From the Archive: Jimmy puts Glamorgan to the sword

Throughout the year we will be delving into our extensive archives in conjunction with Cooper Associates in order to look back at some memorable moments in our Club’s history.

Today we go back to the 90s and an innings which at the time was the second highest score in First Class cricket by a Somerset player.

On this day (May 4th) in 1990, Somerset batsman Jimmy Cook completed a mammoth innings of 313 not out against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens.

Jimmy Cook joined Somerset in 1989 and in three seasons the South African scored over 7500 runs at an average of 72.41. During that time he reached triple figures for the Club on no fewer than 28 occasions.

In early May 1990, Somerset traveled to Sophia Gardens to play Glamorgan in a County Championship match.

Somerset were in good form following a 10-wicket victory over Gloucestershire in their previous First Class match. However, their opponents were a Glamorgan side that contained a certain West Indian by the name of Viv Richards.

On the first day, Chris Tavare won the toss and elected to bat.

Cook and fellow opener Peter Roebuck dominated the Glamorgan bowlers and the pair put on 210 for the first wicket. Roebuck was the man to fall for 69 when he was trapped lbw by Simon Dennis.

Jon Hardy was the next man out when he was bowled by Geoff Holmes for seven at which point Somerset were 250 for two.

Cook and Tavare remained unbeaten and at the end of the opening day Somerset were 361 for two, with Cook on 236 not out.

The two batsmen continued in a similar fashion the following day.

By the time Somerset declared, the scoreboard showed 535 for two.

Tavare was not out 120, but it was Cook who took the headlines.

He was undefeated on 313 in an innings that lasted for over 500 minutes and included 43 fours.

Although the match ended in a draw, it will always be remembered for the brilliance of Jimmy Cook.

His incredible innings is now the fourth highest ever total by a Somerset batsman in a First Class match, eclipsed only by Viv Richards in 1985 and Justin Langer in 2006 and 2007.

In his three years in Taunton, Jimmy made an indelible mark on the Club and he rejoined Somerset in a coaching capacity when Brian Rose was the Club’s Director of Cricket.

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