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Youthful 2nd XI compete well at Taunton
 

On a cold, windy and overcast day at Gypsy Lane both teams fielded young sides (on the whole) but the hosts had a clear advantage in experience - particularly in a longer-format game. The pitch was very green, this proved beneficial to the bowlers throughout.

Griffins elected to bat and opener Georgina Adcock, who has recently debuted for the Somerset Womens' 1st XI, set the pace with some very powerful shots. Wanderers opening bowler Daisy Vowles found movement in the air and off the pitch, which did give Adcock an occasional problem and certainly was too much for Shannon Simms the other opening batter, as Daisy soon skittled her out. Molly Matthews bowling from the other end, was very nervous to start, but soon got into her stride as well.
The Bath youngsters were all given a go at bowling. The youngest, Eva Lynch giving lovely flight which caused Adcock much indecision. After another bowling change, a very nervous Jess Edwards came on and once she got in to a Rhythm, took the prize wicket of Griffins No.3 hard hitting, Lorraine Szczepanski.
Despite Bath's tentativeness they fielded well, Georgia Wilson doing a cracking sweeping job on the boundary, Katie Briggs doing an impressive job backing up. The side showed great improvement since last year and kept themselves going despite the cold and not being used to the 40 over game.
Zoe Olsen-Groome turned up, hot foot from her hockey with ten overs to go. She bowled the last remaining two overs from one end, picking up a wicket in each over. Griffins ending on 244 for 7.

Bath opened with Capt. Jan Godman and Daisy Vowles. They started well but then the Griffins bowlers got tighter and the runs slowed a bit. Daisy showed a great straight blade but had difficulty piercing the ring of fielders. Jan got a bit bogged down by the accurate and cutting ball of Millie Rossiter, but then eventually found the boundary a few times. With girls starting to freeze on the boundary, Jan retired letting No.3 lefty Emma Godman in for a chance to up the score.
Daisy then unfortunately chipped one up and got caught, which then brought Emily Knight to the crease, the moving ball once again proved tricky and had Emily soon walking back to the pavilion. Keeper Julia Head came to the wicket, playing a lovely straight bat, but only occasionally piercing the ring. Emma set to and played some lovely cover drives and a few lofted ones too to up the scoring rate. Subsequent wickets fell, the Bath youngsters showing some resilience and nice straight batting shots (winter training paying off!) only to see them go straight to a fielder.
Eventually the endless supply of bowlers the Griffins could call on and their experience in the field meant Bath ran out of overs ending on 146 for 7. (Emma Godman 39n.o.)An admirable total considering most of the team had never played that many overs before.
A good learning experience to start the season off and Griffins played the game with a lovely spirit. An ideal fixture for both teams to begin the Summer with, which can only help both clubs and the Somerset age group players for their forthcoming fixtures.
Many thanks to Jan Godman for captaining the side so well, Kerry Edwards for scoring and all the parents for their efforts to get the girls to the game.

Next up for the 2nd XI is the opening Somerset League encounter with Wells on 5th May.

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