SOMERSET’S women’s and girls’ squads for 2014 have been named by head coach Caroline Foster following a successful winter training programme.
Somerset Women will be looking for promotion out of Division Two of the County Championship after rain dashed their chances in 2013.
The league features eight other teams who Somerset face in home or away 50-over matches.
The senior squad has been cut to 18 players and the following will be hoping they can secure Division One cricket for 2015 – Anya Shrubsole (captain), Beth Howe, Cassie Coombes, Emma Godman, Fran Wilson, Georgia Adcock (Taunton), Georgia Tulip, Gwyn West, Jackie Hawker, Jenny Withers, Karla Rose (Taunton), Lauren Shrubsole, Lorraine Szczepanski (Taunton), Moira Comfort, Sophia Westbury, Sophie Le Marchand, Sophie Luff (vice-captain) and Zoey Cape (Minehead).
Their campaign began with a double-header of fixtures when Somerset beat Worcestershire at Cleeve CC.
They then lost to Lancashire Clevedon before another defeat at the County Ground at the hands of old rivals Devon.
At Under 13, 15 and 17 level winter training squads and girls who took part in the district training played in the North v South festival in mid-April.
This allowed the girls to get out on grass and implement the skills they had worked on during the winter.
The festival saw some excellent cricket played by all and saw the North just edge out the South.
It was a good opportunity for the girls to showcase their talents and win selection to the summer county squads.
Somerset U-17 squad for ECB competitions: Abbie Fielden, Emily Bayliss, Emma Godman, Izzy Imlach, Julia Head (wicket-keeper), Georgia Tulip, Cassie Coombes (captain), Jemima Turner, Charlotte Berry (Taunton), Izzy Williams, Karla Rose (Taunton), Lorraine Szczepanski (Taunton), Megan Pressly-Smith, Millie Rossiter, Sophie Hart and Zoey Cape (both Minehead).
Somerset U-17s began their season with a friendly against Somerset Women on Sunday at Bath CC.
The U-17s are also playing Devon and Hampshire in the ECB U-17 Twenty20 Cup at Uphill & Castle CC on today (Thursday) and tomorrow.
Somerset U-15s squad for ECB competitions: Bernadette Forge (wicket-keeper), Charlea Boucher, Emily Bayliss (captain), Emily Syme, Georgia Dimdore-Miles, Georgia Wilson, Jemima Turner (wicket-keeper), Jessamy Edwards, Josephine Cherson, Karla Rose, Kirsten Meehan, Lauren Bowen-Jones, Lucy Fudge, Molly Burn, Molly Matthews, Zoe Olsen-Groome. Reserves: Charlotte Woodwood, Kirsten Meehan, Ruth Shackleton. Somerset U-15s played a Twenty20 match against Millfield and got off to a winning start.
Somerset posted 117-4 (Forge 26, Boucher 18*, Thompson 2-9) and Millfield finished on 104-5 (Bayliss 42, Thompson 38, Boucher 1-5).
SOMERSET U-13s also took part their own district festival.
Despite rain disrupting some of the matches there was plenty of opportunity for the girls to showcase their abilities Somerset Under 13 Girls Summer Squad for ECB competitions: Alice Dymond, Eva Lynch, Hannah Delbridge, Harriet Dimdore-Miles, Jennifer Poole, Lali Rhydderch, Olivia Hamilton, Sophie Hamilton, Ursula Olsen-Groome, Anna Parkinson, Daisy Jeanes, Jodie Filer, Lauren Filer, Molly Vellacott, Serena Owen, Tilly Bond. Reserves: Charlotte Cutter, Hannah Capes, Tilly Scull.
Somerset U-13s will begin their 35-over Performance Division fixtures away to Hampshire on June 15.