Athletic Ground, County Ground
1882
6500
Yes
River End, Old Pavilion End
Somerset
04:08, Thu Jul 18, 2019 (UTC +0100)
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
 

Records and statistics

England v Sri Lanka - Jun 11, 1983 Scorecard
Bangladesh v West Indies - Jun 17, 2019 Scorecard
ODI records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
England v South Africa - Jun 23, 2017 Scorecard
T20I records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
Records index

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

2019
Thu Jul 18 - Sun Jul 21
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Only Test - England Women v Australia Women
Fri Jul 26 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Hampshire
Sun Jul 28 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Sussex
Fri Aug 2 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Surrey
Sat Aug 10 (20 ovs)
Women's Cricket Super League
Western Storm v Lancashire Thunder
Sat 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 Kent
Fri Aug 16 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Gloucestershire
Wed Aug 21 (20 ovs)          
Women's Cricket Super League
Western Storm v Surrey Stars
Sat Aug 24 (20 ovs)          
19:00 local | 18:00 GMT
14:00 EDT | 13:00 CDT | 11:00 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Glamorgan
Wed Aug 28 (20 ovs)          
Women's Cricket Super League
Western Storm v Yorkshire Diamonds
Fri Aug 30 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Middlesex
Tue Sep 10 - Fri Sep 13
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Somerset v Yorkshire
Mon Sep 23 - Thu Sep 26
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Somerset v Essex
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A general view of the World Cup game in Taunton, Bangladesh v West Indies, World Cup 2019, Taunton, June 17, 2019
A general view of the World Cup game in Taunton
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The press-box scorer at Taunton received a last-minute call-up, Australia v Pakistan, World Cup 2019, Taunton, June 12, 2019
The press-box scorer at Taunton received a last-minute call-up
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The covers were firmly on at Taunton, Somerset v Kent, County Championship, Division One, Taunton, April 5, 2019
The covers were firmly on at Taunton
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Keshav Maharaj took 11 for 102 in Lancashire's tie with Somerset in Taunton, Somerset v Lancashire, Specsavers Championship, Division One, Taunton, September 5, 2018
Keshav Maharaj took 11 for 102 in Lancashire's tie with Somerset in Taunton
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