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History

Although August 18th, 1875 was the day that our Club was officially founded, the history of Somerset cricket goes back even further than that. We can go as far back as 1798 to find a first recorded county match by a team bearing the name of Somerset.

The day it all began

On the 18th of August 1875, Somerset County Cricket Club was officially founded following a two-day match between the Gentlemen of Somerset and the Gentlemen of Devon at Sidmouth Cricket Club. The Somerset Gentlemen won the match by eight wickets, and after the conclusion of the fixture the team called a meeting. The discussions were chaired by Reverend Alexander Colvin Ainslie and the proposal was a simple one; that Somerset should have its own County Cricket Club in order to compete with the established Counties.

A new home

After leading an initially nomadic existence, Somerset County Cricket Club plays it's first home match at Taunton Athletic Society by the banks of the River Tone. It became our permanent home. In 1896 the freehold is purchased by SCCC for a reported £2000

Tyler takes 10

E.J. Tyler takes 10 for 49 against Surrey. These are the best bowling figures in a First Class innings by a Somerset player.

First Test Player

Leslie Gay becomes the first current Somerset player to appear in a Test match for England. He also represented England in football.

Most First Class wickets

J.C. White holds the record for the most First Class wickets for Somerset. He took 2165 wickets in 409 matches.

Most First Class runs

Harold Gimblett holds the record for the most First Class runs for Somerset. He scored 21,142 runs in 329 matches. This total included 49 centuries.

Most First Class Wickets in a Season

Arthur Wellard takes 169 First Class wickets for Somerset. This is the highest number of wickets taken in a season by a Somerset player.

Most First Class Appearances

Brian Langford makes his Somerset First Class debut. He went on to make a record 504 appearances for the County.

Most First Class runs in a season

Bill Alley scored 2,761 First Class runs for Somerset. This is the highest number of runs scored in a season by a Somerset player.

Most List A Appearances

Peter Denning makes his List A debut for Somerset. He went on to make a record 280 appearances for the County in this form of the game.

Most List A wickets

Hallam Moseley takes his first List A wicket for Somerset. He went on to take a Club record 309 wickets in that format of the game.

Two trophies in two days

Somerset beat Northamptonshire in the Gillette Cup final by 45 runs to lift the first trophy in the Club’s history. The following day Somerset beat Nottinghamshire to clinch the John Player League title.

B&H Cup triumph

Somerset beat Surrey by seven wickets in the final of the Benson & Hedges Cup. Viv Richards top scored with 132* and Joel Garner took five for 14.

Another year, another trophy

Somerset beat Nottinghamshire in the final of the Benson & Hedges Cup by nine wickets.

Five in five

Somerset lift the NatWest Trophy after beating Kent by 24 runs.

The glory years

"The Big Three” of Garner, Botham and Richards help Somerset to win five trophies in what have become known as “The Glory Years”

Run machine

Jimmy Cook scored 1331 list A runs for Somerset in 1990. This is the highest number of List A runs scored in a season by a Somerset player. He also scored 11 First Class centuries in 1991 which is a Club record too.

Debut of a legend

Andrew Caddick makes his First Class debut for Somerset. He went on to take over 1100 wickets for the Club until his retirement in 2009. He also played in 62 Tests and 54 ODI’s for England.

First glimpse of a true great

Marcus Trescothick makes his debut. He went on to become one of the greatest players in the history of the County and holds a number of Club records including the one for the most First Class hundreds (52). He is also regarded as one of England's finest openers

Most First Class runs in a match

Jamie Cox scores 216 and 129* against Hampshire. This total of 345 is the most runs in a First Class match by a Somerset player.

More glory

Somerset beat Leicestershire by 41 runs to win the C&G Trophy at Lord’s.

Most List A wickets in a match

Simon Francis takes 8 for 66 in a List A match against Derbyshire. This is the most wickets taken in a List A match by a Somerset player.

World record T20 score

Somerset set the record for the highest ever score in a T20 match with 228/5 against Gloucestershire.

Another trophy for the cabinet

Somerset win the Twenty20 Cup after beating Lancashire in the final at the Oval.

Most First Class runs in an innings

Justin Langer sets a new record for the most First Class runs scored in an Innings when he makes 342 against Surrey.

Record breakers again

Somerset once again break the record for the highest score in a T20 match, making 250/3 against Gloucestershire

Division Two Champions

Somerset are crowned County Championship Division Two Champions.

Most T20 wickets in a season

Alfonso Thomas takes a Club record 33 wickets in one T20 season.

Records continue to be set

Arul Suppiah sets a new T20 World Record when he takes six for five against Glamorgan.

Success on the global stage

Somerset reach the semi-final of the T20 Champions League.

New partnership record

Nick Compton and James Hildreth set a new Club partnership record when they make 450 against Cardiff MCCU.

Most runs in a T20

Chris Gayle smashes his way to a Club record T20 score of 151 not out against Kent.

Most First Class hundreds

Marcus Trescothick scores his 50th First Class century for Somerset and sets a new record for the most hundreds for the Club.

