With Membership for the 2017 season going on sale in six days, we are continuing our countdown to Membership Day by looking at our season in numbers.
With just SIX days to go until you can purchase your new Membership we are looking at the number SIX today.
Lets take a look at how the number SIX featured in our 2016 campaign:
On the sixth of September Dom Bess made his Specsavers County Championship debut for Somerset against Warwickshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground. After Somerset had been bowled out for just 95 the 19 year old produced heroics to ensure that Somerset remained in the game. He claimed the wickets of Jonathon Trott and Ian Bell in successive deliveries and went on to claim SIX for 28 in the Warwickshire first innings. He also took two wickets in their second inning to finish with match figures of eight for 59 as Somerset won a dramatic game by 31 runs.
That match against Warwickshire was also eventful for Jack Leach who claimed his best Specsavers County Championship figures of the season in the visitors second innings. The left armer continued his superb season by taking SIX for 42 to finish with match figures of eight for 90. His final wicket of the match sealed a stunning victory for Somerset on day three and put his side in real contention for the title.
Somerset came within a whisker of claiming a first ever Specsavers County Championship title in 2016 after finishing just four points behind Middlesex. During our impressive campaign the team won SIX matches and amassed 226 points.
Our first win in the competition came in nail-biting fashion against Surrey at the Cooper Associates County Ground in May. Somerset still required 31 for victory when the ninth wicket fell in the second innings but Jack Leach and Tim Groenewald steered Somerset to a remarkable victory.
A double hundred from Marcus Trescothick was the highlight of an impressive 10 wicket win at Nottinghamshire whilst our third win of the season came in dramatic fashion against Durham at Taunton. On the third morning the visitors required 46 runs for victory with five wickets in hand. However, in 17 minutes Jack Leach and Roelof van der Merwe took those remaining five wickets in 22 balls for the addition of just SIX runs to seal victory.
We have already discussed the fourth win of the season against Warwickshire whilst our fifth victory came against reigning Champions Yorkshire at Headingley. Somerset made a real statement of intent by defeating the White Rose County by 10 wickets on their own patch. Jack Leach was once again the hero as he claimed SIX for 64. The sixth win of the season again came in fine style with runs and wickets a-plenty. Nottinghamshire were the visitors to the Cooper Associates County Ground and 100′s in both innings for Chris Rogers, a battling century with a fractured ankle from James Hildreth and a five wicket haul for Dom Bess ensured that Somerset won the match comfortably and finished the campaign in fine style.
Club records do not occur particularly regularly but in 2016 Somerset broke a longstanding record twice in the space of just SIX days! On August 26th Craig Overton and Roelof van der Merwe set a new First Class eighth wicket partnership of 217 in Somerset’s draw with Hampshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground. This total eclipsed the previous record of 172 which was set by Ian Botham and Viv Richards against Leicestershire at Grace Road in 1983. However, just SIX days later Peter Trego and Ryan Davies broke this new record when they scored 236 at Lancashire.
2017 was a debut season at Somerset for England Under 19 wicket keeper Ryan Davies. The young glove-man impressed in his first year with the Club and claimed SIX stumpings in the Specsavers County Championship.
Membership goes on sale in SIX days!