Mixed weekend for Somerset Women

There were mixed fortunes for Somerset’s Women on Sunday in their T20 double header against Essex and Yorkshire at Taunton School.

Facing Essex, who had only narrowly beaten the home side a few weeks before in the 50-over game, Somerset won the toss and Sophie Luff elected to field first. The visitors openers were both lost to run outs before Villiers (55) and Dalton recovered.

Georgia Tulip, Lorraine Szczepanski and Nicole Richards all took a wicket and there were two stumpings for ‘keeper Nat Wraith as Essex finished on 111 for five.

In reply, Somerset lost Olivia Hamilton quickly and Wraith (13) with the score on 21. However, Luff kept the board ticking over with an almost run-a-ball 48 and enjoyed useful partnerships with Niamh Holland (12) and then Jess Hazell (13*). Luff eventually fell with the score on 96.

Unfortunately, it was not to be for Somerset as the remaining batters failed to find the spaces and, despite Tilly Bond hitting the final ball for a boundary, Somerset were left just three short on 108.

In the second game Yorkshire elected to bat first and were quickly in trouble at 24 for three. With a much-improved fielding and bowling display Somerset turned the screw and Tulip, Szczepanski and Richards all picked up a brace while Holland (three for 28) ran through the middle order.

With no real partnerships of note, Yorkshire only managed a total of 80 all out. Luff (41) re-jigged her batting line up and opened with Wraith. Taking great care to keep wickets in hand, and with the comparative luxury of not having to go at more than four an over, the two all but killed the game off as a contest by the time they were parted with the score on 72.

Wraith finished on an unbeaten 34 as Somerset passed the required score in the 18th Over.

Somerset will hope to continue on the improvements shown over the two games as they have their longest away trip of the season on Sunday, taking on Cheshire and Durham up in Hartlepool.


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