Athletic Ground
1882
6500
No
River End, Old Pavilion End
Somerset
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England v Sri Lanka - Jun 11, 1983 Scorecard
India v Sri Lanka - May 26, 1999 Scorecard
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Profile

The County Ground, Taunton, is set right within the town of Taunton itself, minutes from the town centre. The most south-westerly of English first-class grounds, it is a ground that retains much character, despite extensive renovations and improvements. For many years the playing area was circled by a greyhound track, removed in the 1970s. The towers of St. Jame's, St. George's and St. Mary's churches rise behind the pavilion, and the Quantock Hills overlook the other end. The main entrance gates are named after JC White, who plied his trade here from 1909 to 1937. The county established itself here in 1882, although the first Championship match was not played here until 1891. The record attendance was in 1948 when 10,000 packed in to see Don Bradman's Australians. The venue also staged one-day internationals during the 1983 and 1999 World Cups.

It has seen many splendid innings, including two quadruple hundreds (a record shared with Melbourne and Karachi), Archie Maclaren's record of 424 being followed 93 years later by Graeme Hick's 405*. Viv Richards made a stunning 322 in a day for the county against Warwickshire in 1985, and Major RM Poore made 304 here during his remarkable season of 1899 (he made 1399 runs in only 12 innings). When conditions are right, however, bowlers can do well, and Tyler (1895), Trott (1900) and Rushby (1921) all took all 10 wickets here. It was on this ground as well, that Jack Hobbs first equalled, then beat the great WG's record of 126 centuries in 1925.

In 2006 Taunton was unveilled as the official home of English women's cricket.
Martin Williamson

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Fixtures

2015
Sun Apr 12 - Wed Apr 15
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
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LV= County Championship Division One
Somerset v Durham
Sun Apr 26 - Wed Apr 29
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division One
Somerset v Middlesex
Fri May 8 - Mon May 11
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Somerset v New Zealanders
Fri May 22 (20 ovs)          
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Sussex
Sun May 24 - Wed May 27
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division One
Somerset v Yorkshire
Sun May 31 (20 ovs)          
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Kent
Fri Jun 5 (20 ovs)          
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Hampshire
Fri Jun 12 (20 ovs)          
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Surrey
Sun Jun 14 - Wed Jun 17
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division One
Somerset v Nottinghamshire
Sun Jun 28 (20 ovs)          
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Glamorgan
Fri Jul 3 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Gloucestershire
Sun Jul 5 - Wed Jul 8
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division One
Somerset v Sussex
Tue Jul 21 (50 ovs)
ICC Women's Championship
1st ODI - England Women v Australia Women
Fri Jul 24 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Middlesex
Sun Jul 26 (50 ovs)
Royal London One-Day Cup
Group A - Somerset v Derbyshire
Wed Jul 29 (50 ovs)
Royal London One-Day Cup
Group A - Somerset v Durham
Fri Jul 31 (50 ovs)
Royal London One-Day Cup
Group A - Somerset v Worcestershire
Mon Aug 17 (50 ovs)
Royal London One-Day Cup
Group A - Somerset v Surrey
Fri Aug 21 - Mon Aug 24
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division One
Somerset v Worcestershire
Wed Sep 9 - Sat Sep 12
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
LV= County Championship Division One
Somerset v Hampshire
Tue Sep 22 - Fri Sep 25
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
LV= County Championship Division One
Somerset v Warwickshire
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Clouds gather above Taunton, Somerset v Lancashire, County Championship, Division One, Taunton, April 26, 2012
Clouds gather above Taunton
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General view of Taunton
General view of Taunton
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England and India settle in at Taunton as the ground is launched as the home of women's cricket, England women v India women, second Test, Taunton, 29 August, 2006
England and India settle in at Taunton as the ground is launched as the home of women's cricket
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Taunton have made a real effort to be the home of women's cricket, as the boundary board here shows, England women v India women, second Test, Taunton, 29 August, 2006
Taunton have made a real effort to be the home of women's cricket, as the boundary board here shows
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Ground Fixtures Ground Results
Somerset v Durham at Taunton
Apr 12-15, 2015 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
Somerset v Middlesex at Taunton
Apr 26-29, 2015 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
Somerset v N Zealanders at Taunton
May 8-11, 2015 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
South Group: Somerset v Sussex at Taunton
May 22, 2015 ()
Somerset v Yorkshire at Taunton
May 24-27, 2015 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
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