Who is Gareth Townsend?
Gareth Terence John Townsend played first-class and List A cricket for Somerset from 1990 to 1992. He later played List A cricket for Devon, Surrey and the Minor Counties. He was born at Tiverton, Devon.
Townsend was a right-handed opening batsman. He made an impressive second eleven debut for Somerset as a 19-year-old in 1987, scoring 81 and 115 not out in the match against Hampshire 2nds. He continued to score well in second eleven matches and made his first-class debut in a couple of games in the 1990 season. He was not successful in these, but in a 55-over one-day match against the Sri Lankans he scored 77, which was to remain his highest List A score. He played a few further first-class and List A matches for Somerset in 1991 and in the first-class game against the 1991 Sri Lankans he made 53, his highest first-class score and shared a first-wicket partnership of 158 with Jimmy Cook. In 1992, he was given a greater chance in the Somerset first-team, playing in seven first-class games, but though he made useful runs he failed to reach 50 in any innings and at the end of the 1992 season his engagement with Somerset came to an end.
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