James Hildreth and Nick Compton are celebrating making Somerset cricket history in the drawn pre-season game with Cardiff MCCU at Taunton Vale.
The pair added 450 for the second wicket in a second innings total of 642 for 3, a Somerset record for any wicket, beating the previous best of 346 set by H.T.Hewett and L.C.H.Palairet against Yorkshire at Taunton back in 1892.
Hildreth, who was captaining Somerset in the absence of Marcus Trescothick, hit 268 off 305 balls, with 35 fours, while Compton scored 236, facing 357 deliveries and hitting 20 fours and two sixes.
Together they took the total from 121 for 1 when Arul Suppiah was dismissed to 571 for 2 when Compton was caught by Tom Friend off the bowling of Andrew Salter, who also claimed the wicket of Hildreth with the score on 578.
Facing a deficit of 300 on first innings, the students plunged to 84 for 5 in their second innings before holding out for a draw at 126 for 5.
Meanwhile, Chris Taylor has been talking about his switch from arch-rivals Gloucestershire to Somerset as fielding coach.
The experienced batsman has exchanged Bristol for Taunton after agreeing a settlement with his former club following a dispute over a new contract.
Somerset were quick to offer Taylor employment in the role he has filled for the England and Wales Cricket Board for the last five winters.
Taylor said: “Over the past few years fielding has been highlighted and people are talking about just how important it is. I think it is a hugely positive statement that Somerset have made, not only to recognise that it is important, but to do something about it and appoint a specialist coach.
“There is an impressive set up at Somerset and I am delighted to be part of it. I have seen things from the other side of the fence over the last few seasons because Taunton has been an intimidating place to visit. I am hugely excited about being involved with Somerset.”