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Winning start for Somerset Women

Somerset Women got their season off to the perfect start yesterday (Sunday) with back to back T20 wins over Staffordshire at Fordhouses CC.

Match One

Despite suffering the blow of losing Nat Wraith before the match due to illness, Somerset came out on top by six wickets.

Georgia Hennessey claimed three for 24 and Sophie Luff took two for 18 as Somerset limited the hosts to 127 for eight from their 20 overs. Stephanie Butler top scored for Staffordshire with 30 from 23 balls.

Hennessey and Luff got the Somerset chase off to a strong start as the opening pair put on 73. The Somerset skipper was the batter to fall for 25. Hennessey went on to make 61 from 50 balls as Somerset claimed a comprehensive win with eight balls to spare.

Somerset claimed four points from the match.

Match Two

Hennessey and Luff once again took charge as the Somerset openers put on 104 for the first wicket. The latter made 42 from 41 balls.

Hennessey and Ellie Mitchell took the score to 146 before the opener fell for 78 from 54 balls.

Mitchell remained unbeaten on 30 from 21 balls as the visitors posted a total of 161 for three from their allotted overs.

Poppy Davies (59) and Ilenia Sims (32) gave Staffordshire a glimmer of hope but the Somerset bowlers were in control for the majority of the innings and the hosts were limited to 128 for five as the visitors won by 33 runs to claim the four points.

Following the matches, Somerset Women and Girls Performance Manager, Dave Roberts said: “It was a really good start to the summer for us. Obviously, it was a blow to lose Nat Wraith before the first match but Jess Hazell came in to keep wicket and Alice Bird was part of the starting XI.

“The players were absolutely outstanding yesterday. Our senior players were great and that in turn helps the younger players to bed into the competition a little bit. Georgia Hennessy deserves a mention because she was superb for us in both games.

“We fought back really well in the first game and to reduce them to 127 was outstanding. That was also the best I’ve seen them field. Hopefully, that will continue throughout the summer and we can build on these positive results.”

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