Somerset County Cricket Club first-class matches

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This article is a summary of 2,698 first-class cricket matches played by Somerset County Cricket Club to the end of the 2017 season.

First-Class Status[edit]

Somerset is generally regarded as a first-class team from 1882 to 1885 and from their entry into the County Championship in 1891.

The record is complicated by a number of matches that W G Grace played for Gloucestershire against Somerset between 1879 and 1885. Wisden and Playfair recognise all of these as first-class and they are included in Grace's career figures, which have been his accepted figures since 1916 and are used in the Wikipedia article about Grace. The earlier matches in the series are not regarded as first-class by some statisticians and this article on Somerset CCC matches does not include the matches that are in dispute. For more information about this issue, see Variations in First-Class Cricket Statistics.

Some publications also include a match organised by Somerset against Cambridge University at Cambridge in 1892. Somerset only had 10 players and enlisted two additional players (Gregor MacGregor and Norman Cooper) in what became a 12-a-side match (although only 11 players fielded). The match was retitled Cambridge University v H.T. Hewett's XII, Hewett being the captain of the visiting side. The match was won by Hewett's team.

Notes[edit]

The 23 inter-county matches played between 1882 and 1885 were before the County Championship started. All inter-county contests since 1891 have been in the Championship except for the following 8 friendly matches:

  • 1919 v Worcestershire at Worcester
  • 1919 v Worcestershire at Bath
  • 1948 v Glamorgan at Newport
  • 1949 v Glamorgan at Taunton
  • 1950 v Glamorgan at Cardiff (Arms Park)
  • 1951 v Glamorgan at Taunton
  • 1957 v Sussex at Bristol (Imperial)
  • 1957 v Sussex at Hove

Worcestershire did not compete in the Championship in 1919.

All but six of the first-class matches played by Somerset have been eleven-a-side. The six others were twelve-a-side matches played against Oxford University in 1893, 1896, 1899, 1902, 1903 and 1904. Twelve Somerset players played against the South Africans in 1912 when Harry Chidgey was replaced by Bruce Hylton-Stewart after being injured. In 1885 against Hampshire at Southampton, Somerset only had nine players.

Most first-class matches have been of three-day duration. From 1988 to 1992 six Championship matches each season were four-day matches and from 1993 all Championship matches have been of four days. The first four-day non-championship match was that against the Australians in 1997. Since then the matches against New Zealand (1999), West Indies (2000), Australians (2001), and Sri Lanka A (2004) have been four-day matches. Four matches against M.C.C. between 1882 and 1891 were two-day matches as were the 15 matches played in 1919.

Two matches played under the single-innings rule for matches which have delayed starts have ended in results, both defeats for Somerset. The 1954 victory by Yorkshire at Bradford is included as a draw while the 1986 victory by Derbyshire at Taunton is included as a defeat for Somerset. This is in line with the Championship tables at the time.

Summary against each opponent[edit]

In the following table the County Championship summary is limited to matches played from 1891. Inter-County matches played between 1882 and 1885 are listed separately as are County friendly matches.

