5 days to go until Membership launch
With just five days to go until we launch Membership for next season we are still counting down your favourite moments of 2015.
In September we welcomed Hampshire to the County Ground, Taunton in our penultimate home LV= County Championship match of the season. Although the game ultimately ended in a draw, it was a memorable match for three Somerset batsmen in particular.
After winning the toss Somerset elected to field. Michael Carberry (59) and James Vince (60) helped the visitors reach 146 for 3 but they slipped to 176 for six and were all out on the stroke of Tea for 240 thanks in no small part to Luke Ronchi who took a Club record equalling seven catches in the innings. (There will be more on his achievement later in the week). Jamie Overton was the pick of the bowlers with four for 37.
In the final session of day one Somerset made a solid start as Marcus Trescothick and Tom Abell saw Somerset to 147 without loss at the close.
Day two saw Trescothick and Abell both reach centuries before lunch. It was the latter’s maiden century for the Club and he also passed 1000 career First Class runs. At the end of the opening session Somerset had reached 239 without loss.
After lunch Abell was eventually trapped lbw for 131 whilst Trescothick went on to make 153 before he was bowled by Fidel Edwards. Tom Cooper then took over from where the openers had left off as Somerset reached tea on 424 for two. Cooper was eventually dismissed for 118 in the final session and Somerset finished the day on 569 for five, a lead of 329.
On day three Somerset declared on 630 for nine, a lead of 390. Despite Jack Leach trapping Carberry lbw for 56, Jimmy Adams and Vince ensured that the visitors had moved on to 258 for one at the close.
On the final day Adams (136), Vince (77) and Will Smith (50) ensured that Hampshire batted the day out and a game ended in a draw.
After the match Tom said: “My first century has been a little while coming, but I am absolutely delighted, relieved and pretty ecstatic to get my first one. Quite a few times I have made 50 and got out so it was pleasing to go on and make a significant contribution. It was top drawer to be out there with Tres and he kept me going at times, especially when I was struggling to get going, but there is no better partner to have in the country I guess.
“I think it will be the first and last time that I will be ahead of Tres – I thought that I would let him take the glory and get to three figures first! It was a great feeling for me to be out there when he got his and vice versa. I watched a lot of Somerset when I was growing up so to be playing alongside these guys is pretty surreal for someone like me who is still pretty young. To be given the opportunity to play is quality and I am relishing it.”
Marcus said: “I think we are building a formidable partnership, and when you work together a lot more you just get used to how each other operate. I try to give him as much knowledge and help as I can, but he looks after himself. If he plays in the fashion he has then he won’t need a great deal of telling what to do. He works it out for himself and goes ahead and does it.
“When Tom got his century the noise was the biggest celebration I have heard for a hundred. He has worked hard all season and has got into a good position and we have been bowled out leaving him not out, but this time you could hear the pleasure in everybody’s voices and the pleasure they were feeling. I could hear the noise from the changing room and it was the loudest I have ever heard it. It was a really nice moment.”
What will be our forth moment of 2015? Check back here tomorrow to find out.
Remember that 2016 Membership goes on sale on Monday.
Membership renewal packs will be sent out week commencing Monday November 9th.