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Open letter from Peter January, Chair of the Museum Trustees

SOMERSET CRICKET MUSEUM

I am writing as Chair of the Trustees of the Somerset Cricket Museum. You will be familiar with the Museum and may have visited. Even so, I thought it would be of interest to you to know something about the working of the Museum.

History

The Museum is housed in Priory Barn, which is the only surviving building of the medieval Taunton Priory. When the Somerset County Cricket Club Supporters’ Club was wound up, the remaining assets were liquidated. Some of the proceeds were given to the Club, the rest was used to purchase Priory Barn and the land on which it sits, for the sole purpose of creating a cricket museum. Thus, the Museum really is the SCCC members’ Museum. 

When the barn was bought in 1981 it was in disrepair and considerable effort and fundraising was needed before it opened to the public in 1989. A major refurbishment was completed in 2012, to deliver the Museum we have today.

The Trustees

I am privileged to Chair an experienced board of ten Trustees. They come from a wide range of professional backgrounds (artist, photographer, diplomat, journalist, accountant, cricketer, broadcaster) and, over the years in their professional capacity, they have had dealings with the Club. As I say, it is an experienced group, but fresh blood and new ideas are always welcome.

The Trustees have legal responsibility for the management of the Museum. In other words, the buck stops there! Policies and procedures are in place to share the onus among the individual Trustees, at the same time ensuring the collective responsibility is met. The day-to-day work is done by a small, but dedicated, band of volunteers.

The Volunteers

In addition to opening and closing the Museum, the Volunteers are involved in research and the creation of new exhibits; the custody of artefacts; the website; and book sales. They handle the accounting, insurance, security systems and utilities etc. There is also the matter of keeping Priory Barn reasonably clean – no small matter in a 600 year old building. 

I am constantly surprised, and a little envious, about how much fun they seem to have. They do tell me that they would like to increase their number, because the more volunteers there are, the more frequently the Museum can open.

Finance

Like everywhere else in the recent past, operating expenses have increased. It costs over £10,000 a year to keep the Museum open. Entry is free, so the Museum depends entirely on donations and the proceeds of book sales. In some years, it is necessary to dip into reserves, especially if major new exhibits are planned. That said, the finances are in good shape. If all income dried up, the reserves are enough to keep the Museum open for at least two years.

However, these reserves will not last forever and the Trustees are always interested to hear of new ways to raise funds.

The Future

The journey from derelict barn to world class cricket museum has taken nearly 50 years. It has been a successful one because of significant contributions made by a lot of people. The Trustees are now planning for the journey to continue for the next 50 years. The plans inevitably include the need for new personnel. If you are interested in being part of this enterprise – as Trustee, Volunteer, or simply interested helper – then please do contact any of the people listed below. 

It will be worthwhile; and you will get a real sense of achievement; and it will not mean that you have to give up any of your cricket!

Thank you for reading this note. Now, let’s look forward to a great summer, with some silverware at the end!

Regards

Peter January

Chair of the Trustees – Somerset Cricket Museum

2nd April 2024

Contacts

David Wood                            12davidwood@btinternet.com

Ann Collins                            Ann@somersetcricketmuseum.co.uk

Mike Unwin                            Mike@somersetcricketmuseum.co.uk

Patrick Draycott                      Patrick@sometsetcricketmuseum.co.uk

Peter January                          p.january@sky.com

Visit of Ken Palmer and his son, Gary, to the Somerset Cricket Museum

Article contributed by Trustee and Journalist, Richard Walsh.

Former Somerset all rounder Ken Palmer, who is still a very familiar face at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton, made a surprise visit to the Museum last month (March 2024), with his son Gary, also a former Somerset Cricketer (photographed with Museum Volunteer Patrick Draycott).

He may not have been born in Taunton, but Ken Palmer has certainly made it home since he first travelled west from his then home at Devizes, although he was born at Winchester in Hampshire where he initially went for a trial.

However it wasn’t to be and instead the highly talented youngster who was more of a batsmen, was signed on after he impressed Harry Parks who was the Somerset coach back in 1954.

Palmer played his early cricket for the Somerset Dragons and the Second XI at the same time as which he spent a lot of time working round the ground sweeping up the stands and picking up the grass mowings.

“That’s how it was back then. We had sandwiches and a bottle of milk for lunch,” he said.

