Somerset Women find Kent too strong in season’s opener

Somerset Women

Somerset endured a baptism of fire when Kent beat them by 220 runs in the first match since being promoted to Division One at Taunton Vale on Sunday.

Batting first the south east county posted 278 for four from their 20 overs, in reply to which the hosts slumped to 58 all out.

On Monday the team travelled to play against Staffordshire at Stoke on Trent where after just two overs of play the rains fell and the game was abandoned.

Somerset vice captain Sophie Luff said: “It was a hugely disappointing start to our campaign in Division One and just highlighted how much we need to improve in order to compete if we are to remain in the top division.  In terms of our bowling performance, we pulled their innings back when at one stage they were set for 300 plus so to see us fight in the field was one positive to take into the upcoming games. However, our batting was poor and there are no excuses. We have to show more fight and determination with the bat if we are to win games.

“Having said that, we were still very positive going into the Staffordshire game the next day, where bizarrely we had a delayed start to wait for expected rain, when it wasn’t raining.  When we did eventually go on we played two overs and then it rained and the game was abandoned.  It was a long drive home from Stoke on Trent!”

Sophie added: “ Its club cricket this weekend for me where I will don a Bath shirt for the first time this season and hopefully find a bit of form with the bat before next week’s encounter with Sussex at Bath CC.”