Henry Blofeld impressed with the Cooper Associates County Ground

One of the most famous voices in cricket was at the Cooper Associates County Ground recently.

Henry Blofeld was the special guest speaker at the Lord’s Taverners Christmas Lunch which was held at Somerset County Cricket Club.

We spoke to him after the event and asked him if he was missing the commentary box after hanging up his microphone after 45 years.

“Not at all!” he said. “I’d been doing it for over 40 years and I loved it but I’m quite relieved to be away from it now because the last thing I would want to do would be in Australia where England are losing. I’ve done that enough! Seriously though it’s quite nice to have a little more free time.”

Despite England going 2-0 down recently, he was impressed by Craig Overton’s performance. “I’ve not seen him play for Somerset but from what I saw on television at the weekend, I think he looks like a very promising cricketer. What I liked about him was his attitude and his batting was splendid. I also thought that he bowled very well and did very well to get Steve Smith out. It will certainly give him something to build on.”

What did Henry think of the Cooper Associates County Ground? “I come down to Taunton quite frequently and the ground is brilliant,” he said. “It’s absolutely marvellous. I have some great memories of the old higgledy piggledy pavilion with its commentary point on the roof by the churches. You had to climb up a ladder and avoid falling down a big hole all the way to the bottom again! I’ve always loved Taunton. It’s always been a wonderful ground and now it’s absolutely splendid. I can think of very few more attractive county grounds in England. I think it’s a lovely ground. If I lived anywhere near Taunton I would watch an awful lot of cricket there!”

Regarding Wednesday’s event Henry said: “The Lord’s Taverners Lunch was marvellous. Stephen Walker and his committee did a great job organising it. They really should take a bow. It was a very good day and I think it went very well. It was lovely to see some old friends, particularly Andy Caddick who was in very good form. I enjoyed it enormously and I think it was a great success.”

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