Mixed weekend for Somerset Women

Somerset Women began their Royal London Women’s One-Day campaign with a double-header weekend in glorious sunshine at Nailsea C.C. over the weekend.

First up were Warwickshire, featuring England’s Amy Jones and Jenny Gunn, who were put into bat after losing the toss. The visitors had built a platform in reaching 51 for two before a clatter of wickets in a short spell saw them tumble to 60 for six. Spin twins Nicole Richards (three for 21) and Lorraine Szczepanski (one for 22) found turn and were backed up with some excellent catches in the field.

Warwickshire’s hopes relied on Gunn who remained unbeaten on 45 as her side were eventually dismissed for 124 in the 48th.

Somerset’s reply had reached 31 for three before a telling partnership between Anya Shrubsole (28) and 17 year-old Olivia Hamilton started to take the game to Warwickshire. The pair added 55 runs before Shrubsole was dismissed.

With the final pair of Georgia Tulip and Szczepanski at the crease there were still ten runs needed and Gunn back into the attack.

When Szczepanski glanced Russell for a welcome boundary the scores were level in the 45th over. However, Tulip was then caught at mid-on as the game ended in a tie and both sides claimed 11 points.

Somerset’s second game of the weekend saw the visit of Nottinghamshire, who had been narrowly beaten the day before.

Notts won the toss and opted to bat first. Shrubsole claimed an early scalp and Tulip (three for 26) also impressed whilst the pace of 17 year-old Lauren Filer (one for 38) on her debut caused problems with scant reward as Notts reached 193 for nine in their 50 overs.

Somerset’s top order struggled to find any fluency in reply and the introduction of left-arm spinner Gordon in the first over out of the powerplay turned the game in the visitors favour. After bowling Captain Sophie Luff she then followed up by having the promising Hamilton stumped in the same over.

Despite 28 from Shrubsole, Somerset were dismissed for 81 in the 30th over.

Somerset now look to Sunday and their game against Hampshire at King’s Bruton School.

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