With Membership for the 2017 season going on sale in five days, we are continuing our countdown to Membership Day by looking at our season in numbers.
With just FIVE days to go until you can purchase your new Membership we are looking at the number FIVE today.
Lets take a look at how the number FIVE featured in our 2016 campaign:
Jack Leach had a year to remember in 2016. The 25 year old took an impressive 65 wickets in the Specsavers County Championship this year at an average of 21.88. He also claimed FIVE 5-wicket hauls.
The first of these came at Lord’s where he claimed FIVE for 77 in Somerset’s draw with Middlesex in May. His next came at the Cooper Associates County Ground in August as his FIVE for 69 helped bowl Durham out for 189 in their first innings. His six for 108 helped his side claim a draw at Hampshire whilst his season best figures of six for 42 came in the dramatic home win over Warwickshire. His fifth was claimed in Somerset’s comprehensive 10-wicket win at Yorkshire with his six for 64 being one of many highlights in that match for the Club.
2016 was also yet another year to remember for opening batsman Marcus Trescothick. The former England man wracked up another FIVE First Class hundreds for Somerset and in doing so equalled Harold Gimblett’s record for the most centuries for the County.
Marcus showed an early sign of what was to come from him this year when he made 127 in the draw at Surrey in April in the Specsavers County Championship. He followed that up with 129 in the draw against Lancashire in the very next match at the Cooper Associates County Ground. His third hundred was scored against Pakistan in the Tourist Match at Taunton in July when his 106 in the second innings denied the visitors victory. His fourth century of the season, the 48th of his career, came against Middlesex and took him to second on the all time list as he moved above Viv Richards. His fifth century drew him level with Harold Gimblett and came against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge as his stunning knock of 218 helped Somerset to a 10-wicket win.
One-Day Captain Jim Allenby once again excelled in the shorter format of the game this year and in the Royal London One-Day Cup he scored 423 runs at an average of 42.30 and helped himself to no fewer than FIVE 50′s.
His first half century came in the eight-wicket (D/L) win over Surrey at the Kia Oval when he scored 71 and shared a 155 run opening stand with Johann Myburgh. He then made 68 from just 52 balls in the draw against Essex. His 53 against Glamorgan at the Cooper Associates County Ground helped Somerset to a 33 run (D/L) win in July and he then followed that up with 69 in the FIVE run win at Hampshire, during which he shared an opening partnership of 108 with Mahela Jayawardene. His fifth half century was also his highest score in the competition and came against Worcestershire in the quarter-final. Once again he shared a century partnership with Mahela as the two batsmen eased Somerset towards victory with an opening stand of 188.
Our 39 run win over Durham at the Cooper Associates County Ground in August was one of the major highlights of the season. Chasing 176 for victory, Durham started day three on 130 for FIVE, needing just 46 for victory with FIVE wickets remaining. However, on a quite remarkable morning just 22 balls were needed as Jack Leach and Roelof van der Merwe ensured that the FIVE wickets fell for just six runs to give Somerset a remarkable win.
Membership goes on sale in FIVE days!
2016 Members will receive their Membership renewal packs through the post during the week commencing November 14th.