With Membership for the 2017 season going on sale in FOUR days, we are continuing our countdown to Membership Day by looking at our season in numbers.
With just FOUR days to go until you can purchase your new Membership we are looking at the number FOUR today.
Lets take a look at how the number FOUR featured in our 2016 campaign:
It was another bumper season for two of Somerset’s most prolific batsmen as both Marcus Trescothick and James Hildreth scored FOUR centuries during the 2016 Specsavers County Championship campaign.
Yesterday we looked back at the 100′s scored by Marcus against Surrey, Lancashire, Middlesex and Nottinghamshire (plus the 106 he scored against Pakistan) so lets now see how James amassed his runs. During the season James scored 1012 runs in the Championship at an average of 48.19. Included in that total were FOUR centuries, the first of which was 130 in the draw against Lancashire at the Cooper Associates County Ground at the beginning of May. His next big score came later that month when his 166 wasn’t quite enough to secure Somerset a win in the home match against Yorkshire. His third century came in June when he made 152 in the draw at Hampshire. His fourth hundred of the season was surely the most impressive of his career. In the final match of the season against Nottinghamshire, James was struck on the ankle by a full delivery when on seven. Clearly in pain he battled on with a runner and made a stunning 135. X-rays later revealed that he had suffered an ankle fracture when he was struck.
It wasn’t just the batsmen that excelled in the Specsavers County Championship in 2016. During the season no fewer than FOUR bowlers claimed five wicket hauls. Jack Leach was the pick of the Somerset bowlers this season and we took a look at his five 5-wicket hauls against Middlesex, Durham, Hampshire, Warwickshire and Yorkshire yesterday. Tim Groenewald claimed two five-fors during 2016. The first was in the draw at Surrey when he claimed five for 94. His second (five for 90) came in the narrow defeat to Middlesex at the Cooper associates County Ground in July.
Dom Bess burst on the Specsavers County Championship scene this year by taking a stunning six for 28 as Somerset bowled Warwickshire out for just 123 in their first innings of Somerset’s 31 run win at the Cooper Associates County Ground in September. He quickly followed that up by claiming five for 43 in the win against Nottinghamshire later that month. Jamie Overton also got his name on the Honours Board in 2016 courtesy of an impressive bowling display in the draw at Hampshire. An outstanding spell saw him take five for 42.
A monumental battle for the Specsavers County Championship title saw Somerset finish an agonising FOUR points behind Middlesex in the Division One title race. Going in to the very last day of the final match of the season the title was still up for grabs. Somerset had done their part by comprehensively beating Nottinghamshire in just three days, so all attention turned to events at Lord’s where Middlesex and Yorkshire, the other two Championship contenders, were battling it out. At the Cooper Associates County Ground the Somerset players watched the action unfold in the 1875 Club whilst there was standing room only in the County Room and Stragglers Coffee House as hundreds of Somerset fans packed the ground in the hope of seeing their side become champions. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t to be as Middlesex just pipped Somerset to first place but no one connected to Somerset County Cricket Club will ever forget the 2016 season or the emotion of that day.
2016 saw a number of players make their first appearances for the County. For the Tourist Match against Pakistan in July, Director of Cricket Matt Maynard announced that FOUR players would be making their First Class debuts for Somerset. Adam Hose, Dom Bess, Paul van Meekeren and Tim Rouse all took to the field for the first time in First Class matches for the County against the Tourists.
Another FOUR players made their NatWest T20 Blast debuts for the Club in the match at the Ageas Bowl in July. Tom Abell, Ben Green, Dom Bess and Ollie Sale all gained valuable experience of playing the shortest form of the game at the highest level in that match.
Lewis Gregory was one of Somerset’s most consistent performers in the Club’s run to the semi-final of the Royal London One-Day Cup and on June 12th he claimed his best ever figures in List A cricket in the draw against Essex. Lewis finished with impressive figures of FOUR for 23 from six overs. In total he claimed 17 wickets in the competition at an average of 22.12.
Membership goes on sale in FOUR days!
2016 Members will receive their Membership renewal packs through the post during the week commencing November 14th.