This article is a summary of 2,595 first-class cricket
matches played by Somerset County Cricket Club
to the end of the 2010 season.
Somerset is generally regarded as a first-class team from 1882 to 1885 and from their entry into the County Championship
The record is complicated by a number of matches that W G Grace
played for Gloucestershire
against Somerset between 1879 and 1885. Wisden
recognise all of these as first-class and they are included in Grace's career figures, which have been his accepted figures since 1916 and are used in the Wikipedia article about Grace. The earlier matches in the series are not regarded as first-class by some statisticians and this article on Somerset CCC matches does not include the matches that are in dispute. For more information about this issue, see Variations in First-Class Cricket Statistics
Some publications also include a match organised by Somerset against Cambridge University at Cambridge in 1892. Somerset only had 10 players and enlisted two additional players (Gregor MacGregor
and Norman Cooper
) in what became a 12-a-side match (although only 11 players fielded). The match was retitled Cambridge University v H.T. Hewett
's XII, Hewett being the captain of the visiting side. The match was won by Hewett's team.
The 23 inter-county matches played between 1882 and 1885 were before the County Championship
started. All inter-county contests since 1891 have been in the Championship... Read More