Opponent Seasons Home Away All
First Last P W L D T A P W L D T A P W L D T A
Derbyshire 1912 2013 62 18 27 17 2 66 18 24 24 128 36 51 41 2
Durham 1992 2016 17 8 3 6 18 3 6 9 35 11 8 16
Essex 1895 2017 70 13 28 29 1 72 22 29 20 1 142 35 57 49 1 1
Glamorgan 1921 2007 74 21 18 35 73 16 25 32 1 147 37 43 67 1
Gloucestershire 1891 2007 99 35 29 35 97 22 39 36 1 196 57 68 71 1
Hampshire 1895 2017 98 24 31 43 1 100 26 34 40 197 50 65 83 1
Kent 1891 2010 81 24 30 27 80 15 47 18 161 39 77 45
Lancashire 1891 2017 78 18 36 24 1 77 8 41 28 1 155 26 77 52 2
Leicestershire 1920 2007 50 19 10 21 51 14 18 19 101 33 28 40
Middlesex 1891 2017 82 16 39 27 81 9 46 26 163 25 85 53
Northamptonshire 1912 2014 59 19 18 22 1 62 11 18 33 121 30 36 55 1
Nottinghamshire 1892 2016 63 22 12 29 64 12 19 33 127 34 31 62
Surrey 1891 2017 84 22 28 34 85 11 47 27 169 33 75 61
Sussex 1892 2015 90 26 25 38 1 90 22 40 28 1 180 48 65 66 1 1
Warwickshire 1905 2017 69 24 20 25 67 11 20 36 136 35 40 61
Worcestershire 1901 2015 88 29 32 27 86 26 26 33 1 1 173 55 58 60 1 1
Yorkshire 1891 2017 89 13 41 35 86 11 50 25 175 24 91 60
County Championship 1253 351 427 474 1 6 1255 257 528 468 2 5 2508 608 955 942 3 11
Gloucestershire 1882 1885 2 0 2 0 3 0 3 0 5 0 5 0
Hampshire 1882 1885 4 4 0 0 4 0 4 0 8 4 4 0
Kent 1884 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 0
Lancashire 1882 1884 2 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 4 0 4 0
Surrey 1883 1885 2 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 4 0 4 0
Inter-County 1882–1885 11 4 7 0 0 0 12 0 12 0 0 0 23 4 19 0 0 0
Glamorgan 1948 1951 2 0 0 2 2 0 1 1 4 0 1 3
Sussex 1957 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 1
Worcestershire 1919 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 1
County Friendlies 4 1 0 3 0 0 4 0 2 2 0 0 8 1 2 5 0 0
Oxford University 1892 2000 4 3 1 0 28 7 10 11 1 32 10 11 11 1
Cambridge University 1895 2008 14 6 3 5 13 4 4 5 27 10 7 10
Cardiff MCCU 2012 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1
Durham MCCU 2005 2015 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 2
Leeds/Bradford MCCU 2014 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1
Loughborough UCCE 2003 2007 3 1 0 2 3 1 0 2
Australians 1882 2013 29 1 16 12 29 1 16 12
Indians 1911 2011 11 2 2 7 11 2 2 7
New Zealanders 1927 2015 13 0 6 7 13 0 6 7
Pakistanis 1954 2016 8 1 3 4 8 1 3 4
South Africans 1901 2008 13 1 10 2 13 1 10 2
Sri Lankans 1991 1998 2 0 1 1 2 0 1 1
West Indians 1923 2000 17 2 8 7 17 2 8 7
MCC 1882 1891 2 1 0 1 2 0 1 1 4 1 1 2
Philadelphians 1897 1903 2 1 0 1 2 1 0 1
Australian Imperial Forces 1919 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
Combined Services 1959 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
Pakistan Eaglets 1963 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1
Young Australians 1995 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
South Africa 'A' 1996 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1
Pakistan 'A' 1997 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
West Indies 'A' 2002 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
Sri Lanka 'A' 2004 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
All First-Class 1882 2017 1398 377 486 533 2 6 1314 266 577 487 2 6 2712 645 1043 1020 4 12

The match against Oxford Universities in 2000 (which included Oxford Brookes University) is included here in the Oxford University totals. The match in 2008 against Cambridge University UCCE is included here in the Cambridge University totals.

Summary on each home ground[edit]

Currently first-class matches are only played at Taunton. Only 1 other first-class match has been played on the following grounds. This was a match played at Taunton between East Africa and Sri Lanka after both teams had played in the 1975 World Cup

In the following table click on the 'CA' to access the Cricket Archive Records section for the ground.

Venue Records Seasons County Championship Other All First-Class
First Last P W L D T A P W L D T A P W L D T A
Taunton, County Ground CA 1882 2017 754 205 251 297 1 2 117 19 48 49 1 871 224 299 346 2 2
Bath, Recreation Ground CA 1897 2006 234 71 82 81 4 21 6 8 7 255 77 90 88 4
Bath, Lansdown CC (Combe Park) CA 1884 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
Bristol, Imperial Athletic Ground CA 1957 1966 8 2 2 4 1 0 0 1 9 2 2 5
Frome, Agricultural Showgrounds CA 1932 1961 18 9 7 2 18 9 7 2
Glastonbury, Morlands Athletic Ground CA 1952 1973 18 5 2 11 18 5 2 11
Knowle, Knowle CC CA 1926 1928 3 1 1 1 3 1 1 1
Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Downside School CA 1934 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1
Street, Millfield School CA 1961 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
Taunton, Taunton Vale CA 2012 2015 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 2
Wells, Rowden Road CA 1935 1951 11 4 5 2 11 4 5 2
Weston-super-Mare, Clarence Park CA 1914 1996 188 51 69 68 3 0 3 0 191 51 72 68
Yeovil, West Hendford CA 1935 1939 5 1 3 1 5 1 3 1
Yeovil, Johnson Park CA 1951 1967 12 2 4 6 12 2 4 6
Totals 1882 2017 1237 343 424 469 1 6 143 26 59 57 1 0 1380 369 483 526 2 6

Between 1882 and 1885 10 inter-county home matches were played at Taunton (3 won, 7 lost) and 1 at Bath, Lansdown CC (won). Since 1891 2 friendly inter-county home matches have been played at Taunton (2 drawn), 1 at Bath, Recreation Ground (won) and 1 at Bristol, Imperial Athletic Ground (drawn).

