Luff starts the season with two centuries in two days

PUBLISHED: 09:34 12 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:34 12 May 2017

Sophie Luff.

Sophie Luff.

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Lympsham cricketer Sophie Luff scored two centuries in as many days for Somerset women.

Two brilliant centuries in as many days by Sophie Luff gave Somerset women’s team a flying start to their campaign in Division Two.

Earlier this week against Derbyshire at Denby, the 23-year-old, who plays men’s cricket for Lympsham and Belvedere came in at the end of the first over and remained out in the middle until the end of the innings, by which time she was unbeaten on 100.

When Derbyshire batted they were never in the hunt and were bowled out for 135 in the 49th over, with Megan Hodkinson, Nicole Richards and Jackie Hawker claiming two wickets apiece.

On Bank Holiday Monday against Staffordshire at Audley, the top order batter who is on the England Academy and plays for the Western Strom, was in the runs again.

After winning the toss and batting, Luff again found herself walking out to bat at the end of the first over. She then added 42 with Emily Bayliss (26) for the third wicket, 50 with Richards (23) for the fourth and 41 with Lorraine Szczepanski for the seventh and remained unbeaten on 118 as Somerset posted 231-7 at the end of the 50 overs.

When the hosts batted they were limited to 136-9, Hodkinson claiming 4-25, Richards 3-20 while leg-spinner Szczepanski bowled a miserly 10-over spell and claimed 1-13.

Luff said: “It’s always nice to start the season with a few runs, but two tons in two days is pretty special. Credit to the girls who stuck around with me, they may have only been small partnerships, but they were crucial in getting us maximum batting points in both games. Hopefully I can keep producing match winning performances for Somerset this season.”

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