Athletic Ground, County Ground
1882
6500
Yes
River End, Old Pavilion End
Somerset
19:20, Tue Feb 27, 2024 (UTC +0000)
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
 

Records and statistics

England v Sri Lanka - Jun 11, 1983 Scorecard
Bangladesh v West Indies - Jun 17, 2019 Scorecard
ODI records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
England v South Africa - Jun 23, 2017 Scorecard
T20I records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
Records index

Profile

The County Ground, Taunton, is set right within the town of Taunton itself, minutes from the town centre. The most south-westerly of English first-class grounds, it is a ground that retains much character, despite extensive renovations and improvements. For many years the playing area was circled by a greyhound track, removed in the 1970s. The towers of St. Jame's, St. George's and St. Mary's churches rise behind the pavilion, and the Quantock Hills overlook the other end. The main entrance gates are named after JC White, who plied his trade here from 1909 to 1937. The county established itself here in 1882, although the first Championship match was not played here until 1891. The record attendance was in 1948 when 10,000 packed in to see Don Bradman's Australians. The venue also staged one-day internationals during the 1983 and 1999 World Cups.

It has seen many splendid innings, including two quadruple hundreds (a record shared with Melbourne and Karachi), Archie Maclaren's record of 424 being followed 93 years later by Graeme Hick's 405*. Viv Richards made a stunning 322 in a day for the county against Warwickshire in 1985, and Major RM Poore made 304 here during his remarkable season of 1899 (he made 1399 runs in only 12 innings). When conditions are right, however, bowlers can do well, and Tyler (1895), Trott (1900) and Rushby (1921) all took all 10 wickets here. It was on this ground as well, that Jack Hobbs first equalled, then beat the great WG's record of 126 centuries in 1925.

In 2006 Taunton was unveilled as the official home of English women's cricket.
Martin Williamson

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Fixtures

2024
Fri Apr 19 - Mon Apr 22
County Championship Division One
Somerset v Nottinghamshire
Fri May 3 - Mon May 6
County Championship Division One
Somerset v Essex
Fri May 17 - Mon May 20
County Championship Division One
Somerset v Kent
Wed May 22 (20 ovs)
Charlotte Edwards Cup
Western Storm v Central Sparks
Sun May 26 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
ICC Women's Championship
2nd ODI - England Women v Pakistan Women
Fri May 31 (20 ovs)
Charlotte Edwards Cup
Western Storm v Sunrisers
Fri May 31 (20 ovs)          
19:00 local | 18:00 GMT
14:00 EDT | 13:00 CDT | 11:00 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Essex
Sun Jun 9 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Hampshire
Fri Jun 14 (20 ovs)          
19:00 local | 18:00 GMT
14:00 EDT | 13:00 CDT | 11:00 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Kent
Sun Jun 16 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Glamorgan
Sun Jun 30 - Wed Jul 3
County Championship Division One
Somerset v Warwickshire
Sun Jul 7 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Gloucestershire
Fri Jul 12 (20 ovs)          
19:00 local | 18:00 GMT
14:00 EDT | 13:00 CDT | 11:00 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Surrey
Thu Jul 18 (20 ovs)          
19:00 local | 18:00 GMT
14:00 EDT | 13:00 CDT | 11:00 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Somerset v Sussex
Fri Jul 26 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
Group A - Somerset v Kent
Fri Aug 2 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
Group A - Somerset v Lancashire
Sun Aug 4 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
Group A - Somerset v Derbyshire
Fri Aug 9 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
Group A - Somerset v Worcestershire
Thu Aug 29 - Sun Sep 1
County Championship Division One
Somerset v Durham
Mon Sep 9 - Thu Sep 12
County Championship Division One
Somerset v Surrey
Thu Sep 26 - Sun Sep 29
County Championship Division One
Somerset v Hampshire
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Latest Photos

The final women's ODI between England and Australia in progress at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England vs Australia, 3rd ODI, Women's Ashes, Taunton, July 18, 2023
The final women's ODI between England and Australia in progress at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
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The coronation of King Charles III plays on the big screen at a wet Taunton, Somerset vs Nortnants, Taunton, County Championship, 3rd day, May 6, 2023
The coronation of King Charles III plays on the big screen at a wet Taunton
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James Hildreth takes accolades at Taunton after confirming he had played his last Somerset match before retirement, Royal London Cup, Somerset vs Sussex, Taunton, August 19, 2022.
James Hildreth takes accolades at Taunton after confirming he had played his last Somerset match before retirement
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Sonny Baker celebrates a career-best six wickets for Somerset, Somerset v Durham, Royal London Cup, Taunton, August 10, 2022
Sonny Baker celebrates a career-best six wickets for Somerset
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