New Additions to the Hall of Fame

Four Somerset heroes from the recent past were back at the Cooper Associates County Ground recently to be inducted in to the Club’s Hall of Fame.

Peter Bowler, Andy Caddick, Keith Parsons and Rob Turner were back out in the middle during the recent Specsavers County Championship match against Lancashire to receive this special accolade from CEO Lee Cooper and President Richard Parsons.

Situated behind the Somerset Stand, the Hall of Fame is dedicated to the players who have played a major role in the Club’s long and colourful history.

All four recipients were part of the side that lifted the Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy on that never to be forgotten September day at Lord’s in 2001.

Born in Devon but raised in Australia, Peter Bowler joined Somerset from Derbyshire in 1995 and made 160 First Class appearances for the Club. During his time at Taunton Peter established himself as one of the most elegant and effective top order batsmen in the business and amassed 9642 First Class runs at an average of 41.38 with a best score of 207. He also captained the Club with distinction.

Andy Caddick joined Somerset in 1991 and went on to become one of the best bowlers in the history of the County. His exploits for Somerset earned him international recognition and he became an England regular for a decade. He was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2001 and during his time at Taunton he took over 1100 wickets at an average of 26.59. He took 10 wickets in a match on no fewer than 17 occasions and also claimed five wickets in an innings 78 times. His best figures saw him take nine for 32.

After captaining Cambridge University Rob Turner joined Somerset in 1991. He went on to become one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen on the county circuit and scored in excess of 1000 runs in a season on two occasions. He is regarded as one of the best ‘keepers not to have played for England. Rob scored over 8400 First Class runs in 211 matches for Somerset at an average of 33.09. He also took 645 First Class catches and 37 stumpings.

Born and educated in Taunton, Keith Parsons made his way through the youth ranks at Somerset before making his debut in 1992. The following year he was named the Somerset Young Player of the Year. From that point on he never looked back and was a regular for the Club for over a decade. Keith made 130 First Class appearances for Somerset, scoring 5324 runs with a best of 193 not out. He also took over 100 First Class wickets with a best of five for 13. He was named Man of the Match when Somerset lifted the C&G Trophy at Lord’s in 2001.

Regarding this recognition Keith said: “It’s a huge honour to be added to the Hall of Fame and I was thrilled to be part of the day. It felt really good to walk along behind the Somerset Stand and see myself there among a lot of the great players who have been involved with the Club over the years.

“It was really good to be here with the other three because we all played our part in helping Somerset to win the Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy back in 2001. It seems a long time ago, but to be here with the others brought back so many happy memories.”

“It was 16 years ago almost to the day that we were all part of that cup winning team and it’s great to look back on the good times we had then.”

A further six players were also inducted in to the Hall of Fame but were unable to be present. These players are: Mark Lathwell, Graham Rose, Jamie Cox, Mike Burns, Ian Blackwell and Justin Langer.

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