The County Ground, known for sponsorship reasons as Cooper Associates County Ground, and nicknamed Ciderabad, 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 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 (men's) international cricket in 2017, with a Twenty20 International (T20I) tie between England and South Africa.
Derek Hardy | Jun 19, 2018
Principally the base of Somerset Cricket Club and all that it involves on match days. But the Stragglers restaurant is open for the public most days between 10am and 4.30pm for breakfast and lunch, also lighter snacks and drinks. Prices are reasonable and the quality good, and with a small discount for Club members on non-match days. Carvery lunches are available in another larger building most Sundays, preferably by booking. During matches other food outlets are also available.
Louis Best | May 29, 2018
Great day out watching Somerset vs Middlesex. Topped off my winning the game. Weather was fantastic and great beer. Thoroughly enjoyed my experience
Kevin Gibbs | Apr 22, 2018
I was an attendee at a conference held in the ground. The facilities were very good, large seating area, repeater projection screens if you have a large conference. The lunchtime buffet was very good with a wide choice. The view of the ground was excellent, although it was tempting to watch the practice going on outside as opposed to my conference!
Jonathan Withey | May 24, 2018
One of my favourite grounds. Small enough to be intimate and always a great day out especially if the sun is shining and Somerset win :)
Edward Mickleburgh | Jun 24, 2018
A good day out watching cricket. The facilities at the ground are first class.
Jake Abbott | Aug 13, 2018
Incredible ground with beautiful views of the surrounding suburban areas and the local church. Could do with more bars that offer different types of beer but other than that, this place is a great venue to watch the beautiful game of cricket.
Barry Alexander | Jul 29, 2018
Came here for a work event. Great conferencing facilities and excellent catering provided by friendly staff. Great views of an iconic cricket ground, would love to come here for a match day
Ciaran Brooks | Jul 13, 2018
Good view from the seats, short boundaries so you should see a high scoring game. Drinks aren't cheap as you'd expect, £4 a can. Food options are limited; perhaps the Pieminister stand being the best option at £6 for a decent quality pie, mash and gravy. Overall a decent matchday experience.
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