Somerset County Cricket Club blue plaque in Sidmouth

Fortfield and cricket pavilion Field named after gun emplacement overlooking sea: demolished after Napoleonic Wars. A regiment of troops was garrisoned on the Field early in the War. Cricket first played here in 1823 and first "Cricket House" erected in 1827. A meeting in the Pavilion following a match between the Gentlemen of Devon and the Gentlemen of Somerset in August 1875 resulted in the formation of Somerset County Cricket Club. Present Pavilion dates from 1880's.

Somerset County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Somerset. The club's limited overs team was formerly the Somerset Sabres, but is now known as just Somerset.The county club was founded in 1875, and was granted first-class status in 1882, and then again in 1891, having lost it for five years between. Somerset have never won the County Championship, in which they have competed since 1891, the county's highest finish being second, which was achieved in 2001, 2010 and 2012. The club won their first silverware in the late 1970s, winning both the Gillette Cup and John Player League in 1979. In the years since, Somerset have experienced some success in one-day cricket, winning the Gillette Cup on two further occasions, the Benson & Hedges Cup twice and the John Player League once more. Since the introduction of Twenty20 cricket in 2003, the club have reached the final of the Twenty20 cup competition on four occasions, winning the competition in 2005.The club has its headquarters at the County Ground, Taunton, where it plays the majority of its games. Somerset also play one-day cricket at the Recreation Ground, Bath. Former grounds include Yeovil, Weston-super-Mare, Frome, Glastonbury, Wells and the Imperial Tobacco Ground in south Bristol.

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