Defeat for Somerset Women
Somerset Women’s latest game, against Hampshire at King’s Bruton School at the weekend, saw a low scoring contest with only three players on either side really coming to terms with some world class seam bowling on display.
Sophie Luff won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a good pitch. Georgina Adcock and newly promoted Emma Godman dealt well with the initial spell, putting on 21, but once England’s Katie George settled into her rhythm, batting became trickier.
Godman’s fall to a ball that seamed across her brought Luff to the crease and, after Anya Shrubsole looked disappointed to be given lbw on the front foot, she was desperate for someone to stay with her to build a partnership.
After George (four for 13) had blasted away most of the top order, Luff remained unbeaten on 26 while wickets tumbled around her to Fritha Morris (four for 12). Admittedly, with hindsight, several of the batters will rue their shot selection, but Hampshire’s bowling remained very straight and their catching stayed sure. Somerset finished on 64 in 22 overs.
Early breakthroughs were the order of the day and Shrubsole did not disappoint. Moving the ball at good pace and showing why she’s such an important part of England’s attack, she helped reduce Hampshire to 17 for five in quick time. Despite numerous appeals, the other bowlers continued to back her up without much reward.
However, Hampshire had other ideas and with New Zealand’s Suzie Bates and former England Captain Charlotte Edwards at the crease, they showed all of their experience and class as they continued to tick the scoreboard over. Bates was particularly severe on anything remotely short, striking five boundaries in her 30 not out. Edwards was more watchful, finishing with 12 not out as Hampshire ran out winners by five wickets.
Shrubsole claimed five for 15, but the swing of Georgia Tulip, pace of Lauren Filer and spin of Lorraine Szczepanski going unrewarded.
Somerset’s last remaining home game comes this Sunday against Middlesex at Taunton School, starting at 11am. After that they travel to Lancashire, Yorkshire and the County Ground in Canterbury to conclude their 50-Over season against Kent.
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