Athletic Ground, County Ground
1882
6500
No
River End, Old Pavilion End
Somerset
20:28, Sat Mar 25, 2017 (UTC +0000)
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
 

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England v Sri Lanka - Jun 11, 1983 Scorecard
India v Sri Lanka - May 26, 1999 Scorecard
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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

2017
Fri Apr 14 - Mon Apr 17
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Somerset v Essex
Fri Apr 28 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Royal London One-Day Cup
South Group - Somerset v Surrey
Tue May 2 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Royal London One-Day Cup
South Group - Somerset v Kent
Wed May 10 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Royal London One-Day Cup
South Group - Somerset v Hampshire
Sun May 14 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Royal London One-Day Cup
South Group - Somerset v Essex
Fri May 19 - Mon May 22
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Somerset v Warwickshire
Fri May 26 - Mon May 29
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Somerset v Hampshire
Fri Jun 9 - Mon Jun 12
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Somerset v Yorkshire
Fri Jun 23 (20 ovs)
2nd T20I - England v South Africa
Mon Jun 26
ICC Women's World Cup
Australia Women v West Indies Women
Thu Jun 29
ICC Women's World Cup
India Women v West Indies Women
Sun Jul 2
ICC Women's World Cup
England Women v Sri Lanka Women
Thu Jul 6
ICC Women's World Cup
New Zealand Women v West Indies Women
Sat Jul 8
ICC Women's World Cup
New Zealand Women v Pakistan Women
Wed Jul 12
ICC Women's World Cup
South Africa Women v Sri Lanka Women
Sat Jul 15
ICC Women's World Cup
Australia Women v South Africa Women
Fri Jul 21 (20 ovs)
17:30 local | 16:30 GMT
12:30 EDT | 11:30 CDT | 09:30 PDT
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Gloucestershire
Sun Jul 23 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Middlesex v Somerset
Wed Jul 26 (20 ovs)
17:00 local | 16:00 GMT
12:00 EDT | 11:00 CDT | 09:00 PDT
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Hampshire
Sun Jul 30 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Sussex
Sun Aug 6 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Surrey
Mon Aug 7 - Thu Aug 10
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Somerset v Surrey
Sat Aug 12 (20 ovs)
16:00 local | 15:00 GMT
11:00 EDT | 10:00 CDT | 08:00 PDT
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Kent
Sun Aug 13 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Glamorgan
Tue Sep 12 - Fri Sep 15
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Somerset v Lancashire
Mon Sep 25 - Thu Sep 28
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Somerset v Middlesex
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