Archive Photo Special: Part Two

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 piece is from June 16th, 1970 and was taken ahead of the third and final day of Somerset’s County Championship match against Surrey at the Oval.

On the morning of the opening day, Somerset skipper Brian Langford won the toss and elected to bat.

Half centuries from Tony Clarkson (61) and Peter Robinson (51) helped the visitors to a total of 217 all out in their first innings. Pat Pocock was the pick of the home bowlers, claiming six for 62. By the end of the first day, Surrey were 33 without loss.

The hosts had reached 382 for six by the close of play on the second day, a lead of 165.

The declaration came overnight, with a draw the most likely result. However, Pocock (four for 23) and Intikhab Alam (five for 31) dismissed Somerset for 100 in their second innings to give Surrey the win by an innings and 65 runs.

The was also a familiar face officiating in this match, with Somerset legend Bill Alley umpiring in the fixture.

This photograph shows Somerset Captain, Brian Close in action in the County Championship against Essex at the Leyton County Ground in August 1975. It was a match that Somerset won by three wickets.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the hosts were dismissed for 251 thanks to four wickets each for Close and Hallam Moseley. However, six wickets for Keith Boyce helped Essex to bowl the visitors out for just 144.

Despite 88 from Keith Fletcher, Essex were all out for 191 second time around. Dennis Breakwell was the pick of the bowlers with four for 33, whilst Close claimed a further three wickets.

Knowing that his side needed a better performance in their second innings, Close led from the front. He made 62 not out and was ably supported by Derek Taylor (57) and Peter Denning (52) as Somerset claimed a dramatic victory.

It’s also worth noting that the 41 extras in the Somerset second innings total of 299 for seven didn’t help the home side’s cause.

This photograph of Harold Gimblett was taken in May 1936.

In 329 matches for Somerset between 1935 and 1954 Harold Gimblett scored 21,142 runs at an average of 36.96, and hit 49 centuries.

It all began when the 20-year-old was given a two week trial at Taunton. Those in charge were not overly impressed, but they allowed him to finish off his fortnight stint and paid him his 35 shillings (£1.75) plus bus fare to get home.

On the last day, Harold packed up his gear and was getting ready to depart when Somerset found themselves a man short for their three-day game against Essex at Frome. Harold was called back into the office and told that if he could get himself to Frome on Saturday morning, then he would be playing for Somerset.

Harold didn’t have a car so Somerset arranged for him to be picked up at Bridgwater at 9am by ‘keeper Wally Luckes. The trouble was that he had to get to Bridgwater and the only way he could do so was by bus. Everything seemed to be conspiring against him because he missed the early morning bus along the North Somerset coast to Bridgwater but managed to meet up with Luckes after a kindly truck drive gave him a lift.

He made a century on his debut and the rest is history.

This image from August 2000 shows the victorious Somerset side following their comprehensive win over the West Indies at Taunton in a four-day challenge match. It features a young looking Jason Kerr (third from the left) and an even younger looking Peter Trego (far right).

The match was particularly memorable for Keith Parsons making a superb 193 not out and Jason Kerr claiming a hat-trick against a side that included the likes of Brian Lara, Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sherwin Campbell, Wavell Hinds and Corey Collymore.

Parsons’ sensational knock was the highlight of the Somerset first innings as the hosts posted a total of 488 all out. Despite a century from Mahendra Nagamootoo, the tourists were all out for 290 first time around.

Batting for a second time, Mike Burns (78 not out), Adrian Pierson (48) and Rob Turner (43) helped the hosts to 240 for six declared.

Kerr bowled Gayle for a duck to give Somerset a great start, but Adrian Griffith (77) gave the West Indies hope. However, Kerr wasn’t finished and when he removed Lara, Nixon McLean and Collymore in consecutive deliveries the tourists were all out for 169, Somerset had won by 269 runs and the now Somerset Head Coach had four for 18. The wicket of Collymore was also the 100th First Class scalp of his career.

Our final photograph of the day takes us back to July 1966 and shows Ken Palmer in action against Surrey at the Oval in a three-day County Championship match.

At the close of play on day one Somerset were all out for 247. Tony Clarkson top scored with 74 not out whilst Pat Pocock once again enjoyed his time against the visiting batters by claiming four for 62.

Day two was very much the Palmer show as Ken and his brother Roy claimed eight of the nine Surrey wickets to fall. Ken finished with five for 56 and Roy claimed three for 47, indeed the last wicket to fall was that of Pocock who was caught by Ken off the bowling of Roy as Surrey declared on 274 for nine.

Batting for a second time, Somerset declared on 227 for eight, Colin Atkinson top scoring with 56.

Somerset reduced Surrey to 138 for nine but just couldn’t claim the final wicket in order to secure the victory as the match ended in a draw. During the Surrey second innings Ken took his tally of First Class wickets for the season to 51. He would eventually finish the year with 98 wickets at an average of just 18.75.

We hope that you have enjoyed this look through the archives, and we look forward to you joining us again soon for part three.


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