Somerset Women beaten in derby

A distinctly youthful Somerset Women’s side ran out second best in a low scoring friendly against neighbours Devon on Sunday at Taunton School.

Captain Sophie Luff called correctly and opted to bat first on a used but firm looking pitch. After losing Emma Godman early, Luff (19 off 44 balls) and Nicole Richards built a patient 49 run partnership before the former fell just before drinks.

Olivia Hamilton (22 off 25) made scoring look easy as Richards (28 off 82) departed but only U15 India Owen (11) formed any kind of stand. From 100 for four, Somerset found the transition from indoor surfaces to turf slightly tricky and they lost six wickets in seven overs to finish with 106.

For the visitors Florides picked up four for 11 off 7.2 overs and Hutchins three for seven off five to be the pick of the bowlers.

Starting the second innings before lunch, Devon endured a challenging passage of play before going into the interval on 20 for two, with one wicket each to Georgia Tulip (one for 12 off eight overs) and Lorraine Szczpanski (one for 32 off 10 overs).

A couple of quick wickets immediately after the restart were crucial to shifting the game’s momentum. However, Edgcumbe (31 off 68) held firm, along with initial support from Churcher (15 off 36), until she fell just before the winning runs were scored. Pick of the Somerset attack proved to be Daisy Jeanes with three for 18 off her spell.

Rather than a game lost, this has to be seen as an opportunity to learn from. All the bowlers created chances but the ball either fell agonisingly into space or chances were spilled. Somerset’s ground fielding was noticeably better than in their previous outing however, and it will be far more important to take those chances once the Royal London Women’s One-Day Championship starts for real next weekend.

Both our games are to be hosted by Taunton Cricket Club at their Gypsy Lane ground. We play Wales first on Sunday 5th at 11am and then have Durham on Bank Holiday Monday. The Durham game forms part of the #yourcounty Women’s Cricket initiative and we would encourage anyone looking to experience this level of cricket to come along and support your team.

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