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PHEW!! The end of 2017 was 'interesting'
OK so it seems we have still got a First Division four day pedigree that keeps us out in front of everyone else (at least in terms of time served in CC1) but it was a close call and it is still not 100% certain in the eyes of some (me included). But isn't that always the way for all Somerset supporters? The fat lady seems to be a little tardy in singing when it relates to us. If the situation does not change then massive comisserations to our SN friends in Middlesex and especially those at MTWD. I am constantly amazed at the good humour and courtesy many cricket website users show to each other in times of high competition. Many of the posters from MTWD posted some high quality stuff about their situation and ours over the last few days and it has been greatly appreciated by many. We are happy we got the result we needed but are, in the main, heartedly sorry it was at your expense and hope you bounce back in one season to the top level.
Somerset v Lancs Part Deux
A good performance which has to be split in two for our mobile viewers because of the number of posts. Cold but dry morning at Taunton and Jack Leach is already on at 11:30 to discuss the Lankies ability to play spin on this Third morning. Tanks to Bagpuss for starting the second thread and thanks once again to Farmer White for the front page description of the second day.
Somerset v Lancs CC1 - The Farmer speaks....
Well here we go people. In 2011 this game was the last one of the season and Lancs clinched the title. We have two sessions to go after this before the end and there is quite a lot to play for with four sides fighting to keep CC1 status. Well that is not entirtely true because Warwickshire seemed pretty resigned to their fate last week as we shoved them aside. So it's Middlesex, Yorkshire and us..... have we been here before? Seems so but the scenario last season was a little different. Instead of waiting for Yorks and Middlesex to finish to see if we were champpions, we may be waiting at the end of the Middlesex game at Taunton to see if we are a CC2 side next season. Anyway I am passing this over to Farmer White for the rest of the frontpage - Thank you sir. I'll comment if I'm here but the doctor's orders arre 'get moving about on it' but 'don't bump into anything'.
So here's a bit of Clarity
So at the start of the important Warwickshire CC1 match at Edgbaston we get some idea from the club about those who will be trading elsewhere next year. Not too many surprises in this first Press Statement though I personally find the Ryan announcement a bittersweet one. In for development and then on his way because the doors have closed a little within the club. So.... views and other expectations?
Glamorgan plus one T20
A vague Southern group and a set of vague Somerset performances in terms of consistency create a 'must win' atmosphere at Taunton today. Glamorgan have a more certain future than we do but it seems two wins will put us through to the knock out stage.
'Surrey Week' T20 onto CC1
After the T20 yesterday we return to Championship after 56 days of 'summer' today. Deep grey clouds and rain possible. Old hands return after self imposed exiles because of the short form stuff and some of our Boys get back into their seasons. This is a BIG game.
"Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Wet weather cuts the Sunday game down to 16 overs and a 4o'clock start. Somerset will field first. Anderson is playing
Last Women's cricket - S.Africa v Oz and Glammy later
The last women's international before we get our home back from the ICC 'you can't come in without a ticket/credentials' crew. Not a lot to play for in terms of qualifying (and not facing Australia in the next round). The Saffers have never beaten the Aussie women though so there's that. Later we rock up to the 'Big Empty' that is the SWALEC for a Blast match without Corey Anderson (not playing at Uxbridge either) but where Tom Banton may make his first appearance.
A little more women's cricket in my life NZ v West Indies
Not quite heaving at Taunton today but as it is close to the end of the summer term there are a lot of primary school trips in for this one. They may not be here long because the Windies women have made Somerset's under-achievement with the bat look like 'Slogfest Central'. Bowled out for 48 by South Africa on Sunday they were 15 for 2 by 10:45 before a lot of the kids had sat down. Could be a short one.
A little bit of women's cricket in my life. England v SL
Two years ago it was a little more hand to mouth with the press sent to the Ondaatje Pavilion and a game in front of school kids. Now it is a professionally organised competition with professional players in what feeels like an international tournament. The sun is out today and the crowd is very decent with 2000 plus here to see a must win game for England if they don't want complexities in qualification.
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