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Somerset Women win again

Somerset Women continued their push for promotion back to the top flight of the ECB 50-over competition when they beat Wales at Nailsea on Sunday by six runs after an exciting match.

After winning the toss and bating first Somerset openers Georgina Adcock and Nicole Richards got their side off to a great start and added 97 for the first wicket before Richards was dismissed for 31.

Adcock was then joined by skipper Sophie Luff and together they saw up the three figures. With the total on 120 however Adcock was out for 49.

Luff continued with her fine run of form and along with Gwenan Davies saw the total onto 190. However Ffion Wynne then claimed a hat trick and Somerset eventually ended up on 210 for nine from their allotted overs, Luff eventually out for a run a ball 61 which included seven fours.

When Wales batted, they were contained by the impressive opening attack of Cassie Coombes and Georgina Tulip.

The visitor’s reply was based firmly around opener Gabrielle Basketter who carried her bat for 107. The next highest score was 18 as the visitors ended on 204 for six.

The pick of the bowlers was Lorraine Szczepanski who claimed two for 39 from her 10 overs, while Coombes ended with one for 34 from her 10 of which three were maidens.

Sadly the match against Worcestershire at the same venue on Monday was abandoned because of the weather without a ball being bowled.

Afterwards Sophie Luff said: “Despite the weather meaning the game was abandoned on Monday against Worcestershire, it still leaves us sitting at the top of the table after a nail biting win against Wales on Sunday. Looking back we were probably 20 runs short of where we wanted to be with the bat and in comparison to our first three outings, our fielding was not up to our standards but sometimes you just have to find a way to get over the line and we did that.

“Cassie Coombes and Georgia Tulip came back at the death to bowl the last 10 overs and they did it brilliantly. We hadn’t been challenged yet in Division 2 and Wales certainly made it hard work for us.”

The captain added: “Next up is the T20 competition where we will fight it out in the top division starting on 18th June in Warwickshire. We only have two 50-over games left and they are due to be played at the end of August.

“We would like to offer huge thanks to Nailsea CC for their hospitality over the two days and their tremendous efforts to try to get the game played on Monday.”

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