Somerset Women make it Two from Two
Somerset Women made it two wins out of two by when they beat a previously unbeaten Devon side at Taunton Vale on Bank Holiday Monday.
Devon won the toss and put Somerset into bat. Devon made an early breakthrough dismissing Gwenan Davies for just four. England Academy player Sophie Luff joined South African international Lizzelle Lee at the crease and the pair put on 153 in just 25 overs.
Lee was the main aggressor in the partnership scoring 111 runs off just 60 balls, including 22 fours. She eventually fell with the score on 173 but the platform was set for Somerset to have a real go at the last 20 overs.
Anya Shrubsole joined Luff at the crease and the pair remained unbeaten until the end. Luff scored a superbly crafted 109 off 132 balls, her maiden century for Somerset. Shrubsole was a more than adequate partner to Luff, scoring 63 off 57 balls which enabled the pair to put on a second century partnership of the innings.
The final score of 312-2 from 50 overs was Somerset’s highest score since electronic records began.
The Devon reply started in the worst possible way when England international Anya Shrubsole picked up a wicket with the 5th ball of the innings to leave Devon 1-1.
England’s Jodie Dibble and England Academy player Cait O’Keefe batted well to keep Devon in the hunt with a 95 run partnership but when Dibble fell for 54 to Jackie Hawker the Devon innings started to unravel.
Bertrand, Mackenzie and Butcher scored 20s and 30s which was not enough and Devon were bowled out for 195. The wickets were shared around the Somerset bowlers with Anya Shrubsole (3), Lizzelle Lee (3) and Jackie Hawker (2) taking the majority.
The 117 run victory gave Somerset maximum points for the two games they have played so far and only Staffordshire sit above Somerset in the table having played a game more.