SATURDAY 6th MAY – 7.30 AM
Things that will surely happen today. Not necessarily in order of importance:
- The coronation of King Charles III
- The completion of Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s maiden century for Somerset.
Huge crowds have been gathering over night with thousands of people now lining the streets of Taunton all hoping for a glimpse of TKC as he arrives at the CACG this morning. The 28 year old who has spent the last decade waiting to begin the job for which he was born is expected at the ground sometime before 10am and will later don the ‘Pads of Tibial Protection’ and take up the ‘Bat of Abundant Power’ before being crowned with the ‘Helmet of the Glorious County of Somerset’
The inclement weather has not dampened the spirits of those eager to be a part of what will be a truly historic day. One ardent Somerset supporter who had driven his tractor all the way from Nempnett Thrubwell spoke of the relaxed atmosphere amongst those who had spent the night together on Priory Bridge Road. ‘Today is a day to put our differences aside’, he said clutching a pint of Thatchers Haze. ‘We’ve seen Wyvernists and Dragonists laughing together – no longer arguing over the correct nomenclature of Somerset’s world famous and much loved mascot Stumpy. Today’, he concluded, ‘is all about the cricket’.
Of course there have been some who have expressed concern over the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ that is set to be a part of todays proceedings. A small minority of those who watch Somerset seem reluctant to commit to the team when results don’t go as intended but it is expected that the vast majority of fans will willingly affirm their undying loyalty, not just to Kohler-Canmore, but to any who have the honour of wearing the shirt emblazoned with that four-legged and two-winged maroon coloured mythical beast.
It’s sure to be a memorable day.
SATURDAY 6TH MAY – 2.01 PM
one minute after a ‘reign’ delayed start of play.
TKC hits his first ball of the day for 6 and completes a brilliant first century for Somerset. No doubt the first of many!
SATURDAY 6TH MAY – 6.30 PM
at close of play
I first watched Somerset back in 1977, in a game against Northants played at Clarence Park in Weston-super-Mare. I remember David Steele fielding just in front of where I was sitting and Brian Rose making his way to 205, a score that turned out to be his highest in first class cricket.
Today I took my grandson to his first cricket game, also against Northants. At 18 months old he is somewhat younger than I was and it’s possible that he was more interested in where Brian the club cat lives than watching England stars of the calibre of Jack Leach and Craig Overton. Furthermore, despite my going to some trouble to explain to him the details of how you can be given out LBW, his favourite bit of the evening session that we attended may have been the opportunity he was afforded to splash in the puddles he found in the family stand.
Even so, if he is asked in years to come whether he remembers Coronation Day, I hope he’ll reply ‘Ah yes, that was the day I first watched Somerset’
Other cricket blogs:
To read ‘A Tale of Two Tons’, click here
To read ‘A Somerset Cricket Players Emporium’, click here
To read ‘A Cricket Taunt’, click here
To read ‘Scooby Doo and the Mystery of the Deseted Cricket Ground’, click here
To read ‘Brian and Stumpy visit The Repair Shop’, click here
To read ‘A Cricketing Christmas Carol’, click here
To read ‘At Season’s End’, click here
To read ‘On passing a village cricket club at dusk one late November afternoon’ click here
To read ‘Cricket – through thick and thin’, click here
To read ‘A Song for Brian’, click here
To read ‘I’ve got a little CRICKET list’, click here
To read ‘My love is not a red, red rose , click here
To read ‘Stumpy – a legend reborn’, click here
To read ‘A Cricket Tea Kind of a Day’, click here
To read ‘A Day at the Cricket’, click here
To read ‘The Great Cricket Sell Off’, click here
To read ‘How the Grinch stole from county cricket…or at least tried to’. click here
To read ‘How Covid-19 stole the the cricket season’, click here
To read ‘Life in the slow lane’, click here
To read ‘Frodo and the Format of Power’, click here
To read ‘If Only’, click here
To read ‘Eve of the RLODC limericks’ click here
To read ‘It’s coming home…’, click here
To read ‘A Song for Ben Green’, click here
To read ‘Enough Said…’, the last section of which is cricket related, click here
A Jack Leach Trilogy:
To read ‘For when we can’t see why’, click here
To read ‘WWJD – What would Jack Do?’, click here
To read ‘On Playing a Blinder’, click here
To read ‘Coping with Disappointment’, click here
And now a couple of cricket blogs with a theological flavour
To read ‘Somerset CCC – Good for the soul’, click here
To read ‘Longing for the pavilion whilst enjoying a good innings’, click here
And finally some related posts that are not to do with cricket:
To read ‘General Practice – still a sweet sorrow’, click here
To read ‘Professor Ian Aird’ – A Time to Die?’, click here
To read ‘I’ll miss this when we’re gone’, click here
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