Taunton Cricket Club
Address: Taunton Vale Sports Club, Gipsy Lane, Staplegrove, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 6LL
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Phone: 01823 252225
Taunton Cricket Club has been at the heart of cricket in the local area for over 175 years.
Early Club records detail a game against Clifton, in May 1884, when a certain W.G. Grace played as a “ringer” for the opposition and amassed a steady 129!
For much of its history, the Club has enjoyed a strong alliance with Somerset CCC, sharing the use of the County Ground for a large part of the 20th Century.
Many County cricketers have donned TCC colours, including the County’s current President, Roy Kerslake, who captained Taunton during a particularly successful period during the early 1970s.
This led on to the inception of league cricket locally in 1973, and, having joined the competition in 1976, the Club proceeded to notch up a hat-trick of Somerset League titles between 1977 and 1979, quickly repeating this feat between 1982 and 1984.
1982 proved to be the Club’s “Annus Mirabilis” as Gerald Trump (father of ex-County pro, Harvey) skippered to side to a unique Treble - winning the League, Baker Cup and Somerset Cup (the two local 20-over competitions). For good measure, the club’s U’15s and U’13s sides also won their respective National Club Competitions!
The late 1990’s saw the introduction of the West of England Premier League structure. Since it’s inception the TCC has picked-up a brace of Bristol & Somerset League crowns and the same number of Prem 2 Championships. For now though, the ultimate triumph of a Prem 1 league title remains elusive!
With 4 men’s senior teams and 2 senior women’s sides TCC offers a friendly yet competitive environment for cricketers of all levels. Our ever-expanding youth section, thriving under the stewardship of Darrel Vickery and his team of experienced coaches, is the ideal place for youngsters of all abilities to learn their trade.
2014 will see all-rounder Jack Cooper take the 1st XI reigns in what will be his tenth summer as a regular in the side. With Somerset starlet Tom Abell and recent addition Johann Myburgh in the ranks there's more than enough talent around for Jack to be able to lead his troops to promotion in his maiden season at the helm.
And the cause will only furthered by the input provided by player coach Chris Greenwood. Below them the seconds continue to flourish under the leadership of Joey Rose, losing out on the B&S 2nd XI title by the narrowest of margins in 2013, despite a pair of crushing victories over the eventual champions.
When the schools have broken up this side would give any 2nd XI in the country a run for their money.Ian Rogers and Melvyn Gale captain the A XI’s. Competing in the Shrubbery Somerset and West Somerset leagues respectively, both sides offer a blend of youth and experience.
For the last decade or so the club has been happy to call Gypsy Lane it’s home. With Taunton Vale Hockey Club and Galmington Netball Club also based in TA2 the whole place is a hive of activity come Saturday afternoon.
In addition to his newfound coaching responsibility, the meticulous Rob Hake has been in charge of the playing surface for the last 5 seasons. With Somerset 2nd XI also sharing the use of the ground, Rob prepares both pitches to a first-class standard during the summer, while the evergreen ‘Dad’s Army’ are relentless in their efforts to make the outfield spotless.