AN independent retailer based in Highbridge has become the main sponsor of a local cricket club’s women’s team.

Sopha, which specialises in handmade beds, sofas and home products, has agreed a sponsorship deal with Huntspill & District Cricket Club which has made it possible for playing kit to be purchased for each player in the team.

In return, Sopha will have an advertising board displayed at Huntspill’s ground in New Road, as well as advertising space on the club website.

Huntspill club chairman Dave Counsell said: “All at the club are extremely grateful for the support of Sopha, especially at a time when many businesses have been affected during the pandemic.

“I know the players are delighted with the new kit and they will really look the part as they travel around the county in their league fixtures.

“I must also thank Emma Huddy for sorting the agreement.”

Emma, who plays for the club and works at Sopha, said: “Cricket has been in my family for generations and I was beyond delighted when I served a customer who mentioned a women’s team was being set up in West Huntspill.

“The team is a really friendly group of ladies with plenty of banter and encouragement.

“It has done wonders for helping me to come out of my shell and improve my mental health.

“The fresh air, exercise and social aspect has been a big help in maintaining a work/life balance, and I’m so grateful to Matt and Emily for getting on board.”

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TEAM: Women's team players at Huntspill & District Cricket Club

Matt and Emily, Sopha’s founders, said: “As a local business we have always put great importance on supporting our local community and other local organisations.

“We’re really proud of every member of our team and the role they play both here at Sopha and in the wider community, so being able to support both at the same time is an opportunity that we could not miss.”

Huntspill’s women’s team, formed in 2019, play in the Somerset Cricket Foundation’s softball league and cup competitions, with new players joining each year.

Training sessions take place on Tuesday evenings, with more details available by emailing