1 week to go until 2016 Membership launch!
With just one week to go until Membership for next season goes on sale we are looking back at your highlights of 2015.
Today’s selection takes us back to August when we welcomed Worcestershire to the County Ground, Taunton in the LV= County Championship First Division.
Although the match ended in a frustrating rain affected draw there were two outstanding performances by Somerset batsmen that will live long in the memory.
Having won the toss Worcestershire elected to field. Despite losing an early wicket Marcus Trescothick (85) and Tom Cooper ensured that Somerset recovered from 8 for 1 to 209 for 3. Jim Allenby then made exactly 50 as Somerset moved to 331 for 4 whilst 133* from James Hildreth meant that Somerset closed on day one with the scoreboard showing 349 for 5.
On day two Hildreth reached another landmark as he made 220* from 304 balls whilst Peter Trego’s 130* from 143 balls saw Somerset declare on 565 for 5. Their partnership of 221* was the 4th highest for Somerset against Worcestershire and was just 44 runs short of being Somerset’s highest ever 6th wicket partnership. Whilst the Somerset batsmen made hay, the Worcestershire batsmen struggled as Brett D’Oliveira found himself back in the pavilion without his side having scored a run. Tom Fell and Alex Gidman both departed with the score on 15 and the visitors eventually finished the day on 44 for 4 as play was abandoned due to rain with 32 overs remaining.
On day three play was not able to commence until 3:30pm as Worcestershire moved on to 172 for 4 thanks to 78* from Ross Whiteley and 52* from Ben Cox. Only 22 overs were possible during the day as rain continued to thwart Somerset’s bid for victory.
Sadly no play was possible on the final day as the game ended in a draw but the match will be remembered for two fine exhibitions of batting from James Hildreth and Peter Trego.
What will be our second moment of 2015? Check back here tomorrow to find out.
Remember that 2016 Membership goes on sale on one week today. Membership renewal packs will be sent out week commencing Monday November 9th.