Over the course of the last few days Somerset Under 18 Girls have played two matches in the County One-Day Cup, against Devon and Cornwall, while the Boys Under 16s have been in action against Wiltshire in Group Three of the ECB County Cup.
On Thursday the Under 18 Girls travelled to play Devon at Chagford where the hosts got off to a flying start with an opening partnership of 86, which was broken when Anu Balasubramaniam, who ended with two for 28 accounted for them both. Lola Harris claimed three for 29 from her eight overs as Devon ended on 182 for nine from their 40 overs.
When Somerset replied Lilly Hawkins batted well throughout the innings and was eventually the last wicket to fall for 44 off 74 deliveries. However, Somerset were dismissed for 86 in 27.5 overs.
On Monday the Under 18 Girls travelled further west to face Cornwall at St Minver CC where after being asked to bat Somerset were bowled out for 129 in 29.3 overs. Emma Phillipson with 18 and Genevieve Donaldson who made 33 added 26 for the second wicket after which Genevieve and Katie Rowe shared a partnership of 28 for the third wicket. Alice Bird, who went in at number five, then batted through until she was the last player out having made 28 off 50 balls.
When Cornwall replied they were all out for 96 in 24th over, Alice taking five wickets for 10 runs from her four overs, one of which was a maiden as Somerset won by 33 runs.
Somerset Boys Under 16s were at home to Wiltshire, who after being asked to bat were dismissed for 235 in the 50th over. Lachlan Rice claimed four wickets for 44 from 10 overs to reduce the visitors from 103 for two to 155 for six. Later in the innings Harry Fairchild claimed two for 26 off 6.5 overs.
In pursuit of their target Somerset lost Ben Mason early before Finn Kelsey, who made 54 off 77 balls, and James Matravers (24) added 46 together.
Kelsey then added 58 for the third wicket with Lachlan Rice (24), after which Harry Fairchild (61) and Jamie Ogborne (36 not out) added 86 for the eighth wicket to help see Somerset to a two wicket victory, as they ended on 236 for eight with eight balls to spare.