Palmer made his first team debut against Middlesex at Bath in 1955 and gradually became established in the line up.

“After you had got the taste of first team cricket you didn’t want to go back playing for the Seconds anymore.”

However it was Maurice Tremlett, who went onto become Somerset’s first ever professional captain that taught Palmer the art of swing bowling and made him into the successful all rounder he became.

“Maurice Tremlett took me under his wing and helped me a great deal with my bowling. He taught me how to swing the ball out which I couldn’t do at that time.”

Once Ken had mastered that art there was no holding him back and he went onto become a genuine all rounder, which he underlined when in 1961, at the age of 24 he became Somerset first player since the Second World War to achieve the double of 1000 first class runs and 100 wickets in a season.

That summer Palmer played in 32 three day championship matches in which he scored 1036 runs at an average of 25.90, including a best of 125 not out, and bowled 965 overs, 248 of which were maidens and took 114 wickets at an average of 20.32, which included seven games in which he had five or more wicket hauls.

Between 1955 and 1969 Palmer appeared in 302 first class games for Somerset in which he scored over 7500 runs at an average of 20.73 with two centuries and took 837 wickets at a cost of 21.11 each.

His career best innings for Somerset was an unbeaten 125 against Northants at Wantage Road in 1961, while he best bowling figures were nine for 57 at Trent Bridge against Nottinghamshire in 1963- although Palmer reckons the best he bowled was against Lancashire at Old Trafford in 1963 when he took seven for 37, all of which were bowled!k

They don’t make them like Ken Palmer anymore that’s for sure!

The Clock above the Colin Atkinson Pavilion

A bit of research by Paul Baker has uncovered, he believes, that the clock at the top of the Colin Atkinson Pavilion celebrates its centenary this year (2024).

He writes “It previously resided at the top of the old scoreboard which stood, more or less, on the current site of the Colin Atkinson Pavilion, until 1979. It was then moved to its current location. It is the only remnant of the ground from before 1979. The old scoreboard was paid for by a donation of, as far as I can see, £69 from the Stragglers Club. The donation was made at the end of the 1923 season and so, and I have made a bit of an assumption here, the scoreboard was in place for the 1924 season. It has therefore seen a few things and a bit of change in its time.”

The Colin Atkinson Pavilion Clock 
1924-2024

I am the Colin Atkinson Pavilion clock. 
I marke the walk of Old Father Time. 
Endlessly measuring days 
Since John Daniell stood firm at the crease, 
And Ramsay McDonald first reigned in Downing Street. 
New, from atop the scoreboard then, I cast my steady gaze. 
Now, I am the only remnant of those post Great War days. 
I am the Colin Atkinson Pavilion clock. 
Marking time. Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock. 

Days when brightly jacketed amateurs formed Somerset’s front line, 
With names like Critchley-Salmonson and Ulrick Considine 
Playing on endless summer days. 
Days when Munich’s Beer Hall Putsch simply melted away, 
And winning the Championship was a thing for another day. 
I saw Bill Andrews and Arthur Wellard in their prime. 
In days when Neville Chamberlain claimed peace in our time. 
I am the Colin Atkinson Pavilion clock. 
Marking time. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. 

I stood firm as another war was fought and won. 
Then saw Gimblett strike sixes into the churchyard, as if for fun, 
As times changed 
Nye Bevan laid the NHS at our feet 
Before our years of perpetual Championship defeat. 
I saw Maurice Tremlett create a team to fear, 
And Bill Alley score three thousand runs in a year. 
I am the Colin Atkinson Pavilion clock. 
Marking time. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. 

I saw the shift from Gentlemen to Players 
And one-day cricket come to Taunton’s sacred acres 
As times changed 
In the wake of the Sixties social revolution 
I watched as Somerset built towards one-day trophies with professional resolution. 
Close, Richards, Garner and Botham to the fore 
But the Championship never came to our door. 
I am the Colin Atkinson Pavilion clock. 
Marking time. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. 

The old scoreboard was the first of the old ground to go. 
In its place the new Colin Atkinson Pavilion on show. 
As times changed 
With traditional industries swept away in the face of global competition, 
And wood-splintered cricket stands displaced by plastic modernisation. 
For Somerset, no Championship, but five glorious trophies to ponder, 
Before, beneath my gaze, a great team split violently asunder. 
I am the Colin Atkinson Pavilion clock. 
Marking time. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. 

