Athletic Ground, County Ground
1882
6500
Yes
River End, Old Pavilion End
Somerset
16:13, Mon Feb 06, 2023 (UTC +0000)
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

2023
Thu Apr 6 - Sun Apr 9
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
County Championship Division One
Somerset v Warwickshire
Thu Apr 20 - Sun Apr 23
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
County Championship Division One
Somerset v Lancashire
Thu May 4 - Sun May 7
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
County Championship Division One
Somerset v Northamptonshire
Sun May 21 (20 ovs)
Charlotte Edwards Cup
Western Storm v Thunder
Wed May 24 (20 ovs)          
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Hampshire
Sun May 28 (20 ovs)
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Glamorgan
Sun May 28 (20 ovs)
Charlotte Edwards Cup
Western Storm v South East Stars
Fri Jun 2 (20 ovs)          
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Middlesex
Sun Jun 4 (20 ovs)
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Essex
Fri Jun 16 (20 ovs)          
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Surrey
Fri Jun 23 (20 ovs)          
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Gloucestershire
Sun Jun 25 - Wed Jun 28
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
County Championship Division One
Somerset v Nottinghamshire
Sun Jul 2 (20 ovs)          
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Kent
Mon Jul 10 - Thu Jul 13
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
County Championship Division One
Somerset v Hampshire
Tue Jul 18 (50 ovs)          
13:00 local | 12:00 GMT
08:00 EDT | 07:00 CDT | 05:00 PDT
3rd ODI - England Women v Australia Women
Tue Jul 25 - Fri Jul 28
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
County Championship Division One
Somerset v Surrey
Fri Aug 4 (50 ovs)          
One-Day Cup
Group A - Somerset v Warwickshire
Sun Aug 6 (50 ovs)
One-Day Cup
Group A - Somerset v Worcestershire
Fri Aug 11 (50 ovs)
One-Day Cup
Group A - Somerset v Sussex
Sun Aug 20 (50 ovs)
One-Day Cup
Group A - Somerset v Glamorgan
Sun Sep 10 (50 ovs)
Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy
Western Storm v Northern Diamonds
Wed Sep 13 (50 ovs)
Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy
Western Storm v Central Sparks
Tue Sep 19 - Fri Sep 22
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
County Championship Division One
Somerset v Kent
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James Hildreth takes accolades at Taunton after confirming he had played his last Somerset match before retirement, Royal London Cup, Somerset vs Sussex, Taunton, August 19, 2022.
James Hildreth takes accolades at Taunton after confirming he had played his last Somerset match before retirement
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Sonny Baker celebrates a career-best six wickets for Somerset, Somerset v Durham, Royal London Cup, Taunton, August 10, 2022
Sonny Baker celebrates a career-best six wickets for Somerset
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