We are very excited that this summer the Cricket World Cup 2019 is being held here in the UK. The games will be taking place in many counties, including in our county, Somerset! Did you know that Somerset was once home – and still is – to some very famous cricketers? Discover everything you need to know about the Cricket World Cup in Taunton and education yourself on some of the top players who are from the local area!
If you are looking for accommodation in Somerset to stay in whilst you enjoy the Cricket World Cup, Lakeview Holiday Cottages are a 10-minute car journey away from the matches in Taunton. We offer self-catering accommodation in Somerset nestled in-between 12 acres of lake and tranquil countryside.
4 Famous Cricketers from Somerset
- James Hildreth
James Hildreth made his debut for Somerset in 2003. Hildreth was regarded as “an extraordinary talent” by Somerset’s captain, Justin Langer. This right-handed batsman scored over 15,000 runs in 234 games by the age of 33.
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- Jack White
Jack White was the captain of Somerset Cricket Club between 1927 – 1931. He is remembered as Somerset’s highest wicket-taker. He played in 15 Test matches and captained England in 4 of them. White went on to be the president of Somerset Cricket Club before he died in 1961.
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- Marcus Trescothick
Marcus Trescothick is a former international cricketer at Somerset County Cricket Club. Making his debut in 1993, he soon became a regular member of the club. During his career, he represented England in 123 One Day Internationals and 76 Test matches. He continues to play for Somerset and works as a Sky Sports commentator.
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- Sammy Woods
Sammy was born in Sydney, Australia in 1867. Sent to England to get a better education, he began to excel in sport at college. He eventually moved to Somerset where he first played in 1886. Woods had a long career with Somerset, playing over 299 championship matches.
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The County Ground in Taunton will be hosting three of the matches as follows:
- Afghanistan v New Zealand, Saturday, June 8th
- Pakistan v Australia, Wednesday, June 12th
- West Indies v Bangladesh, Monday, June 17th
We’re thrilled that three ICC Cricket World Cup Matches are being held so close by. It’s exciting to see preparation starting already, with floodlight pylons beginning to take to the Taunton skyline.