Season by season summary[edit]

In the following table the final position is given together with the number of teams in the County Championship so that 5=/9 means that Somerset were equal 5th out of the 9 teams competing. From 2000 the County Championship has been divided into two divisions shown here as D1 for Division 1 and D2 for Division 2.

County Championship All First-Class
Home Away All Position
Year P W L D T A P W L D T A P W L D T A P W L D T A
1882 8 1 6 1
1883 7 1 5 1
1884 6 1 5 0
1885 6 1 5 0
1891 6 2 4 0 6 3 2 1 12 5 6 1 5=/9 13 6 6 1
1892 8 5 1 2 8 3 4 1 16 8 5 3 3/9 17 8 6 3
1893 8 2 2 4 8 2 6 0 16 4 8 4 8/9 18 5 9 4
1894 8 3 2 3 8 3 5 0 16 6 7 3 6/9 17 6 7 4
1895 9 5 3 1 8 1 5 2 1 17 6 8 3 1 8=/14 19 6 10 3 1
1896 8 1 3 4 8 2 4 2 16 3 7 6 11/14 19 3 9 7
1897 8 2 4 2 8 1 5 2 16 3 9 4 11/14 18 3 10 5
1898 8 0 4 4 8 1 6 1 16 1 10 5 13=/14 17 2 10 5
1899 8 2 3 3 8 0 5 3 16 2 8 6 13=/15 18 2 9 7
1900 8 2 5 1 8 2 6 0 16 4 11 1 11/15 17 4 11 2
1901 9 2 4 3 8 2 6 0 1 17 4 10 3 1 12=/15 19 6 10 3 1
1902 9 4 2 3 9 3 5 1 18 7 7 4 7=/15 20 7 7 6
1903 8 3 1 4 1 9 3 5 1 17 6 6 5 1 10/15 19 7 6 6 1
1904 9 3 5 1 9 2 6 1 18 5 11 2 12/15 20 5 13 2
1905 9 1 4 4 9 0 6 3 18 1 10 7 15/16 19 1 10 8
1906 9 2 4 3 9 2 6 1 18 4 10 4 11=/16 18 4 10 4
1907 9 3 6 0 9 0 6 3 18 3 12 3 14/16 19 3 13 3
1908 10 1 5 4 10 1 8 1 20 2 13 5 16/16 20 2 13 5
1909 8 2 3 3 8 2 4 2 16 4 7 5 11/16 17 4 8 5
1910 9 0 8 1 9 0 7 2 18 0 15 3 16/16 18 0 15 3
1911 8 1 6 1 8 0 7 1 16 1 13 2 16/16 17 1 14 2
1912 8 1 4 3 8 1 4 3 16 2 8 6 14/16 18 2 9 7
1913 8 1 4 3 8 1 7 0 16 2 11 3 16/16 16 2 11 3
1914 9 2 7 0 1 10 1 9 0 19 3 16 0 1 15/16 19 3 16 0 1
1919 6 3 1 1 1 6 1 2 3 12 4 3 4 1 5=/15 15 5 4 5 1
1920 10 4 6 0 10 3 4 3 20 7 10 3 10/16 22 7 11 4
1921 11 3 6 2 11 5 5 1 22 8 11 3 10/17 25 8 14 3
1922 12 3 8 1 12 3 3 6 24 6 11 7 10/17 25 6 12 7
1923 12 5 5 2 12 4 6 2 24 9 11 4 9/17 25 9 12 4
1924 11 3 5 3 1 11 6 2 3 1 22 9 7 6 2 8/17 24 10 8 6 2
1925 13 0 8 5 13 3 7 3 26 3 15 8 15/17 27 3 16 8
1926 13 1 4 8 13 2 5 5 1 26 3 9 13 1 14/17 27 3 10 13 1
1927 13 1 4 8 13 2 5 6 26 3 9 14 14/17 27 3 10 14
1928 12 1 5 6 12 3 6 3 24 4 11 9 14/17 25 4 11 10
1929 14 3 8 3 14 0 9 5 28 3 17 8 15/17 30 4 18 8
1930 14 4 3 7 14 0 8 6 28 4 11 13 13=/17 30 4 12 14
1931 14 3 5 6 14 3 6 5 28 6 11 11 13/17 29 6 11 12