I gazed on in the quieter years that followed. 
Watching the artistry of Jimmy Cook and Mushtaq Ahmed. 
As the world moved on 
The Channel Tunnel completed. The Berlin Wall demolished. 
The Soviet Union unseated. Apartheid abolished. 
Then, at Taunton, a stirring: the Botham Stand erected, Jamie Cox appointed, 
But still, the ever-patient wait for the Championship pennant to be hoisted. 
I am the Colin Atkinson Pavilion clock. 
Marking time. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. 

Then, amid the razzmatazz of a new millennium 
Came energy and infrastructure regeneration. 
As times changed 
The Twin Towers came crashing down, filmed live in their plight. 
While Andy Caddick bowled endlessly, never ceasing to fight. 
And Jamie Cox produced a team which played as if in his image cast, 
With atomic energy unleashed, and a trophy eighteen years after the last. 
I am the Colin Atkinson Pavilion clock. 
Marking time. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. 

I saw the Stragglers Bar and wooden benches fall away, 
To be replaced by structures designed for the modern day. 
As times changed 
Lehmann Brothers crashed, and Harry Potter ruled supreme, 
While Justin Langer arrived to pursue the Championship dream. 
He laid the foundation for two decades of first-division play, 
But the Championship still in the future lay. 
I am the Colin Atkinson Pavilion clock. 
Marking time. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. 

I saw Craig Overton and Jack Leach in their prime, 
And Marcus Trescothick batting with touch sublime. 
As times changed 
In the unreal world, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram held sway, 
While in County Cricket’s world, live streams became the order of the day. 
I saw Alfonso Thomas take four in four, 
And James Hildreth’s hundred with a broken ankle at its core. 
I am the Colin Atkinson Pavilion clock. 
Marking time. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. 

Now, as my second century beckons, 
And another dictator threatens, 
As times change, yet remain the same, 
I look down with hope renewed as I have at each new season’s start, 
Waiting to see who will come forth and who will play their part. 
And with every run, and every wicket and cheer 
Breathe the eternal hope, “This year. This year.” 
I am the Colin Atkinson Pavilion clock. 
Marking time. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock … 

County Cricket at Glastonbury and Street

We are very grateful to former Somerset Scorer, Colin Crees for his painstaking research in producing and publishing a 50 page booklet of County Cricket at Glastonbury and Street.

A wonderful record of matches played there between 1952 and 1978.

As Colin says in his conclusion , all proceeds from the sale of the booklets (£5) will go to the Somerset Cricket Museum. Do let me know if you would like a copy.

Thank you Colin.

Recent Additions – Umpires shirts from Sue Redfern

The Somerset Cricket Museum is very grateful to Somerset County Cricket Club scorer, Polly Rhodes, for passing on these two international umpires shirts from Sue Redfern.

After a long playing and umpiring career, in September 2023 Sue became the first female umpire to stand in a first-class match in England and Wales. She umpired in the match between Glamorgan and Derbyshire at Sophia Gardens.

Two wonderful items to join our Women’s Cricket collection.

Research Notes into the artist – Mr Alan Durman

This research started in trying to establish the identity of the Artist who painted the picture of the Recreation Ground in Bath shown below.

Painted in the late 1940s/early 1950s. (Note – No Hampton Stand or Leisure Centre) this picture is owned by the Somerset Cricket Museum, and was on temporary loan to the Bath & Wilts Area Committee, before being returned to the Museum.

The signature (bottom right) is a little blurred but with a little guess work and a spot by Michael Tarr in a book containing one of his paintings, one can just about make out the name Durman. Plus the date and location and it all seemed to add up.

Many internet searches later I found that an Alan Durman lived in Saltford until his death in 1963. Further research found other oil paintings and the 1950s/1960s Railway travel posters bearing the same signature. (Google alan durman travel pictures for more information).

According to the Saltford News, after his death, his wife, Kathleen, moved away to Essex to be with her family and there the trail ran dry, However there was a reference in the Keynsham News of his two children Mark and Shelly.

In addition to Shelley, Mark Durman lived in Saltford in 1945 according to “A Wartime Childhood in Saltford” by Elizabeth Sabin published by Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society in 2003.

