The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

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The County Ground is a cricket ground in Taunton, Somerset. It is the home of Somerset County Cricket Club, who have played there since 1882. The ground, which is located between Priory Bridge Road and St James Street, has a capacity of 8,500. The ground was originally built as part of a sports centre by Taunton Athletic Club in 1881, and became the home of the previously nomadic Somerset County Cricket Club soon after. Having leased the ground for ten years, the club bought the ground in 1896, under the guidance of club secretary Henry Murray-Anderdon. The ground ends are the River End to the north and the Somerset Pavilion End to the south.Somerset played their first match of first-class cricket on the ground over 8–10 August 1882, beating Hampshire County Cricket Club by five wickets. Later in the same month, the touring Australia national cricket team played a match against Somerset, becoming the first international side to play at the ground. The first international cricket to be played on the ground was in the 1983 Cricket World Cup, for a group-stage match between England and Sri Lanka. The ground also hosted two group-stage matches during the 1999 Cricket World Cup and will also be a venue for the tournament in 2019. Since 1997, women's international cricket has been played at the ground, and in 2006 it became the home of the England women's cricket team. The ground saw international cricket in 2017, with a Twenty20 International tie between England and South Africa.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Love watching the cricket here. Staff are all friendly and it is very welcoming. I do feel the food stalls are overpriced. Good idea to take your own picnic  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Two wonderful days watching County cricket at Taunton. Great views of the play from all parts of this idyllic ground.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    we went there to watch Somerset play Sussex on a Sunday bit wet but great fun as a Fathers day present good crowed did not know you were charged £1 on top of the prices of the beer for the strong plas...  more »
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  • September 17, 2017
    Nice ground, good facilities now the new stand is open, one building left to renovate, this will bring the cricket ground up-to date. Public parking is limited, members car park is bigger. Small kiosks for non member around the grounds for food and drinks, with a good size cafe/restaurant in the new stand.
  • August 13, 2017
    Great atmosphere for T20 matches. Smaller ground than the test grounds so lots of big hitting. Very well stewardship. Beer reasonably priced. Close to the action.
  • August 26, 2017
    A nice ground with plenty of food and drinks stalls. Right in town and close to several car parks.
  • August 19, 2017
    Watched my first T20 match against Glamorgan result not what we wanted but thoroughly entertaining
  • August 17, 2017
    Really great cricket ground made even better watching Glamorgan beat Somerset in the 20:20 last weekend 😄

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