1932 14 6 3 5 14 2 4 8 28 8 7 13 7/17 29 8 8 13
1933 13 3 4 6 13 3 6 4 26 6 10 10 11/17 27 6 10 11
1934 12 2 4 6 12 1 6 5 24 3 10 11 15/17 25 3 11 11
1935 13 2 6 5 13 3 5 5 26 5 11 10 14/17 28 5 13 10
1936 13 6 3 4 13 3 7 3 26 9 10 7 7/17 28 10 10 8
1937 14 4 7 3 14 3 7 4 28 7 14 7 13/17 29 7 15 7
1938 14 8 2 4 14 2 7 5 28 10 9 9 7/17 29 10 10 9
1939 14 3 6 5 14 3 5 5 1 28 6 11 10 1 14/17 30 8 11 10 1
1946 13 7 1 5 13 5 5 3 26 12 6 8 4/17 28 14 6 8
1947 13 6 5 2 13 2 7 4 26 8 12 6 11=/17 28 8 13 7
1948 13 2 9 2 13 3 5 5 26 5 14 7 12/17 29 5 17 7
1949 13 5 8 0 13 3 7 3 26 8 15 3 9/17 29 8 16 5
1950 14 5 5 4 14 3 3 8 28 8 8 12 7=/17 30 8 9 13
1951 14 3 8 3 14 2 7 5 28 5 15 8 14/17 30 5 16 9
1952 14 2 5 7 14 0 7 7 28 2 12 14 17/17 29 2 12 15
1953 14 1 10 3 14 1 9 4 28 2 19 7 17/17 29 2 19 8
1954 14 1 9 4 14 1 9 4 28 2 18 8 17/17 29 2 18 9
1955 14 4 6 4 14 0 11 3 28 4 17 7 17/17 29 4 18 7
1956 14 4 5 5 14 0 10 4 28 4 15 9 15/17 30 4 15 11
1957 14 4 6 4 14 5 8 1 28 9 14 5 8/17 32 9 15 8
1958 14 8 5 1 14 4 4 6 28 12 9 7 3/17 29 12 10 7
1959 14 7 4 3 14 1 9 4 28 8 13 7 12/17 31 10 13 8
1960 16 1 6 9 16 4 5 7 32 5 11 16 14/17 34 5 13 16
1961 16 5 6 5 16 5 9 2 32 10 15 7 10/17 34 11 15 8
1962 16 6 3 7 16 6 4 6 32 12 7 13 6/17 34 14 7 13
1963 14 4 2 8 14 6 4 4 28 10 6 12 3/17 31 10 7 14
1964 14 4 5 5 14 4 3 7 28 8 8 12 8/17 29 8 9 12
1965 14 7 5 2 14 1 6 7 28 8 11 9 7/17 30 9 11 10
1966 14 7 5 2 14 6 2 6 28 13 7 8 3/17 30 14 7 9
1967 14 3 3 8 14 2 4 8 28 5 7 16 8/17 30 5 8 17
1968 13 2 7 4 1 14 3 4 7 27 5 11 11 1 12/17 29 5 11 13 1
1969 12 1 3 8 12 0 6 6 24 1 9 14 17/17 25 1 10 14
1970 12 3 4 5 12 2 6 4 24 5 10 9 13/17 24 5 10 9
1971 12 6 0 6 12 1 4 7 24 7 4 13 7/17 25 7 4 14
1972 10 0 1 9 10 4 1 5 20 4 2 14 11/17 21 4 2 15
1973 10 5 0 5 10 2 2 6 20 7 2 11 10/17 21 7 2 12
1974 10 5 2 3 10 1 2 7 20 6 4 10 5/17 23 6 5 12
1975 10 1 3 6 10 3 5 2 20 4 8 8 12/17 22 5 9 8
1976 10 4 4 2 10 3 4 3 20 7 8 5 7/17 22 7 9 6
1977 10 4 2 4 1 11 2 2 7 21 6 4 11 1 4/17 22 7 4 11 1
1978 11 7 2 2 11 2 2 7 22 9 4 9 5/17 24 9 4 11
1979 11 4 0 7 10 1 1 8 1 21 5 1 15 1 8/17 24 6 1 17 1
1980 10 2 3 5 1 11 1 2 8 21 3 5 13 1 5/17 23 4 5 14 1
1981 11 4 2 5 11 6 0 5 22 10 2 10 3/17 24 11 2 11
1982 11 2 3 6 11 4 3 4 22 6 6 10 6/17 23 6 6 11
1983 12 1 3 8 12 2 4 6 24 3 7 14 10/17 25 3 7 15 1