Now other things of Somerset Cricket interest began to emerge. From the Saltford online Museum “ To commemorate the death in March 1751 of Prince Frederick of Wales, who had visited Saltford for a village royal picnic with his eldest daughter Lady Augusta in 1750 during a visit to Bath (see above), a cricket match was organised in his honour.

This match is the first recorded cricket match in Somerset and was repeated annually for a few years thereafter. According to ‘A History of Saltford Village’ by Percy Sims (1976) the cricket match was held in the same Saltford Meadow where Prince Frederick had dined.”

Also in 1995, Somerset CCC played a charity / testimonial match against Saltford as seen in the Match Programme.


Also of importance to the village was that Alan Durman, spent most of one summer (1963?) painting a mural on the rear wall of Saltford Hall. Each person representing his or her’s organisation. 1.xxxxxx, 2.xxxxxx, 3.xxxxxx, 4.Roger Evans, 5.Joy Brignall, 6. John Brice, 7.Shelley Durman, 8.xxxxxx

Note that No. 7 is Shelley Durman, his daughter, who followed a modelling career and it is believed featured in many of the Railway / Travel posters. However I was unable to find any more information or contact details.

Then the final piece of the jigsaw, searching through LinkedIn and Facebook I did find a fiction writer, Mark Durman, living in Spain and somewhat apologetically inquired if indeed he was Alan’s son and had any recollection of the picture? To which he replied.

“You correctly found the right person concerning the picture of cricket on the Bath Recreation Ground circa 1950! I recognise the distinctive style of my father, Alan Durman, and indeed I have a hazy memory of the day he painted it. At that age, about ten, I was a dedicated cricket fan (still am!) and always tried to watch county games played on the Bath rec. My father did not share my sports enthusiasm but came with me one day and painted that scene while I was enthralled watching the match. Those were the days of the excellent Somerset team where Harold Gimblett would set the innings going leading to swashbuckling cameos from the likes of Maurice Tremlett and Arthur Wellard! Amazing when Somerset played Gloucestershire and we young fans got to watch the outstanding Tom Graveney.

Regarding the painting. The attachment you sent from the Somerset Cricket Museum is the first time I’ve seen it since soon after my father painted it. At that time he frequently painted in the centre of Bath usually around the area of Pulteney  bridge. I would very much like to have a copy of this cricket painting for my family. Could I ask you to send a good quality photo that I can print out?

Art skipped a generation in my family. I inherited no artistic talent but my two sons did. Anthony is currently Head of Art at the prestigious Denia British School in Bangkok and William is a talented photographer currently living in Bali, Indonesia. I know they will both be very interested in your mail which I will copy to them.

I would like to thank the kind folk of the Saltford Parish Council and the Saltford Environmental Group for the help that they gave me.

Mike Unwin (February 2024)

Saltford – First recorded Cricket Match in Somerset 1751

The village of Saltford recorded the first cricket match in Somerset as seen in this 1995 charity / testimonial programme.

New loaned item – miniature autographed bat

We are very grateful to Mr John Wall for the loan of this autographed miniature bat from the 1964-65 tour to South Africa. Of particular interest to Somerset fans are signatures of Jim Parkes and Tom Cartwright both of whom played for us in the latter parts of their careers

News Item – Walkers and Talkers 6th February 2024

Somewhere between 50-60 people Walking and Talking came into the Somerset Cricket Museum today to hear David Wood, our Curator, give an amusing talk on Cricket quotations.

The Group then returned to the 1875 Room for a Q&A session with Museum Trustee Mr. Anthony Gibson.

Backwell House Cricket Club – Club History

Backwell House was once home to the Robinson family, founders of a very successful packaging company established in Bristol. As employers, the Robinsons took a keen interest in the health and wellbeing of their employees, funding well-furnished respite facilities, evening classes, and sports competitions between teams from different branches of the business. These included hockey, lawn-tennis, athletics, football and rugby, swimming, and bowling. Especially though, cricket, which was a game close to the Robinson family’s hearts.

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News Item – Walkers and Talkers 23rd January 2024

In a change from the norm (it was raining!) the ‘Museum’ talk for the Walkers and Talkers Group was given in the 1875 room, this morning.

Mr Keith Templeman, Chair of Somerset Stragglers CC, gave a short talk on the history of that Club, after which some folk braved the elements to walk to the Museum and see the display.

