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500 DAYS TO GO: ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019 IS COMING TO TAUNTON

The countdown to the ICC Cricket World Cup returning to Taunton for the first time in 20 years has begun and tournament organisers have today announced the ticket timeline for the year ahead.

Next year’s tournament, which will feature 10 teams across 48 matches between 30 May and 14 July, will be the fourth time England & Wales have hosted the global event.

To reward the hard work that goes into running the game across England & Wales, anyone in the cricket family will get priority access to the ticket ballot on 1 May. There will then be a public ballot in July.

Whether its players, coaches, umpires or fans, this will be their chance to beat the rush and book their seats early. The full match schedule and ticket prices will be announced at the end of March.

Register now at cricketworldcup.com to make sure you get the latest ticket news delivered direct to your inbox.

To mark the 500 days to go milestone, we look back at the last time Taunton hosted World Cup cricket.

The first three Cricket World Cups were held in England & Wales, before it returned in 1999 for the 7th edition, which Australia won by defeating Pakistan in the Final at Lord’s.

On the pitch in 1999, Australia were just starting to assert their dominance on the one-day international game, claiming the first of their hat-trick of World Cup successes, but it wasn’t without drama, namely that Semi-Final against South Africa.

Taunton hosted two fixtures at the World Cup in 1999, so we decided to roll the clocks back 19 years to that summer and re-live the games that took place at the County Ground.

Kenya v Zimbabwe (15 May 1999)

Zimbabwe won by 5 wickets

Zimbabwe surprised many by reaching the Super Six stage of the Cricket World Cup in 1999, coming incredibly close to booking a spot in the Semi-Final, and they got their campaign off to a winning start against Kenya in Taunton.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Zimbabwe were well placed after keeping Kenya to 87/4 after 20.4 overs. However, a half-century from Alpesh Vadher helped Kenya reach a respectable total of 229/7 from their 50 overs.

Zimbabwe got off to a solid start in their chase, with openers Neil Johnson (59) and Grant Flower (20) putting on 81 for the first wicket. Runs continued to come with ease, and they reached their target with nine overs and five wickets to spare.

India v Sri Lanka (26 May 1999)

India won by 157 runs

A Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid masterclass helped India hit the highest total of the Cricket World Cup in 1999 against Sri Lanka in Taunton.

Ganguly and Dravid scored 183 and 145 respectively, hitting Sri Lanka to all parts as India thrashed their neighbours by 157 runs.

Bowling first, Sri Lanka took the early wicket of Sadagoppan Ramesh, before Ganguly and Dravid put on a staggering 318 – the then highest partnership in Cricket World Cup history.

Ganguly finished on 183 from 158 balls and Dravid on 145 from 129 balls as India smashed 373/6 in their 50 overs.

Despite a half-century from Aravinda de Silva and 42 from captain Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka didn’t come close to chasing down India’s mammoth score. Robin Singh claimed a five-for as India bowled Sri Lanka out for just 216.

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