Somerset Disabled CC start with a win

Somerset Disabled Cricket Club got the new season in the Southwest D40 league underway with a derby win.

Opening batter, Nick Dean has provided us with a report from the match:

The new season got underway on Sunday with local rivals Gloucestershire making the trip down to Childs Lane in Ilton. 

The conditions were wet and the pitch was  soft. 

Somerset lost the toss and were put into bat. 

Nick Dean and James Mayled opened the batting and made a steady start before Mayled was dismissed by Gloucestershire’s opening bowler, Bethan Manning for three. Manning dominated the contest and Somerset then lost five more wickets for a total of 40 runs inside the next 13 overs before, Jack Smith and Jacob Lunn steadied the ship with a partnership of 49 runs before Smith was dismissed with an outstanding catch by Naomi Forecast.   

Lunn was bowled shortly after with a great spell of bowling from Charlie Bailey who mopped up the rest with figures of 3 / 0 off 1.3. 

Somerset finished on 114 all out. A low score, but on a pitch doing enough to encourage an unlikely Somerset win. Starring for Somerset with bat were Jack Smith and Jacob Lunn who finished with 26 and 20 respectively. 

With Somerset needing a good start, both opening bowlers, Cameron Smith and Jack Smith, took a wicket in their opening overs to reduce Gloucestershire to two for two.  A good rebuild between Naomi Forecast and Brandon Burger took Gloucestershire on to 34 before Naomi was stumped by Zac Webber off the bowling of James Mayled. 

Gloucestershire rallied again before Nick Dean trapped Burger LBW for 27.  Somerset then applied the pressure, with brilliant intensity in the field supporting tight bowling. This led to a steady stream of Gloucestershire wickets, leading to a Somerset win by 30 runs. 

There were some impressive contributions with the ball, Jack Smith taking 3/25, Nick Dean 2/7 and Jacob Lunn 2/21. Zac Webber behind the stumps on debut also took a catch and two stumpings, highlighting Somerset’s all round good performance in the field.  

An excellent start for Somerset, who win the first game in the new league.

Their attention now turns to an away fixture against Dorset on May 19th.