Match-day Guide: Somerset v Durham


Everything you need to know about our upcoming Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Durham.

Match Date:

Thursday August 4th to Sunday August 7th 2016

Scheduled Hours of Play:

First Ball: 11.00am

Lunch: 1.00pm – 1.40pm

Tea: 3.40pm – 4.00pm

Close: 6.00pm

Opening Times:

Gates open at 10am each day.

Weather Forecast:

For the latest weather forecast from the Met Office please click here


Ticket Prices:

Adult: £13 in advance. £18 on match day

Junior (Under 19): £3

Ticket prices for Day Four of Specsavers County Championship matches will be announced at the close of play on Day Three.

Purchasing tickets:

In Advance: Tickets can be purchased via our website here clicking here, by calling 0845 337 1875 or in person in Reception of the Andrew Caddick Pavilion (marked “D” on our Ground Map).

On Match Day: For those paying cash, turnstiles will be open at The St James Street Gate (marked “18” on our Ground Map) and the Priory Bridge Road Gate (marked “17” on our Ground Map) from 10am.

Ticket Collection: Please note all ticket collections are from the Brian Rose Gate (marked “19” on our Ground Map) from 10am.

Ground Entry:

Members and ticket holders may enter the Cooper Associates County Ground via the St James Street Gate (marked “18” on our Ground Map), the Priory Bridge Road Gate (marked “17” on our Ground Map) and the Brian Rose Gate (marked “19” on our Ground Map) from 10am.

Our stewards will do their best to ensure that your entry to the Cooper Associates County Ground is as easy as possible. If you have any questions on the day, please don’t hesitate to ask. Please do consent if a bag check is required.


Seating is unreserved in all stands except the Colin Atkinson Pavilion, the Sir Ian Botham Stand, the Marcus Trescothick Stand and the Upper Tier of the new Somerset Pavilion. These stands are reserved for Somerset County Cricket Club Members.  Durham Members will be allowed to use Somerset Members Areas on production of their Durham Membership.



Spectators are permitted to bring a small amount of alcohol into the Cooper Associates County Ground for Specsavers County Championship matches. This equates to a bottle of wine or 4 cans per person.

Access to the outfield during the lunch interval:

Where possible spectators will be granted access to the outfield during the lunch and tea intervals during Specsavers County Championship matches. An announcement will be made prior to the interval to inform spectators whether this will be possible.

Club Shop:

Somerset County Sports (marked “F” on our Ground Map) will be open throughout the match and is located near the Somerset Cricket Museum. You can visit their website here to check out a wide range of cricket equipment and replica kit.


Travelling to the Cooper Associates County Ground:

The Cooper Associates County Ground is located in the centre of Taunton with fantastic links to road and rail networks.

By Road: At Junction 25, take the A358 Exit to Taunton/ Yeovil. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit (south) or 3rd exit (north) onto the A358 heading to Taunton/ A38/ Minehead, continuing straight onto Toneway/ A358. At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Priory Avenue and the Cooper Associates County Ground will be on your left. If you wish to plan your route our postcode is TA1 1JT.

Taunton Flower Show is taking place in the town on the 5th and 6th of August and this may lead to some traffic congestion.

For more information on current road closures within Taunton Deane please click here

By Rail: Taunton Train Station is a ten minute walk from the Cooper Associates County Ground. As you leave the Station, turn left into Station Road, heading towards the Town Centre. Turn left onto Priory Bridge Road, and the Cooper

Associates County Ground will be on your right. Please click here for Nation Rail Enquires


Parking at the Cooper Associates County Ground is very limited. Disabled and Long Room Members will be able to reserve parking for match days, subject to availability. For Car Parks in and around the Cooper Associates County Ground, please download the Taunton Car Parking Guide.

Information for Cyclists:

Somerset County Cricket Club is cyclist friendly with several cycle paths close to the Cooper Associates County Ground. On-site we also have bicycle racks situated near the Priory Bridge Road and St James Street Gates.


On production of their Scorecard Voucher Somerset Members are entitled to one free scorecard per Specsavers County Championship match. These are available from the kiosk outside the Andrew Caddick Pavilion, the Brian Rose Gate and Somerset County Sports. Scorecards for non-members are available at a cost of just £1.00.

Food & Drink:


The County Room (“L”) in the Colin Atkinson Pavilion (“8”) hosts the Members Bar (with local beers). It also hosts the popular match day carvery and restaurant which includes:

- Choice of starters served to your table from the kitchen

- Carvery, with a good selection of locally sourced meats and fresh seasonal vegetables

- Choice of cold meats with chilled salad bar

- A choice of desserts

- Coffee and mints

- Cheese

- Drinks served to your table

We aim to provide great quality and value, as well as flexibility.

Match day carvery prices are as follows:

One Course – £11.95

Two Courses – £16.95

Three Courses – £19.95

Booking in advance is recommended and this can be done by calling 0845 337 1875.

Stragglers Coffee House

The Stragglers Coffee House will be open to both Members and non members on match days.

Stragglers 4

Concession Units

There will be a number of concession units available during the match including Outside Edge Refreshemnts (“J”) and the Fish & Chip Bar (“K”).

Somerset Cricket Museum

The Somerset Cricket Museum (marked as “G” on our Ground Map) will be open throughout the match. Entry is free for Members but a small donation is appreciated in order to help fund the upkeep of the museum.


I am disabled, is the Ground Accessible to me?

Yes, our ground is fully accessible for all and we have designated seating areas, parking and facilities. For more information, please click here.

Where can I drink?

There are bars situated in various positions within the ground. They will be serving alcohol and soft drinks throughout the day at the Club’s discretion.

Where can I smoke?

Smoking is only allowed in the designated smoking areas. This policy also applies to the use of electronic smoking devices.

Where can I use my phone?

All mobile devices should be set to silent within the ground and should not be used for making or receiving calls when play is in progress.

Where is the nearest cashpoint?

The nearest cashpoint is in the Morrisons Store on Priory Bridge Road.

Can I bring my Dog into the Ground?

Well behaved dogs which are kept on leads may be brought into the public stands at the Cooper Associates County Ground. Owners must accept full responsibility for looking after their dog(s) and dog fouling is prohibited. Only Guide/ Working Dogs are permitted into buildings or kiosks where food is served.