Somerset Women v Lancashire & Yorkshire

Somerset Women’s latest double-header games saw two heavy defeats on their trip to visit Lancashire and Yorkshire last Bank holiday weekend.

After winning the toss and electing to bat Lancashire were held to 164 thanks to three key partnerships, Sophie Ecclestone their highest scorer with 55. Nicole Richards (three for 41), Anya Shrubsole (three for 16) and Lorraine Szczepanski (three for 39) were the most successful bowlers.

In reply Somerset struggled to put together a partnership of any note, with only Shrubsole (19) and Richards (10) getting to double figures against a powerful bowling side. Lancashire bowled wicket to wicket as evidenced by six clean bowled and four LBW decisions in their final total of 60 all out.

Sadly the Yorkshire game followed a similar pattern, albeit after being inserted by the hosts after they won the toss. Several seemed to have got a start but, having slid to 33 for 6, the ship was steadied for a while with a 40 partnership between Megan Hodkinson (26) and Jennifer Poole. However, once these two were parted the rest subsided to 76 all out.

For Yorkshire Beth Langston took four for 26, Leigh Kasperek three for 13 and Katie Thompson two for 8.

The hosts were never troubled and Lauren Winfield hit a breezy 45 not out with support from Jess Watson 22 not out as they reached the required total in the 13th over.

After the games Paul Lawrence, the Women’s Head Coach, noted the fact that at this level being able to score regularly off accurate bowling was something to note. The difference in the sustained ability of the bowling in Division One, with more experienced players, meant that players had to work out how they were going to rotate strike and be ready to run hard at every opportunity.

Somerset finish their 50 over season this Sunday with an away trip to Kent, playing on the county Ground at Canterbury. They then enter a month of Division Two T20 games throughout June looking for greater success having learnt lessons that can only help with the shorter format.