1984 12 3 1 8 12 3 6 3 24 6 7 11 7/17 26 7 8 11
1985 12 1 4 7 12 0 3 9 24 1 7 16 17/17 27 1 8 18
1986 12 3 4 5 11 0 3 8 1 23 3 7 13 1 16/17 25 3 7 15 1
1987 12 2 1 9 12 0 2 10 24 2 3 19 11/17 24 2 3 19
1988 11 1 4 6 11 4 2 5 22 5 6 11 11/17 23 5 7 11
1989 11 3 3 5 11 1 3 7 22 4 6 12 14/17 23 4 6 13
1990 11 2 3 6 11 1 1 9 22 3 4 15 15/17 24 3 5 16
1991 11 1 2 8 11 1 3 7 22 2 5 15 17/17 24 2 6 16
1992 11 4 1 6 11 1 3 7 22 5 4 13 9/18 23 5 5 13
1993 8 4 4 0 9 4 3 2 17 8 7 2 5/18 18 8 8 2
1994 9 6 2 1 8 1 5 2 17 7 7 3 11/18 18 7 7 4
1995 8 3 3 2 9 4 2 3 17 7 5 5 9/18 20 7 7 6
1996 9 3 3 3 8 2 3 3 17 5 6 6 11/18 19 5 7 7
1997 8 1 2 5 9 2 1 6 17 3 3 11 12/18 20 4 4 12
1998 9 4 2 3 8 2 5 1 17 6 7 4 9/18 18 6 7 5
1999 8 4 1 3 9 2 3 4 17 6 4 7 4/18 19 6 5 8
2000 8 1 0 7 8 1 4 3 16 2 4 10 5/9(D1) 18 4 4 10
2001 8 3 1 4 8 3 1 4 16 6 2 8 2/9(D1) 17 6 3 8
2002 8 1 2 5 8 0 5 3 16 1 7 8 8/9(D1) 17 1 7 8 1
2003 8 3 2 3 8 1 6 1 16 4 8 4 7/9(D2) 18 4 8 6
2004 8 1 3 4 8 3 2 3 16 4 5 7 4/9(D2) 18 5 5 8
2005 8 1 4 3 8 3 3 2 16 4 7 5 8/9(D2) 17 4 7 6
2006 8 1 4 3 8 2 5 1 16 3 9 4 9/9(D2) 16 3 9 4
2007 8 5 0 3 8 5 1 2 16 10 1 5 1/9(D2) 17 11 1 5
2008 8 1 2 5 8 2 0 6 16 3 2 11 4/9(D1) 18 4 2 12
2009 8 1 0 7 8 2 1 5 16 3 1 12 3/9(D1) 16 3 1 12
2010 8 4 0 4 8 2 2 4 16 6 2 8 2/9(D1) 16 6 2 8
2011 8 4 3 1 8 2 4 2 16 6 7 3 4/9(D1) 17 6 7 4
2012 8 4 0 4 8 1 1 6 16 5 1 10 2/9(D1) 17 5 1 11
2013 8 1 3 4 8 2 2 4 16 3 5 8 6/9(D1) 17 3 6 8
2014 8 2 1 5 8 2 1 5 16 4 2 10 6/9(D1) 17 4 2 11
2015 8 2 2 4 8 2 4 2 16 4 6 6 6/9(D1) 18 4 7 7
2016 8 4 1 3 8 2 0 6 16 6 1 9 2/9(D1) 17 6 1 10
2017 7 2 3 2 7 2 3 2 14 4 6 4 6/8(D1) 14 4 6 4
Totals 1253 351 427 474 1 6 1253 257 528 468 2 5 2508 608 955 942 3 11 2712 645 1043 1020 4 12

Abandoned matches[edit]

  • 1895 v Lancashire at Manchester
  • 1901 v Worcestershire at Worcester
  • 1903 v Hampshire at Bath
  • 1914 v Northamptonshire at Taunton
  • 1924 v Essex at Bath
  • 1924 v Glamorgan at Cardiff
  • 1968 v Derbyshire at Bath
  • 1977 v Derbyshire at Taunton
  • 1979 v Gloucestershire at Bristol
  • 1980 v Lancashire at Bath
  • 1983 v Oxford University at Oxford
  • 1986 v Sussex at Horsham

All these matches were abandoned because of bad weather, except for the match in 1914 which was abandoned because of the impending war.

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