One day until Membership: Our season in numbers part seven

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With Membership for the 2017 season going on sale in ONE day, we are continuing our countdown to Membership Day by looking at our season in numbers.

With just ONE day to go until you can purchase your new Membership we are looking at the number ONE today.

Lets take a look at how the number ONE featured in our 2016 campaign:

There were many memorable and dramatic moments during the 2016 season but surely the two that stand out most were our breathtaking ONE wicket victories over Surrey in the Specsavers County Championship and Gloucestershire in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

After six draws from the opening six games of the 2016 Specsavers County Championship, Somerset recorded victory number ONE of the season when we welcomed Surrey to the Cooper Associates County Ground.

After winning the toss and batting first the visitors made 264 all out as Jack Leach took four for 34 off 19 overs.  In reply Somerset were dismissed for just 102.  Batting for a second time Surrey were bowled out for 138, Jamie Overton claiming four for 18 in 11.1 overs and Leach four for 63 off 31 overs.

Somerset therefore required 301 for victory.  Marcus Trescothick led the way with 56 after which Jim Allenby (56) and Peter Trego (44) added 80 together for the sixth wicket, but when the ninth wicket fell on 270, Somerset still needed 31 runs for victory.  As Somerset supporters held their breath, last man Tim Groenewald joined Leach in the middle and slowly but steadily the pair edged Somerset towards a dramatic victory.  The Cooper Associates County Ground erupted when Groenewald cover-drove the winning runs to give Somerset a breathtaking win by just ONE wicket!  Leach batted for 88 minutes and scored 24 not out from the 73 balls he faced while Groenewald was 18 not out from 39 deliveries.

Our Royal London One-Day Cup campaign began in the best possible way, with a local derby against Gloucestershire on a glorious day in front of a packed Cooper Associates County Ground.

After winning the toss Somerset Captain Jim Allenby put the visitors in and his bowlers struck twice early on to leave Gloucestershire on 51 for two.  Two wickets in two balls, including a stunning run out by Roelof van der Merwe helped Somerset to turn the screw as the visitors slumped to 94 for four.  The Somerset bowlers were on top and only 100 from Chris Dent and 43 from Jack Taylor ensured that Gloucestershire posted a respectable total of 260 all out from their allotted overs.  Van der Merwe was the pick of the Somerset attack, claiming three for 51.  It was an eventful first session for the 31 year old who also claimed three catches.

Somerset slipped to 15 for two but Johann Myburgh and Allenby (29) got Somerset back on track with a partnership of 64.  Myburgh and James Hildreth then put on 87 for the fourth wicket before the former was dismissed for an excellent 81.  Wickets continued to fall and when Alex Barrow was bowled by David Payne Somerset were 198 for nine and staring down the barrel.

However, a dramatic last wicket stand of 65 not out between Jamie Overton and Tim Groenewald saw Somerset over the line by ONE wicket with just three balls to spare as the crowd went mad!

Those were two of the most memorable moments from our 2016 season.

Many more magical moments will be played out at the Cooper Associates County Ground in 2017 and we want you to be there to see them all.

Dare to Dream and catch all the action by getting your 2017 Membership from 10am tomorrow!