WESTERN Storm and Somerset Captain, Sophie Luff is spending the winter in Australia.

Sophie, who celebrated her 29th birthday this week, is playing for Parramatta CC and has made an instant impact. An outstanding knock of 101 not out against Sydney recently saw her side take the top spot in the competition table.

Sophie told Somerset CCC website how she is settling in.

“I’ve been here for just over a month and I’m settling in nicely,” she explained.

“We’ve played some good cricket since I arrived and it’s a great bunch of girls. The people here are brilliant and it’s a great club to be involved with. I’m really enjoying it and I like the fact that we’re playing a variety of T20 and 50-over cricket.”

“I feel like I’m playing pretty well at the moment and I’m enjoying batting in the sunshine. We’re playing on some pretty good wickets and I feel like I’m playing with a little more freedom out here. I don’t have the responsibility of captaincy and I’m here to score some runs and to pass on some of my experience and advice to the young girls at Parramatta. It’s a young team and I’ve got about 10 years on a lot of them!”

Sophie is also looking forward to the 2023 season with Western Storm.

“It’s going to be a busy summer,” she said. “But we want to be playing cricket as often as we can. It didn’t seem like there were enough fixtures last year, even with The Hundred, so to have doubled the fixtures in the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy is a really positive move.

"What I like about it is that they are prioritising the 50-over competition at a time when formats seem to be getting shorter and shorter. 50-over cricket gives players the opportunity to really learn their craft. It’s very different to T20 cricket because you have to work harder, be more patient and do things for a longer period of time. That’s what I enjoy about it.

“I don’t want to wish my time out here away, but I’m really looking forward to joining up with Western Storm again in March for preseason. Hopefully, we can hit the ground running and win that first fixture up at Headingley.”