The first ever Tribute Derby ahead of the three head to head cricket matches between Somerset and Gloucestershire was staged on Thursday evening at the Isle of Wedmore Golf Club and what an event it turned out to be.
Six players from each county took part in a series of competitions, some of which involved supporters and after trailing throughout the evening it was Gloucestershire who snatched victory at the end of the final event to win the Tribute Best in the West Trophy.
After a pint and a curry the serious business of the evening commenced and there was no doubting how serious the players from each side were taking the event, when Matt Maynard performed his victory dance after throwing a double eight to complete a victory in the darts opener against Ian Harvey.
Next up it was Question of Sport when the host team captained by Pete Trego, who showed an impressive knowledge of Somerset cricket, proved too strong for the visitors from north of the River Avon who were skippered by Hamish Marshall.
Trego was the home player nominated to take part in the Sporting Charades and the lad from Weston once again proved too good for the Gloucesters to give Somerset a 20-12 lead.
It was honours even in the Quickfire Round but Somerset edged the Mystery Star round- once again Trego played a leading role to lead 28-19 at the break.
After the interval the emphasis was on games, starting with the Edge of Glory, which featured bouncing a tennis ball on the side of a cricket bat, which saw Roelof van der Merwe starring as Somerset won to extend their lead to 33-19.
If Somerset thought that they were home and dry they had to think again as Gloucestershire won the Target Challenge to narrow the gap to 33-24.
The Giant Jenga Challenge certainly turned out to be a thriller as the tower continued to be built until it was 26 bricks tall, only for the Josh Davey to be the unlucky one whose turn caused the tower to fall, giving Gloucestershire another five points to make it 33-29 going into the last event.
In the end it came down to the Table Skittles to decide the winner and eventually it was Gloucestershire who won the last game and lifted the Tribute Derby Trophy .
It was a great evening and well done to everybody who took part or went along and supported.
Well done to Gloucestershire on winning the derby warm up but the real action commences on Sunday June 5th when the two sides meet in the Royal London One Day Cup at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.