O40s vs Wiltshire (Home)
Venue: Crewkerne Sports Centre
Andrew Carpenter, Jason Flagg, Dave Lovering, Chris Naylor, Wendy Field (C), Sarah-Jane Trask, Nikki Harriss, Jane Reddaway
It was good to see SJT back in a Somerset shirt again (and with her supporter in tow Ellie her daughter) and good to see some keen new faces to play the first 40s league match after 3yrs without a team.
The opposition was made up of numerous ex county senior players so the match was all set to be a tough ask. Andrew and Jason were introduced to each other after a gap of over 20yrs before their first game and they managed to win the first end then pipped at the post 23-25 in the second and losing the third end against the Wiltshire second pair.
Wendy and Sarah-Jane took an easy second set against the second pair, before just succombing in the third. It would have been good to have worked out the strategy before going 18-12 down and scraping back to 19-21. Nikki and Jane were close in their first match and were comfortable winners against the second pair giving the new Somerset 40s team their first win in their first match of the season.
Going into the mixed the team were playing for pride. Nikki with Jason, Dave with Sarah-Jane and Jane with Chris had solid results, but werent able to make too much headway, Wendy and Andrew were the last O40s game to finish and managed to sneak a 3 setter win to finish off the day.
Well done team for a spirited first match as a new team this season. Some of the team stayed a little to watch the 45s match on the other 2 courts come to a conclusion.
Final Result: Somerset lost 10-2