U17 Girls season starts with four wins

Somerset Girls U17s record 4 wins out of 4 at the start of their 2018 season

At the halfway point in the 2018 County Cup, Somerset Girls U17s have made a positive start to their campaign with four wins out of four.

In the first match against Devon, played at Barnstaple and Pilton CC, Devon won the toss and chose to bat. Regularly losing wickets and unable to build partnerships they were dismissed for 145 in the 38th over.

Somerset performed extremely well with the ball, especially given it was our first match, with the team looking sharp in the field and working well together. Wickets were evenly spread between the 6 bowlers, the exception being Niamh Holland, making her U17 debut, who caused Devon the most trouble taking 3-24 off 6 overs.

Our innings didn’t get off to the best of starts losing our first wicket in the first over but partnerships of 79 between Ursula Olsen-Groome (34*) and Olivia Hamilton (42) and 61 between Ursula and Harriet Dimdore-Miles (32*) broke the back of the run chase and saw us home in the 23rd over with a 7 wicket win.

Our second match was against Gloucestershire and another lost toss meant we bowled first on a sweltering day at Taunton School. Despite the heat we again bowled and fielded well and although we only managed to take 6 wickets, Gloucestershire were restricted to 142 in their 40 overs, with only a couple of their batsmen making double figures.

Both Somerset openers got away this time with Jennifer Poole (43) and Ursula Olsen-Groome (44) putting on an opening stand of 84 before Olivia Hamilton’s 28* took us to 143-2 and victory by 8 wickets in the 22nd over.

Cornwall at Werrington CC was our third match; we won the toss and elected to bat first. Despite another early loss, an excellent innings of 65 by Ursula Olsen-Groome with good support primarily by Olivia Hamilton (21) along with contributions from Alice Dymond and Anna Parkinson, saw us on the way to a good score, although we never really imposed ourselves on the Cornwall bowlers. But a powerful, quick-fire 52* by Lauren Filer at the end of our innings, with support from Tilly Bond, ensured we set a good competitive total of 239-8 off our 40 overs.

Cornwall lost a couple of quick wickets but dug in and rebuilt their innings with 128 and 50 run partnerships that kept them in the hunt and meant Somerset could never relax. However, Tilly Bond’s 3-21 off 6 and solid contributions from the rest of the bowling attack, backed up by more good fielding, meant we were able to restrict Cornwall to 200-7 off their 40 overs and secure a 39 run victory.

Our fourth and final match of the first-half of the season was our return fixture against Gloucestershire at Bristol Grammar School. Somerset won the toss and bowled, hoping to capitalise on Gloucestershire only being able to field 10 players. Another good fielding and all-round bowling display, with top performances from Tilly Bond (3-9 off 5) and Jodie Filer (5-10 off 7), led to us dismissing Gloucestershire for 68 in 23 overs.

In return, Jennifer Poole (21*) and Ursula Olsen-Groome (37*) batted intelligently to efficiently knock-off the runs in the 15th over to secure a 10-wicket victory.

Four wins out of four leaves Somerset topping the table but there’s a long way to go and a lot of cricket to be played before anything is finally decided.

2018 Squad: Alice Dymond, Anna Parkinson, Daisy Jeanes, Eva Lynch, Hannah Capes, Harriet Dimdore-Miles, India Owen, Jennifer Poole, Jess Smith, Jodie Filer, Lauren Filer, Martha Cole, Niamh Holland, Olivia Hamilton, Ollie Hayes, Sophie Hamilton, Tilly Bond, Ursula Olsen-Groome.