Somerset Honoured to be hosting New Zealand
Somerset County Cricket Club are honoured to be hosting the team currently top of the ICC Test rankings later this year.
It was announced earlier this week that New Zealand would begin their 2021 tour of England with a four-day warm up match against Somerset at the Cooper Associates County Ground, and everyone associated with the Club is delighted to be staging this prestigious fixture as CEO Gordon Hollins explains.
“To stage the opening match of an international tour is something that we take immense pride in,” he said. “New Zealand are currently ranked as the number one Test team in the world and Kane Williamson is the number one batsman, so this promises to be quite a spectacle.
“We have a long history of playing against and working with both the New Zealand men’s and women’s teams which dates back to the 1920s and everyone involved with the Club is delighted that this relationship is continuing.
“With such a prestigious fixture on the horizon, it is obviously our hope that we will be in a position to safely allow as many of our Members and supporters into the Cooper Associates County Ground as possible for what will no doubt be a game to remember.”
The history of this fixture dates back to 1927 when Somerset hosted the tourists at Clarence Park, Weston-super-Mare for a three-day match which saw future Somerset legend Arthur Wellard make his First Class debut for the County.
The first match between the two sides at the County Ground, Taunton came in 1937 with the tourists coming away with a seven-wicket victory in this three-day affair.
The last time the Somerset and New Zealand met was in four-day match in 2015, when a century from James Hildreth wasn’t enough to prevent his side from falling to a 66-run defeat. It was a match that saw Josh Davey make his First Class debut for the County.
The Black Caps were also one of the six sides to call Taunton home during the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Jimmy Neesham (five for 31) and Kane Williamson (79 not out) were the stars of the show as they beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in front of a capacity crowd.
2021 promises to be another intriguing encounter as New Zealand will be in England in 2021 looking for revenge following 2019s dramatic World Cup final and Taunton will be the very first stop on the tour.
The four-day Tourist match begins on Tuesday May 25th.
Individual tickets for this fixture will be available to purchase in March and there will also be a number of hospitality offerings.
If you are interested in attending this match, we are encouraging you to register your interest via this simple form. With the potential restricting of audiences during parts of the summer, registering your interest will help you jump the queue over general sale purchases.
This match is also included in the following Membership categories:
- Club Membership
- Club & One-Day Membership
It is not included in One-Day Membership or Associate Membership.
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If you buy your Membership before 23:59 on Monday February 1st, you will still qualify for the discounted Membership rates!
In recognition of the impact COVID-19 will have had on household finances, please note the following key headlines in relation to 2021 Membership:
- Fees are frozen at 2020 levels.
- For Members who donated their fee in 2020, they can claim a further £20 reduction on the ‘early bird’ price of their Membership fee (£50 on the full price) if purchasing before January 31st 2021. For example, Club Membership becomes £165 and Club & One Day Membership from £259, respectively.
- The Early Bird Discount Deadline window will end at 23:59 on Monday February 1st, 2021.
- Those signing up for Membership by 31st January can pay on 1st March by sending a post-dated cheque to the Club.