Victory for Somerset Women in Wales
Somerset overcame Cricket Wales by four wickets in a 50-over match at Newport CC today (June 18th).
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the hosts posted a total of 228 for seven from their allotted overs.
In reply, Somerset reached 229 for six with 11 balls to spare.
Niamh Mansel and Seren Hughes added 34 for the first wicket, but both were back in the pavilion at 63 for two, both falling lbw to Alice Bird and Evie Dixon respectively.
When Sophia Smale fell in similar fashion to Nicole Harvey, the hosts were 92 for three and that soon became 100 for four when the same bowler accounted for Georgia Parfitt courtesy of a catch by Lorraine Szczepanski.
Lauren Parfitt (48), Rose Evans (40) and Charlotte Scarborough (40) got their side back on track and ensured that the Welsh bowlers had something to work with.
Harvey was the pick of the Somerset attack, claiming three for 42.
Harvey (44) then showed her class with the bat as she shared an opening stand of 58 with Lilly Hawkins, who went on to make 51 as the visitors built a solid platform for the chase.
The foundations had been laid and Somerset were able to easily keep on top of the required rate. In the end it was left to Emma Phillipson (34*) and Annabel Lamb (17*) to see the visitors over the line.
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Somerset have named the following squad: Lilly Hawkins, Nicole Harvey, Niamh Holland, Emily Edgecombe, Karla Rose, Emma Phillipson, Joleigh Roberts, Annabel Lamb, Alice Bird, Lorraine Szczepanski, Tilly Bond and Evie Dixon.
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Ahead of the game, Somerset Pathway Coach & Women and Girls Lead, Kieran Peters said: “It’s really exciting to be able to add 50-over cricket into the schedule this year. It’s certainly something that’s been missing over the last couple of years, and it’s a really good development opportunity for the girls to be able to play the format on a competitive stage.
“You can’t understate the importance of this opportunity for the girls to be able to play some proper white-ball cricket which is representative of what they will be playing at the next level of their development. It’s a really good way for our players to experience this type of cricket in a competitive environment.
“These games will also give the Western Storm coaches and scouts the chance to have a look at the girls playing in the 50-over environment.”
Somerset take on Gloucestershire in a 50-over match on Sunday June 25th at Taunton Vale Sports Club.
This match will get underway at 11am.