THE excitement will return to Somerset's delayed cricket season with the launch of the inaugural Brice-Nelson Cup.

The contest will see four senior sides and youth teams from Taunton Deane Cricket Club face off against their counterparts from Taunton St Andrews CC in a series of matches this saturday.

The fixtures are being held in memory of Colin Brice and Gordon Nelson.

The pair are the late fathers of Taunton St Andrew's president Richard Brice and chairman of TDCC Steve Nelson.

Both Colin and Gordon were early members of Taunton Deane CC and openening batsmen for the 1st XI.

The Brice-Nelson trophy and match balls have kindly been donated by Somerset County Sports.

Tomorrow, before the main event, Under 13s games will be played at TDCC, the Wyvern Club and Blagdon Hill CC from 6pm on Friday (July 17).

On Saturday, the 1st XI games will be held at TDCC from 1pm.

The 2nd XI sides will start at the same time at The Wyvern Club.

Meanwhile, Blagdon Hill CC will host the two third teams.

Then, starting at 1.30pm, the two teams' 4th XIs will go head to head at Bishop Fox's School.

The commemoration of the Brice-Nelson Cup will be made at Taunton Deane Cricket Club from approximately 7.30pm.

Members, friends, families and supporters of both clubs are invited to celebrate the memory of both men, with the bar and clubhouse open for entertainment from 6pm onwards.

On Sunday (July 19), the Under 15s will clash from 10am.

Deane Diamonds U19s will play Taunton St Andrews U19s at TDCC from 2pm

The cup will finally be awarded at around 6.30pm.

A spokesman for TDCC said: "Guidelines for players, officials and spectators will be shown around the ground.

"Please take time to read and observe these measures so we can all enjoy the return of cricket safely.

"The bar and clubhouse will be open from 1pm onwards and the usual social distancing protocols and government guidelines will apply.

"Members and guests using the bar will also be asked to sign in and leave contact details to comply with track and trace guidance."