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Somerset remember 1979 Cup Match heroes

A team for the ages: the 1979 squad that ended a 20-year spell in the wilderness

The heroes of Somerset Cricket Club’s victorious 1979 Cup Match squad will be honoured at a special social gathering commemorating the 40th anniversary of their famous achievement.

Somerset beat St George’s by 141 runs in Somerset to end 20 years without a win in the annual midsummer classic.

Set a target of 214 after Somerset had declared for the second time in the match, St George’s were skittled for 73.

The event marking the 40th anniversary of Somerset’s famous triumph will be held on July 11 at the Henry VIII Restaurant, Sushi Bar & Pub, beginning at 7.30pm.

“It’s only fitting that we honour the 1979 team led by Randy Horton who were successful in reclaiming the cup after 20 years,” Vashun Blanchette, the Somerset president, said.

“I think that’s a memory that lives long with persons around during that time period.”

Somerset’s 1979 Cup Match team boasted eight Bermuda players fresh from competing at the ICC Trophy in England, including fast bowler Winston “Coe” Trott, who claimed five for 25 in the second innings to lead the charge.

“Winning the cup in 1979 after 20 years was one of the proudest moments of my Cup Match career,” Trott said.

“Just making Cup Match was important because I spent a lot of time in Somerset with family members as a kid, so when I got a chance to play it was just as special for my family as it was for me.”

Terry Fray, whose son, Terryn, is a member of Somerset’s present Cup Match squad, was a reserve for the challengers in 1979 and went on to play for St George’s after switching allegiances.

All but one of Somerset’s victorious 1979 Cup Match team are living, as opening batsman Gladstone “Sad” Brown passed away in January after a bout with illness.

“With the exception of Gladstone ‘Sad’ Brown, it’s appropriate that we are able to honour those that participated in 1979, which was a very historic win,” Blanchette added.

Somerset 1979 Cup Match team: Randy Horton (captain), El James, Robert Hinds, Quinton Sherlock, Joe Bailey, Gladstone Brown, Winston Reid, Barry DeCouto (wicketkeeper), Winston Trott. Colin Blades, John Tucker. Reserves: Ricky Hill, Terry Fray.