Somerset Pathway Round Up
Many of the Somerset Pathway age group teams were in action over the weekend during which there were some impressive performances with both bat and ball.
The Boys Under 18s played two friendly T20 matches against Gloucestershire at Hawkesbury Upton, both of which they won.
In the opening game, the hosts batted first and scored 157 for nine from their overs, James Theedom was the pick of the attack with three for 30 from his four overs, while JT Langridge sent down three overs and claimed one wicket for just seven runs.
When Somerset batted the reached 162 for four in 17.2 overs, thanks to an impressive 89 off just 34 balls from opener Josh Thomas which included nine fours and six sixes. During his time in the middle he added 99 for the second wicket with Seb Linnitt, who made 22. Skipper Archie Vaughan also made 22.
In the afternoon match Somerset batted first and posted 155 for six, which included a 42-run second wicket partnership between Logan Dupont, who hit 20 off 21 balls, and 28 from 21 by Thomas Rew. Lower in the order, Fin Hill made 39 off 26 deliveries sharing a seventh wicket stand of 51 with Vaughan who remained unbeaten on 29 from 22 balls.
Gloucestershire in reply reached 150 for seven, with Theedom taking two for 34.
Somerset Boys Under 16s played two matches at Taunton Vale both against Hampshire.
In the opening game, Hampshire posted 194 for six from their overs, the pick of the Somerset bowlers being Alfie Moloney who claimed two for 30 from 3.5 overs, while Jamie Ogborne ended with two for five from his two overs.
Somerset in reply reached 154 for six of which James Matravers made 71 off 45 balls with five fours and six sixes during which he added 53 for the fourth wicket with Bertie Michael who made an unbeaten 44 off 36 balls.
In the second match, Somerset opted to bat and scored 162 for six, Matravers again leading the way with 71 off 45 balls with nine fours and two sixes. He shared an opening partnership of 70 with Michael who hit 26, while captain Ben Mason made an unbeaten 23.
When Hampshire responded they reached 166 for eight. There were two wickets each for Ogborne, Moloney and Henry Fairchild.
The Boys Under 14s travelled to Falmouth to play their Cornwall counterparts in the ECB Under 14 Cup.
After being asked to bat, Somerset were bowled out for 137 in 36.2 overs, Will Vickery top scoring with 26, while Nicholas Watson made 18 and Noah Lewis-Jones 17.
Cornwall in reply reached 140 for six in 37.3 overs.
On Tuesday the Girls Under 15s crossed the Severn Bridge to play Cricket Wales at Chepstow in the ECB Girls Under 15 Cup.
Batting first, the hosts were bowled out for 107 in 26.3 overs, Verity Clark claiming three for 13 off five overs, while Ava Ojomoh ended with two for 16 and Freyja Malin two for 10.
In reply the visitors got off to a good start thanks to openers Leila Moledina, who made 37, and Nurandee Wipulasuriya with 14, who added 37 for the first wicket. Wicket-keeper Bethany Lewis-Hague then hit 16 to help to see Somerset to 111 for six in 22 overs.