Report: Somerset v Bears, Women's T20 - Match Two
A ruthless bowling performance from Bears Women sealed a 26-run win against Somerset, but only after the visitors had struggling initially with the bat.
Somerset failed to handle the tricky leg spin of both Hannah Baker and Anisha Patel who shared seven wickets, securing their side a second win of the day at The Cooper Associates County Ground.
Defending a much smaller total of 102 when opposed to the previous encounter, the Bears made vital early inroads into Somerset’s top-order. Issy Wong had a good early lbw shout for Sophie Luff but swiftly followed it with just her fourth delivery of the game, again LBW.
Having constructed a game-saving partnership with the bat, Georgia Davis and Liz Russell both then chipped in with wickets to see off Nat Wraith and Niamh Holland respectively.
Leg spin then did the rest. Baker claimed three quick wickets, forcing Somerset to collapse from 42-3 to 56-6. Patel then joined in on the action, tearing through the tail in the process.
Patel finished with remarkable figures of 4-14 from only 3.1 overs, yet, it could have been so different without the Bears’ eighth wicket partnership of 65.
Impressive work from Emily Edgecombe reduced Bears to 5-2 after one over, significantly taking the wicket of Eve Jones, who had smashed a majestic score of 93* earlier in the day.
Marie Kelly, Gwen Davies, Beth Ellis, Ria Fackrell and Wong all departed for single-figure scores, with Holland and Lauren Filer taking two wickets apiece. When Thea Brookes was adjudged to have been out LBW for ten, the prospect of a Bears victory seemed extremely unlikely.
Nevertheless, up stepped Davis and Russell who played with great maturity and concentration. After steadying the Innings, Russell kept her wicket intact superbly and allowed Davis to increase the scoring rate, the latter would even smash a leg-side six off the bowling of Daisy Jeanes for her score of 44.
Once Russell eventually fell for 23, her side had reached a triple-figure score that they could viably defend. And to the pleasure of Head Coach, Dom Ostler, they did so expertly.
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