Somerset flag at half-mast yesterday


The flag at the County Ground in Taunton flew at half-mast yesterday in memory of  Graham Atkinson who passed away last month.

Family, friends and former players gathered in the Long Room to celebrate the life of Graham who was a classy right handed opening batsman who first played for the County in 1954 at the age of 16.

In 1961 Graham became the youngest Somerset batsmen ever to top 2000 runs in a championship season, a feat he repeated the following year.

Graham was one of the best opening batsmen to have played for Somerset and can count himself unlucky not to have been called up for the England team.

Between 1954 and 1966 he played in 271 first class matches for Somerset in which he scored 14468 runs at an average of 32.08, including 21 centuries.

One of those who paid tribute said ‘Graham Atkinson was a fine cricketer but an even better man.’