Athletic Ground, County Ground
1882
6500
No
River End, Old Pavilion End
Somerset
01:04, Tue Jun 19, 2018 (UTC +0100)
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
 

Records and statistics

England v Sri Lanka - Jun 11, 1983 Scorecard
India v Sri Lanka - May 26, 1999 Scorecard
ODI records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
England v South Africa - Jun 23, 2017 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

2018
Wed Jun 20 (20 ovs)
13:00 local | 12:00 GMT
08:00 EDT | 07:00 CDT | 05:00 PDT
South Africa Women v New Zealand Women
Wed Jun 20 (20 ovs)          
17:40 local | 16:40 GMT
12:40 EDT | 11:40 CDT | 09:40 PDT
England Women v South Africa Women
Sat Jun 23 (20 ovs)
13:00 local | 12:00 GMT
08:00 EDT | 07:00 CDT | 05:00 PDT
England Women v South Africa Women
Sat Jun 23 (20 ovs)          
17:40 local | 16:40 GMT
12:40 EDT | 11:40 CDT | 09:40 PDT
England Women v New Zealand Women
Fri Jul 6 (20 ovs)          
19:00 local | 18:00 GMT
14:00 EDT | 13:00 CDT | 11:00 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Gloucestershire
Sun Jul 8 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Kent
Tue Jul 10 - Fri Jul 13
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
2nd unofficial Test - India A v West Indies A
Sun Jul 22 (20 ovs)
Women's Cricket Super League
Western Storm v Yorkshire Diamonds
Sun Jul 29 (20 ovs)
Women's Cricket Super League
Western Storm v Loughborough Lightning
Sun Jul 29 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Middlesex
Wed Aug 1 (20 ovs)          
19:00 local | 18:00 GMT
14:00 EDT | 13:00 CDT | 11:00 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Hampshire
Fri Aug 3 (20 ovs)          
19:00 local | 18:00 GMT
14:00 EDT | 13:00 CDT | 11:00 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Essex
Thu Aug 9 (20 ovs)
Women's Cricket Super League
Western Storm v Lancashire Thunder
Fri Aug 10 (20 ovs)          
19:00 local | 18:00 GMT
14:00 EDT | 13:00 CDT | 11:00 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Surrey
Sun Aug 19 - Wed Aug 22
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Somerset v Essex
Tue Sep 4 - Fri Sep 7
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Somerset v Lancashire
Tue Sep 18 - Fri Sep 21
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Somerset v Surrey
2019
Sat Jun 8 (50 ovs)          
13:30 local | 12:30 GMT
08:30 EDT | 07:30 CDT | 05:30 PDT
ICC Cricket World Cup
Afghanistan v New Zealand
Wed Jun 12 (50 ovs)
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
ICC Cricket World Cup
Australia v Pakistan
Mon Jun 17 (50 ovs)
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
ICC Cricket World Cup
Bangladesh v West Indies
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