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Result: Somerset Women v Cricket Wales Women

A young Somerset team put up an excellent fight against a much more experienced Cricket Wales side today, but fell just short at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

Despite a valiant effort, the visitors came out on top by 52 runs.

It was always going to be a tough examination for Somerset in this opening Women’s 50-over County Championship tie against a Cricket Wales team that featured several Western Storm players, including New Zealand International Rachel Priest.

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The visitors won the toss and elected to bat.

Cricket Wales openers Priest and Gabby Basketter shared a strong opening stand and eventually put on 97 before the latter was caught by Anna Parkinson off the bowling of Nicole Richards for 34.

Priest fell shortly after that with the score on 104 but not before she had made 63 from 78 balls in an innings that included eight fours and a six.

The score had reached 150 when Seren Hughes was run out and then a flurry of wickets saw Wales slip to 183 for seven.

However, 58 from Lauren Parfitt helped to ensure that her side posted a total of 232 for nine from their 50 overs.

Tilly Bond was the pick of the Somerset bowlers, claiming three for 26 from her seven overs. Richards also impressed by claiming three for 32 whilst Lorraine Szczepanski took two for 50.

The Somerset replay got off to the worst possible start when Emma Godman was caught by Lauren Parfitt off the bowling of Ffion Wynne for one.

Claire Nicholas then claimed the wicket of Richards (18) courtesy of a catch from Priest before Nat Wraith and Cassie Coombes were both run out without scoring to leave Somerset on 35 for four.

Sophie Luff and Niamh Holland put Somerset back in business and took the score to 144 before the Somerset skipper fell for an excellent 71. Her innings included seven fours and came from 101 balls. Holland then fell for 37 with the addition of just one further run to the total.

In the end, experience told as Somerset reached 180 for eight from their 50 overs.

Somerset named the following squad for the matc: Emma Godman, Nicole Richards, Sophie Luff (c), Nat Wraith, Cassie Coombs, Niamh Holland, Lorraine Szczepanski, Anna Parkinson, Lauren Filer, Georgia Tulip, Daisy Jeanes and Tilly Bond.

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