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Sophie Delighted with Storm Victory

Sophie Luff continued her run of success this season when she hit the winning runs for the Western Storm in their five wicket victory over Loughborough Lightning with five balls to spare at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Saturday.

The 23 year old who captain’s Somerset Women, enjoys a batting average of 167.5 this season after hitting two unbeaten centuries in her five innings for the side so far, also plays club cricket for Lympsham and Belvedere in Division Four of the Best Western Shrubbery Hotel.

Chasing the Lightning total of 108, Luff walked to the wicket when the score was 77 for four, the Taunton born girl added 30 for the fifth wicket with Stafanie Taylor, who earlier claimed four wickets for five runs, hit the winning runs to see Storm to 109 without further loss, by which time she was unbeaten on 18 off 14 balls with three fours.

Reflecting on the game Luff, who is employed as a coach by the Somerset Cricket Board, said: “Look it was fantastic to hit the winning runs on my home ground. I absolutely love playing at Taunton, the crowd were brilliant and we really feel at home there as a team.

“After Thursdays defeat it was important we turned it around and the girls responded superbly. Stafanie Taylor was a different level with bat, ball and in the field. We’ve batted well together in the past at Bristol last year so to come together to see the team over the line again, even if Staf did fall with 2 needed to win, the job was already done.”

Luff added: “We’ve got a bit of a wait before our next game up at York CC next Sunday (20th) so we’ll be working hard in the nets and in the gym to make sure we’re in the best place possible to put in another good team performance.”

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