Athletic Ground
1882
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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

2016
Sun May 1 - Wed May 4
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division One
Somerset v Lancashire
Sun May 15 - Wed May 18
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division One
Somerset v Yorkshire
Sat May 28 - Tue May 31
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division One
Somerset v Surrey
Fri Jun 3 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Essex
Sun Jun 5 (50 ovs)
Royal London One-Day Cup
South Group - Somerset v Gloucestershire
Fri Jun 10 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Surrey
Wed Jun 15 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Glamorgan
Sun Jun 19 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Hampshire
Mon Jun 27 (50 ovs)
ICC Women's Championship
3rd ODI - England Women v Pakistan Women (Reserve Day)
Fri Jul 1 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Gloucestershire
Sun Jul 3 - Tue Jul 5
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Somerset v Pakistanis
Thu Jul 7 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Kent
Sun Jul 10 - Wed Jul 13
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division One
Somerset v Middlesex
Fri Jul 15 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Somerset v Middlesex
Sun Jul 24 (50 ovs)
Royal London One-Day Cup
South Group - Somerset v Glamorgan
Tue Jul 26 (50 ovs)
Royal London One-Day Cup
South Group - Somerset v Middlesex
Sat Jul 30 (50 ovs)
Royal London One-Day Cup
South Group - Somerset v Sussex
Thu Aug 4 - Sun Aug 7
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division One
Somerset v Durham
Tue Aug 23 - Fri Aug 26
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division One
Somerset v Hampshire
Tue Sep 6 - Fri Sep 9
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
LV= County Championship Division One
Somerset v Warwickshire
Tue Sep 20 - Fri Sep 23
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
LV= County Championship Division One
Somerset v Nottinghamshire
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The Sir Ian Botham Stand and Colin Aitkinson Pavilion at Taunton, Taunton, June 15, 2015
The Sir Ian Botham Stand and Colin Aitkinson Pavilion at Taunton
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A view across the County Ground in Taunton, Somerset v Middlesex, County Championship, Division One, Taunton, 2nd day, April 27, 2015
A view across the County Ground in Taunton
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Clouds gather above Taunton, Somerset v Lancashire, County Championship, Division One, Taunton, April 26, 2012
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Ground Fixtures Ground Results
Somerset v Lancashire at Taunton
May 1-4, 2016 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
Somerset v Yorkshire at Taunton
May 15-18, 2016 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
Somerset v Surrey at Taunton
May 28-31, 2016 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
South Group: Somerset v Essex at Taunton
Jun 3, 2016
South Group: Somerset v Gloucs at Taunton
Jun 5, 2016
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