Day 2 - Match day 1
Both teams had a relatively early start with games starting at 9.30 am, in high humidity and temperatures of 32 degrees. Both teams were victorious and go again tomorrow at Pallekele International Stadium and University Ground Kandy.
Somerset began their Sri Lanka tour with a five wicket victory over St Anthony’s College at The University Ground, Kandy. Chasing 185 Somerset pair Henry Smeed (21*) and Will Scott-Munden (13) steered their side home with 14 balls to spare.
Earlier on Somerset - in conditions hotter than training yesterday - had restricted St Anthony’s College to 185-7 after some tight bowling from Ogborne (3-20) and Chesterman (1-21).
Before Smeed hit the winning runs through mid wicket for four, Baird (40) and Tothill (44) had put together a vital partnership to put Somerset into a strong position.
The boys face fresh opposition this Saturday 10th February at the Pallekele International Stadium and will be hoping to continue their form from the first game.
Match Day 1 vs Kandy u17 girls district team
Not a bad way to start the girls tour off by playing at an international venue. Blistering heat and heavy dew greeted the girls at the Pallekele stadium and Ursie did her main job.. winning the toss and it was Somerset to bat. An opening stand of 51 between Ursie (21) and Jen Poole (36) set the foundation but it wasn't until Olivia Hamilton walked to the crease that the innings really took off. A sublime 98 off 54 balls including 16 fours took us to 238-3, with vital contributions from Martha Cole (27*) and Sophie Hamilton (31*) setting us a decent total to defend.
The girls then restricted them to 139-6, picking up three run outs. It was a fantastic victory in the girls first experience of playing in these conditions and they'll be looking to build on this in tomorrow's fixture.