More silverware

Somerset win the Royal London One-Day Cup after beating Hampshire by six wickets at Lord’s.

Landmark for Lammonby

Tom Lammonby becomes the youngest Somerset player ever to remain unbeaten in an entire innings in the Club’s victory against Worcestershire in the Bob Willis Trophy.

  • 1798
  • 1875
  • 1882
  • 1891
  • 1894
  • 1909 – 1937
  • 1935 – 1954
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Our

Values

Unity

▪ We are one team – colleagues, members, partners and supporters, working collaboratively
towards our shared purpose.
▪ We support each other through the highs and the lows.
▪ We build connections, earning and retaining trust and loyalty through positive acts and
behaviour.
▪ We look beyond our department or team to ensure we focus on the greater good of the Club

Integrity

We act ethically, morally and honestly at all times, ensuring the best interests of the Club and
our people are at the forefront of decision-making.

▪ We are equitable in all we do.
▪ We lead by example and do what we say we will.
▪ We listen; we learn.
▪ We are honest and realistic about what we can deliver and are responsible and accountable
for our actions.
▪ We stand up for what is right and call out behaviour that doesn’t align with our values,
regardless of individuals’ seniority

Inclusivity

▪ We respect our history and traditions as we evolve into our future.
▪ We take responsibility to ensure a consistently safe, welcoming, friendly and respectful
environment for everyone.
▪ We embrace differences and encourage participation from all communities.
▪ We are committed to continual self-reflection and development

Ambitious

▪ We are bold, brave and have the courage to face challenges.
▪ We are prepared to take considered risks which sustain and grow the Club into the future,
leaving it in a stronger position than we found it.
▪ We strive to do our absolute best and are prepared to make sacrifices to reach our goals. When
we don’t succeed, we improve and develop.
▪ We are curious – actively questioning, innovating and adapting to drive progress and
performance.
▪ We nurture and develop our people, enabling them to deliver exceptional outcomes.

Passionate

▪ We contribute fully with energy, commitment and pride.
▪ Our Club means so much to so many – our dedication and stewardship acts to protect this.
▪ We inspire others to join us.
▪ We are driven to achieve results and go the extra mile.

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Safeguarding

Accounts

Somerset Pathway

Members Directors

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Western Storm

Initially, Western Storm was one of six elite women’s domestic teams that played in the ECB Kia Super League. The Kia Super League was established in 2016 to create an exciting, fast-paced women’s competition that aimed to bridge the gap between County and International Cricket. Based in the South West, Western Storm was created in 2016 when Somerset County Cricket Club, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and the University of Exeter joined forces to form a unique consortium that was successfully awarded hosting rights from 2016-2019.

With the Kia Super League coming to an end, the successes from the last four years were marked at a special Women & Girls Celebration Event at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

With Women’s cricket moving into its next chapter in 2020, Somerset County Cricket Club, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and Glamorgan County Cricket Club joined forces and formally setup Western Storm Ltd.

Western Storm now sits within the new eight regional structure model which will provide world class training, coaching and match play opportunities to develop the most talented female players for sustained international success and drive the performance of England women’s cricket.

Servicing the South West and Wales, the legacy of Western Storm and all that was achieved under the Kia Super League will live on as we, with the support of our region, continue to take Women and Girls Cricket to the next level.

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Somerset Cricket Foundation

The Somerset Cricket Foundation exists to support, grow and diversify grassroots cricket as well as to use the power of cricket to develop communities and make a positive difference to people’s lives. The trustees of the Somerset Cricket Foundation are all volunteers and they oversee a team of ten full-time and one part-time members of staff to deliver the strategic aims and objectives of the charity.

Club Rules

Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing is when someone knows or suspects serious wrongdoing within an organisation and they report such activity internally to the organisation, or externally to the relevant authority. Specific legislation – the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, offers protection to anyone who raises a whistleblowing concern. Activities which may fall under a whistleblowing process include those which:

  • Are criminal (e.g. financial fraud or mismanagement or facilitating tax evasion)
  • Put health and safety at risk
  • Breach our Safeguarding policy
  • Harm the environment
  • Are miscarriages of justice
  • Breach our Bribery policy
  • Fail to comply with legal, financial or regulatory obligations
  • Breach our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy or involves discrimination related to any protected characteristics
  • Breach our Dignity at Work policy or involves bullying or harassment
  • Breach our Data Protection policy or unauthorised disclosure of confidential information
  • Fail to meet professional requirements
  • Attempt to conceal one or more of these activities.

Somerset County Cricket Club expects all colleagues to recognise and understand their obligations and responsibilities to the Club, the public and each other and to provide consistently high standards of performance and conduct at all times, in accordance with our values, codes of conduct and policies.

We are committed to the highest standards of openness, accountability and developing a culture where people feel confident and safe to raise concerns about unacceptable practice and wrongdoing. We encourage anyone who has concerns about any aspect of the Club’s work to come forward and voice their concerns in a safe environment.

If you raise a whistleblowing concern you can be assured that your concern will be taken seriously and investigated promptly.

To report a whistleblowing concern, please either email whistle@somersetcountycc.co.uk

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