Sri Lanka Tour 2018 - Match 3
The P Sara Oval was host for Somerset’s third game of the tour against Nalanda College. In the penultimate over Will Scott-Munden (62*) despatched the winning runs through midwicket to secure a 6 wicket victory.
Earlier Nalanda has been restricted to 184 all out. After ten overs Max Kerr (1-37) had taken the solitary wicket as Nalanda found themselves 63-1. Young opening batsman Kusmitha Silva looked in excellent touch scoring freely and ending with 78. The introduction of spin duo; Scott-Munden (3-30) and Kelly (1-22) stemmed the flow of runs and kept the wicket tally rising on an almost over by over basis. This building of pressure allowed Smeed (3-31) to take three wickets in his next over - including Kusmitha Silva - and when Ransika Vinuta was run out for 9 the innings had ended with Somerset requiring 185 to win.
Somerset’s reply began well with Smeed and Meadows adding 44 for the first wicket. However by the time the score had reached 69 the two openers plus Lawrence and Chester Phillips had departed. This brought Scott-Munden and Baird (58*) together at the crease and the proceeded to add 115 runs for the fifth wicket to seal the victory with eight balls to spare.
Tough day at the office!!!
Somerset U17 Girls won the toss at Colombo Cricket Club (CCC) and elected to bat in very hot and humid conditions against Devapathiraja Team from Galle.
Not only were the conditions very tough 31 degrees Celsius with 67% humidity combined but so were our opponents. Devapathiraja Team from Galle have won the National Girls Cricket tournament for the past three years in a row. With one of their players part of the 25 strong Sri Lankan Women's squad and a few other girls in the Sri Lankan Development squad.
Somerset U17 Girls found the going tough throughout their innings against some very tight bowling backed up by some very good fielding, and were eventually bowled out for 115 in the 29th over, Sophie Hamilton top scoring with 24 and Alice Dymond 18 were the pick of the Somerset batters.
Devapathiraja Team completed their run chase in 23rd over with 8 wickets in hand Tilly Bond picked up 1 wicket in her 4 overs costing her 13 runs and Jodie Filer also picking up 1 wicket for 25 runs from her 5 overs.
The girls have learnt a lot from today's loss and will aim to bounce back in tomorrow's match.