It’s been another successful week for a number of the Somerset squad who are playing abroad this winter.
Jamie Overton was in impressive form with both bat and ball for the England Lions in their two IT20 matches against Pakistan ‘A’.
In the first encounter the Somerset man smashed his way to 24 off just nine balls as England won by four wickets with four balls to spare.
In the second IT20 Jamie finished with impressive figures of three for 24 from his four overs whilst Lewis Gregory, who captained the side in the two matches, scored 26 from 16 balls as England again won by four wickets. Dom Bess also featured in the opening match.
Elsewhere, Ben Green was in action for Gosnells against Mount Lawley in Australia. He opened the innings and made a patient 47 off 118 deliveries before Gosnells were eventually all out for 226 off 80.4 overs.
Meanwhile in South Africa, Max Waller is spending his winter playing cricket for Milnerton, a suburb of Cape Town. Playing against Belleville the leg spinner, who is also skippering the side, claimed impressive figures of four wickets for four runs off 5.2 overs, two of which were maidens as the opposition were all out for 145. In reply Milnerton were bowled out for 105 of which Max hit 23.
There were also some notable performances by Western Storm players in the Women’s Big Bash this weekend.
Heather Knight was in fine form with the bat and made 82 not out from 55 balls as the Hobart Hurricanes posted a total of 158 for six after being put in by Melbourne Stars. Unfortunately, Heather’s efforts were in vain as the Stars reached their required total to win a dramatic encounter by five wickets with just one ball to spare.
The Hurricanes were then able to gain almost immediate revenge by beating the same opposition just 24 hours later. Heather made 23 from 19 balls but it was her Western Storm teammate Smriti Mandhana who was the star of the show with the bat on this occasion. The India opener scored 69 from 41 balls as the Hurricanes scored 196 for six from their allotted overs. Not to be outdone, Heather then took three for 10 from her three overs to hand her side victory by 72 runs as the Stars were dismissed for 124.
Elsewhere, Rachel Priest and Stafanie Taylor helped Sydney Thunder to a 28 run win over Brisbane Heat.
Rachel made 49 from 28 balls as the Thunder posted an impressive total of 192 for four. She also claimed a stumping whilst three wickets for just 23 runs from Stafanie saw the Heat dismissed for 164.
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