for Somerset?

12 On what ground did Arthur Wellard hit five sixes in one over v. Derbyshire in 1936?

13 Name two grounds on which Somerset have played at Yeovil.

14 And the ground at Bristol

15 Which distinguished Somerset John Player League bowling performance was given at Glastonbury by Graham Burgess?

16 What is the name of the (old) county ground at Bath?

17 On which ground outside the county did Somerset first play in the John Player League?

18 Where did the inaugural meeting of Somerset County Cricket Club decide that the county ground should be?

19 What rivers flow past the grounds at Bath and Taunton?

20 To which player is the Memorial Gates at the County Ground, Taunton, dedicated?