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Polly helps to make history

History was made recently when two female scorers officiated for the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final match between Worcestershire and Somerset at New Road.

Sue Drinkwater for Worcestershire and Polly Rhodes for Somerset have both worked their way up through the ranks and were in charge of keeping the tally in the last eight match.

Polly, who was appointed to the First Team scorer’s role at Somerset when Gerry Stickley retired at the end of last season, said: “We think that this is the first time that two women First Team appointed scorers have scored together in a match between two First Class counties.

“If you look at the recreational game, it’s probably about 50-50 and there are a lot of women scorers but in the First Class game the role is mainly filled by men.

“I think that this is quite a breakthrough to have two women scoring a First Class match in the men’s game and I’m delighted to have been part of the history making event.”

In addition to scoring for Somerset, Polly also scores for WEPL Premier One side Taunton St Andrews when not required for County duty.

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