Sri Lanka Tour 2018 - Match 5
St Thomas College proved tough opposition for Somerset this afternoon as the Under 15’s lost by 77 runs.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat first St Thomas’ began brightly at Moors Sports Club with an opening partnership of 41. Will Tothill (1-17) and Dan James-Stone (1-40) made the initial breakthroughs which brought Yehen Dias to the crease, he looked in fine form with his first three scoring shots all clearing the rope. He continued in similar vein throughout his innings ending with a magnificent 120 from 64 balls (10x4’s & 10x6’s). Somerset battled hard but could only restrict St Thomas’ to 297-7 from their 50.
Somerset’s reply started poorly with both openers departing without adding to the score. Smeed (38) and Scott-Munden (37) added 73 for the next wicket before Smeed was caught Long-On in the ninth over. With ten overs gone Somerset were 78-3 and still in with a chance of an unlikely victory. Baird and Scott-Munden began rebuilding before a mix up saw the latter run out to make the equation all the more difficult. Chester-Phillips, Brooks and Kelly all formed small partnerships with Baird but as the required rate rose - wickets fell at regular interviews. Baird was the ninth man to be dismissed for an excellent 80 (74 balls) before Weatherill - after a flurry of attacking strokes - was the final man to depart for 14.
T20 Games 5 and 6
The girls finished the tour in style after two fantastic T20 victories at another beautiful international ground, the P.Sara Oval against Gamphara Ratnawali School and a Colombo development side.
Fielding first for the first time of this tour, the girls kept things tight but it was the opening spell from Lauren Filer that really set the tone, making life for the openers uncomfortable. The girls restricted Gamphara Ratnawali to 111-6 and knocked it off comfortably in the 16th over to wrap up an 8 wicket win.
After lunch and a little break, the girls were back in the field for the second T20 of the day. The Colombo development side got off to a flyer racking up 80 runs in the first 10 but a crucial breakthrough from Harriet Dimdore-Miles to dismiss the opener who was on 50 was the turning point. The girls rallied in the field to restrict them to 128-6. After an assured start by openers Serena Owen and Harriet, Somerset lost their way with some wreckless running until Olivia Hamilton and Lauren Filer took the attack to the opposition, Lauren hitting an almighty 6.. eventually signalled by the umpire after some confusion about whether she'd actually cleared the rope! Sophie Hamilton ensured victory and sealed a pretty decent tour with the bat for her personally, the girls finishing proceedings in the 17th over to win by 5 wickets.