Sophie hits half-century for England Academy

Sophie Luff.

Sophie Luff. - Credit: Archant

Lympsham’s Sophie Luff started the England Academy tour to Sri Lanka with a half-century.

Somerset’s Sophie Luff has kicked off her England Academy tour to Sri Lanka with a half-century against the hosts, which enabled England to win by 75 runs.

Batting first, England hit 311-9 from their overs, which included 54 from Luff, who shared a 103-run partnership with former Somerset player Fran Wilson. In reply, the home side reached 236-9.

The 23-year-old who plays her club cricket for Lympsham in the Somerset League, scored three centuries to help Somerset secure promotion to the top division.

Sophie said: “Since arriving, we have had two really good training sessions where we have had to adapt quickly to both the heat and humidity of Sri Lanka and the pitch conditions.


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“We played our first game of the tri series against Sri Lanka A and won comfortably by 75 runs. It was a really positive start from us, hitting over 300 has set the standard and we’ll be looking to push past that total throughout the series I’m sure.”

The Somerset vice-captain went on: “On a personal note, it’s great to kickstart the tour with a 50 and contribute to a win. It was also nice to support Fran, she batted fantastically well and batting with her is something we’ve done a lot over the years together, we run between the wickets very well.”

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“I’m obviously disappointed that I didn’t go on and get a few more, but that adds to my motivation to do just that in the next game.”

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