Taunton County Ground History and Records

County Ground Taunton

The County Ground Taunton is the home ground of Somerset County Cricket Club. It was established in 1882 and is located between Priory Bridge Road and St James Street, Taunton Somerset, England. Due to sponsorship reasons, the ground is often known as the Cooper Associates County Ground, a cricket ground in Taunton. Somerset played their first-class cricket match against Hampshire County Cricket Club and won by 5 wickets on August 8-10, 1882. The first international team to visit Taunton Somerset Cricket Ground was Australia National Cricket Team during August 1882.

The first match of International cricket was played on this ground when Taunton Cricket Ground hosted a group stage match between host team England and Sri Lanka in the 1983 Cricket World Cup. The County Ground Taunton also hosted 2 group stage matches during the 1999 Cricket World Cup. Taunton Cricket Stadium is also home to the England Women’s Cricket Team since 2006. The ground saw a single Twenty20 International T20I tie between England and South Africa.

Members areas are situated at the River End and number of stands and pavilions including Colin Atkinson Pavilion, Sir Ian Botham Stand, and Marcus Trescothick Stand. The rest of the ground is consists of a scoreboard stand, the Family Stand, St James Street Stand, Old Pavillion, Gimblett Hill, and Somerset Stand. Somerset stand is the largest area of a stand that accommodates over 3000 spectators, after the redevelopment, it contains luxurious retirement apartments overlooking the stadium. Taunton Cricket Ground phase-1 redevelopment completed when the venue hosted the 2009 T20I Cricket World Cup and incorporated capacity increase.

Taunton Cricket Ground History

First TestNo Test debut so far
First ODIEngland v Sri Lanka on June 11, 1983
First T20 & Only T20England v South Africa on June 23, 2017
Other Names Taunton Athletic Ground, Somerset County Cricket Club, Cooper Associates County Ground
Home TeamSomerset County Cricket Club
End NamesSomerset Pavilion End, River End
TenantsEngland women’s cricket team
LocationTaunton, Somerset, England
Capacity12500
Establishment1882
Boundary Dimensions137.16 m x 64 m

Cricket Records at Taunton

Records Test, ODI, and T20
Highest team total
  • ODI; 373/6 India v Sri Lanka on May 26, 1999
  • T20; 174/8 South Africa v England on June 23, 2017
Highest Partnerships
  • ODI; 318-2nd Wicket-Ganguly & Dravid (India) v Sri Lanka on May 26, 1999
  • T20; 110-Jason Roy & Jonny Bairstow (Eng) South Africa on June 23, 2017
Leading Runs Scorer
  • ODI; 183-Sourav Ganguly  v Sri Lanka on May 26, 1999
  • T20; 67-Jason Roy (Eng) v South Africa on June 23, 2017
Individual highest scores
  • ODI; 183-Sourav Ganguly  v Sri Lanka on May 26, 1999
  • T20; 67-Jason Roy (Eng) v South Africa on June 23, 2017
Leading Wicket-Takers
  • ODI; 5/31 Rabindra Singh v Sri Lanka on May 26, 1999
  • T20; 3/33 Thomas Kevin Curran (Eng) v South Africa on June 23, 2017
Best Bowling Innings
  • ODI; 5/31 Rabindra Singh v Sri Lanka on May 26, 1999
  • T20; 3/33 Thomas Kevin Curran (Eng) v South Africa on June 23, 2017

Centuries at Taunton

Sourav Ganguly (India)183 runs off 129 balls v Sri Lanka, May 26, 1999 (CWC 1999)
Rahul Dravid (India)145 runs off 120 balls v Sri Lanka, May 26, 1999 (CWC 1999)
David Gower (Eng)130 runs off 120 balls v Sri Lanka, June 11, 1983 (CWC 1983)