Somerset's early history is chequered by doubts about the team's status. They are now reckoned to have been first-class for four seasons from 1882 to 1885, and then second-class from 1896 to 1890. In 1891, Somerset joined the County Cricket Championship, which began as an official competition in 1890, and have been first-class since then. They have not yet won the County Championship but have finished second six times in the 21st century. They have won seven limited overs tournaments and one Twenty20 Cup.
The club's home base, since 1882, is the County Cricket Ground, Taunton. Among famous Somerset players have been Len Braund, Sammy Woods, Jack White, Harold Gimblett, Bill Alley, Viv Richards, Joel Garner, Ian Botham, Andy Caddick and Marcus Trescothick.