Round Two of the U17 T20 matches against Dorset and Somerset took place at Taunton Vale Sports Centre on a very cloudy and rain threatening day. And although there was a brief stop for the promised rain, all matches were completed.
Devon v Dorset
Having come across Dorset in our first round, which we won easily, we were ever hopeful again, especially as Somerset had comprehensively beaten them earlier in the day.
Dorset won the toss and decided to bat and captain, Victoria Pack (47*) batted well through the overs. Most economical was Sophie Florides who bowled 4 overs, with two maidens for just 8 runs. Unfortunately Olivia Churcher fielding to stop a boundary and ended up fracturing her finger!
Dorset posted 90-3 off their 20 overs.
Devon responded with energy and determination with the bat, running positively and quickly between the wickets. Immy Beasley (25*) and Rose Ball (20) put on a partnership of 28 in just 4 overs. And Daisy Meadowcroft (36*) saw Devon home in just 9 overs.
Devon won by 9 wickets.
Devon v Somerset
Devon won the toss and elected to bat. There was a continuation of positive batting despite losing Immy Beasley in the first over. Partnerships were made, especially between Rose Ball (45) and Daisy Meadowcroft (22) and Devon were on 75 off 8 overs. Jodie Filer and Emily Dibble slowed Devon's run-rate with the increased dot ball.
Devon completed their innings 135-6.
Sophie Florides (3-0-19-1) was to claim Somerset's first wicket in the first over and the second fell in the 5th over when Somerset were on 38. Things were looking good for Devon as Olivia Hamilton (81) came in at three and continued to find the boundary! By the time Daisy Meadowcroft caught her off Morgan Harrison-Hooton's bowling in the 15th over, the damaged was done. It was to take only just another over for Somerset to win by 7 wickets.