Somerset’s Women hosted Middlesex in their latest 50 Over Royal London One Day Championship match at Taunton School last Sunday.
On a blazing morning the visitors won the toss and were soon into their stride on a good pitch. Dattani and Miles combined well to see off Somerset’s openers before a superb return catch, low to her right by Lorraine Szczepanski, claimed the latter with the score on 44.
The introduction of Nicole Richards’ Legspin (3 for 43) stifled the runs somewhat and combined with Szczepanski (3 for 25) caused a wobble amongst the batting side. Maia Bouchier weathered the storm and began to expand as pace had to be brought back into the attack.
Despite wickets falling at the other end regularly and for low scores, Bouchier shepherded her remaining partners through to almost the end of the innings before being run out for a fine 76.
Somerset’s reply faltered initially with both openers back in the pavilion with only 10 on the scoreboard. However, this brought together Sophie Luff and Olivia Hamilton and the two combined some sure footwork with fine attacking shots down the ground in a partnership of 98 which had Middlesex flagging.
With the score on 108 Hamilton just failed to clear Dattani at midwicket for 44. Richards then hit a breezy 12 before falling LBW to Albery playing across the line. Shortly afterwards there came the crucial dismissal of Luff (47) sent back taking another single by her partner and only just short of her crease.
From a seemingly comfortable 127 for 3 Somerset had tumbled to 129 for 6 and they were in further trouble just six runs later when Cassie Coombes fell to another run out. Georgia Tulip enjoyed her brief innings but the required total proved too much for the last few partnerships and Somerset were eventually all out for 149 in the 41st over.
That match concludes Somerset’s home games in the competition for this year. Their next fixtures will be over the coming Bank Holiday weekend in Lancashire on Sunday and Yorkshire on Monday. After the game against Kent at their Canterbury ground the week afterwards the ECB T20 season will commence through to July with our only home games taking place at Taunton Deane C.C. on Sunday June 17th.