Thanks to Keith for preparing and delivering the talk.

Recent Additions – Taunton Nomads CC

This collection of trophies that came into the Somerset Cricket Museum are associated with the (former) Taunton Nomads CC and Mr Ken Knight mostly from the late 1960s.

If anyone has any knowledge of the Nomads CC please let the Museum know via the Contact page.

The trophies, some of which are pictured below, range from Winners and Runners Up of the TNCC Single Wicket Competition, the TECL (Taunton Evening Cricket League?) winners in 1969 and 1970 plus the HGS (Huish Grammar School?) 1939 junior cricket team championship winners.

Recent Additions – Various Memorabilia

Several pieces of cricket memorabilia found their way into the museum this week for which we are very grateful.

  • an Umpires badge brought in by the son of Mr Rex Sims from Sidmouth CC
  • an autographed programme from the 1980 Blackthorn Challenge – Viv Richards v Mike Procter, signed by Joel Garner and Hugh Gore
  • some old Cricket rule books

Somerset Cricketer – Monty Hambling (1921-27)

Article and Photographs contributed by Edwin Morris

Between 1921 and 1927 Monty Hambling played for the Somerset County side, as a ‘holiday’ cricketer, it being the custom of the day that outstanding amateurs were picked by the County when available, usually annual holiday leave from their professional occupations.  

Playing for Somerset, Hambling took 24 wickets for an average of 20.54 and was a member of the team which dismissed Gloucestershire for 22 – only to lose the match.  His best figures were recorded at Worcestershire where he scored 58 and took 6-31. 

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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?

Wrington Cricket Club – Club History

Cricket has been played at the North Somerset Village of Wrington since the beginning of the 19th century. For years the Club Fixture Card stated the club was formed in 1817 but although there are records of games organised by The Chapel, Farmers matches and even Ladies V The Gentlemen it is more likely that the actual club was formed in 1870 and 1817 was a printing typo.

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Somerset Cricket Quiz 2023 – No. 8

Questions 141-160 plus 1 extra (and Answers here)

2023-141 Who comes second to Brian Langford in first-class matches played for the county?
2023-142 What is the lowest total that Somerset have recorded against another county?
2023-143 And the lowest total for which they have dismissed another county?
2023-144 At the end of 1986 only two counties had always recorded three-figure totals against Somerset in county match. Who were they?
2023-145 Who has the best Somerset bowling analysis in the Sunday League?
2023-146 From which county did reserve wicket-keeper R. J. Blitz come?
2023-147 How many first-class victims had he with Somerset?
2023-148 How much did Ian Botham’s benefit realise?
2023-149 In which country and for what side has Neil Burns played overseas cricket?
2023-150 What was Ian Botham’s soccer club as a player in the Football League?
2023-151 Who is the West Ham United supporter on the Somerset staff?
2023-152 Who follows Tottenham Hotspur?
2023-153 And Hull Rugby League Club?
2023-154 Of which town is Ian Botham a freeman?
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?
2023-156 Who was best man at Viv Richards’ wedding?
2023-157 What book did Ian Botham pick to take with him to his desert island on the programme Desert Island Discs?
2023-158 For which county did one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of1986 take nine for 56 against Somerset in 1981?
2023-159 What unusual non-cricketing feat did Ian Botham perform on a May afternoon in 1982?
2023-160 Which England slow bowler had recorded, at the start of the 1987 season, both his best batting and bowling performances against Somerset?
And an extra contribution from our Curator David Wood. Can you name 6 England Captains whose surname began and ended with the same letter?

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.

Barrow Gurney Cricket Club – Club History

Barrow Gurney Cricket club was founded in 1874 in the North Somerset village, by a group of local people. Copies of the founding documents are displayed in our pavilion.

Initially cricket was played in a field just off the main road in Barrow Gurney village but in the 1930s the club arrived at its current ground in Hobbs Lane, leasing the land from the local landowners, the Gibbs family.

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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?

Mark Cricket Club – Club History

Mark Cricket Club was established as a part of village life in 1885, with the annual Mark Cricket Festival believed to have been the forerunner of the now renowned Mark Harvest Home.

The original home of the Club was the field opposite the White Horse Inn.  During the 1920’s the Club moved to a field along Abbot’s Causeway and then onto Dutch Road before returning to the field opposite the White Horse Inn.

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