The best guests and interviews from BBC Radio Somerset’s Cricket Show. Charlie Taylor brings you extra from the county’s cricket scene every fortnight.
Jos prepares for the Ashes and another year of Josh Davey
Jos Buttler looks ahead to the Ashes as he leaves quarantine, he's been speaking to the BBC. There's also news that Josh Davey has signed a contract extension. Charlie looks into how the racism scandal in cricket involved one player in the Somerset squad, plus there's a look at some new cricket formats aiming to get more people playing the game in the county over winter. Charlie has also been hearing about Maurice Turnbull, the first man to play cricket for England and rugby for Wales. Hear part one of that interview at the end of the podcast.
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Season review 2021
Charlie Taylor looks back on Somerset and Western Storm's seasons, featuring Somerset CEO Gordon Hollins, Sophie Luff and blogger Steve Tancock. Somerset and England spinner Jack Leach joins our Kit Out The Nation campaign and there are chats with TMS legends Jonathan Agnew and Vic Marks.
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T20 Finals Day but defeat to Notts
Somerset go through a mixed week as they confirm another trip to T20 Finals Day but lose heavily to Nottinghamshire in the County Championship. Charlie Taylor finds out more about the games with commentator Anthony Gibson. Sophie Luff looks back on her time in The Hundred as captain of Welsh Fire, as well as reviewing Western Storm's performance in the Charlotte Edwards Cup. Somerset's disability players have been crowned regional champions and there are tributes to a Bridgwater player who has died after a short illness. Plus we bring you an interview with Ian Botham, former Somerset captain, who looks back at the stunning 1981 Ashes series which are now known as "Botham's Ashes".
From Clevedon to Lord's
Charlie Taylor hears the story of the Clevedon cricket player who could reach The Hundred final at Lord's. Jake Lintott was picked as a wildcard for Southern Brave, but now he's taken 10 wickets and is one win away from the final. Also on the show Paul Tweddle reflects on his time as Somerset men's head coach during the One Day Cup and Lydia Greenway looks at how The Hundred has helped women's cricket. There's also a look at future star George Thomas who made his debut for Somerset during the One Day Cup. Plus we hear from Abi Slade about her thoughts on the Somerset season and Somerset disability squad captain Nick Dean gives us an exclusive about the future of disability cricket in the county.
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Battling for survival
Somerset, Western Storm & Welsh Fire player Nicole Harvey tells Charlie Taylor how she nearly died of sepsis last year. She was pregnant and had to have a C-section as well. In January she could barely walk, but now she's taking wickets for the Welsh Fire in the Hundred.
Plus there's an interview with young Somerset bowler Kasey Aldridge who's doing well in the Royal London Cup.
Also on the show Charlie looks at the impact of Climate Change on Somerset's low-lying cricket clubs. He hears from the Somerset Wildlife Trust about the work they're doing, which you can see more about here: https://pathways.adaptingthelevels.com/#adaptation-pathways
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Jack Leach and Ben Green
Charlie Taylor speaks to Somerset spinner Jack Leach after his England call-up to take on India in this summer's Test series. He also hears from Somerset's new 50-over captain Ben Green. Anthony Gibson assesses Somerset's good performances so far in the T20 Blast and Championship. We also hear from the Taunton family which fielded six members in a village cricket game. Plus The Hundred starts this week, our reporter Jo Currie has been speaking to the England captain and Western Storm player, Heather Knight.
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Top work from Charlie Taylor. This is really great podcast for Somerset CCC supporters. Superb stories from the larger cricket community too.