Know your 2019 World Cup venue: Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

The ground has seen many splendid innings, including the 318-run partnership between Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid against Sri Lanka in the 1999 World Cup.

The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton has seen many splendid innings, including the 318-run partnership between Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid against Sri Lanka in the 1999 World Cup.   -  REUTERS

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be held in England and Wales from May 30, 2019 to July 14, 2019.

The first round of the tournament will see 10 teams — England (hosts), Australia, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and West Indies — play against each other. The top four teams will progress to the semifinals.

The Cooper Associates County Ground in Somerset will host the following matches: (All times in IST)

June 8 (Saturday): Afghanistan vs New Zealand - Taunton - 6 p.m.

June 12 (Wednesday): Australia vs Pakistan - Taunton - 3 p.m.

June 17 (Monday): West Indies vs Bangladesh - Taunton - 3 p.m.

 

Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

The official home of English women’s cricket, the Cooper Associates County Ground was established in 1882, and the 6,500-capacity stadium hosted ODIs during the 1983 and 1999 World Cups.

It has seen many splendid innings, including the 318-run partnership between Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid against Sri Lanka in the 1999 World Cup, which was the highest in any limited-overs international at the time. Dravid hammered 17 boundaries and one six in his 129-ball 145, while Ganguly, riding on 17 fours and seven sixes, racked up the man of the match award for his 183 off 158 balls.

Trivia From Somerset

The Glastonbury Festival, the largest performing arts festival in the world, takes place in Pilton, Somerset.   -  getty images

 

– The West Somerset Railway is the longest preserved steam railway in the country.

– Taunton was the first town in England to be lit permanently by electric street lighting in 1881. This was 12 months before the Electric Lighting Act of 1882 that enforced the switch from oil lamps to electric across the UK.

– The Glastonbury Festival, the largest performing arts festival in the world, takes place in Pilton, Somerset. It was launched by a dairy farmer, Michael Eavis, in 1970.

– Somerset is the county of cider, with 400 different varieties of cider apples grown there.

– The only time in first-class cricket, anywhere in the world, that a bowler did not concede a single run in his allotted overs happened in Yeovil. Brian Langford completed his eight overs for no runs whilst playing for Somerset against Essex in the Player’s County League at Johnson Park in 1969.

– Ten-pin bowling was a modification of Somerset skittles, a game that was played on lawns with nine wooden pins.

– Cheddar Gorge is the site of the discovery of Cheddar Man, the oldest complete skeleton found in this country, who lived approximately 9,000 years ago.

– Thomas Coryate, the travel writer who introduced the parasol and the table fork to England, was born at Odcombe in 1577.