Over the course of the winter months, we have been delving into the archives in order to unearth some interesting photographs from throughout our history.

Some of these images won’t have been seen for decades, so we hope you enjoy this series of articles which will take you down a visual memory lane.

The image at the top of this article was taken on May 26th 1972 and features Somerset’s County Championship squad following a three-day match against Yorkshire at Taunton and ahead of a three-day match against Gloucestershire at the Ashley Down Ground.

Both matches were drawn.

Notable performances in the Yorkshire match were Tom Cartwright’s 93 in Somerset’s first innings, whilst Geoffrey Boycott made 122 not out for the visitors.

Somerset were forced to follow on in the match against Gloucestershire after being bowled out for 87, but a stubborn 59 from Roy Virgin ensured that his side held out for the draw.

This image was taken at a photo call in Taunton in 1997.

Having left Warwickshire the previous year, Dermot Reeve was unveiled as Somerset’s new Coach at a media day at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

He signed a three-year contract and was assisted by Colin Wells who took up the role of Second XI Coach.

Under his stewardship, Somerset reached the final of the NatWest Trophy in 1999 and the quarter-finals of the Benson & Hedges Trophy in 1997.

Somerset also finished fourth in the County Championship in 1999, which ensured that the Club would be competing in the newly formed first division of the competition that was introduced the following year.

During his time with Somerset, Dermot also featured in six List A matches for the Club in 1998, scoring 88 runs at an average of 44. He also took four catches and claimed three wickets.

This photograph was taken in 1900 and is of Somerset legend Len Braund.

The all rounder joined Somerset from Surrey in 1899 and is regarded as being one of the finest First Class cricketers in the early part of the twentieth century.

In total he played 281 matches for the Club, scoring 12,218 runs at an average of 25.40 with a best of 257 not out. He also took 684 wickets at 27.99 with a best of nine for 41.

Following his retirement he became a First Class umpire and officiated in three Test matches. He also coached at Cambridge.

He was one of the first twenty six professionals to be elected as Honorary Members of the MCC in 1949.

This photograph shows Brian Rose relaxing ahead of a County Championship match against Worcestershire at Clarence Park, Weston-super-Mare in 1986.

After winning the toss, the visiting captain, Phil Neale elected to bat. It seemed like a good decision as Worcestershire declared on 379 for four. David Smith top scored with 165 not out.

In reply, an unbeaten century from Ian Botham and half centuries for Peter Roebuck and Nigel Felton saw the hosts declare on 286 for four.

Tim Curtis (74) and Damian D’Oliveira (91) took the visitors to 247 for two before Neale declared for a second time, setting Somerset a victory target of 341.

Roebuck was again in fine form during his side’s second innings, making 147 not out. He was supported well by Vic Marks (71 not out) as Somerset reached their total for the loss of just five wickets to claim a dramatic victory.

Unfortunately, that was one of only three wins for the Club in the Championship that year as Somerset finished 16th in the competition.

The above image was taken at Taunton on May 26th during the ICC Cricket World Cup of 1999.

On that day, a Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid masterclass helped India hit the highest total of that Cricket World Cup against Sri Lanka.

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 for six 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 five wickets as India bowled Sri Lanka out for just 216.

We hope that you have enjoyed this look through the archives over the last few weeks.

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