Pleased with our efforts

Katherine Brunt

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England's Katherine Brunt - Vodafone England Cricketer of the Year - is back again on ecb.co.uk for summer 2006! Follow her insights into the England camp during the series against India exclusively here on ecb.co.uk

It’s Tuesday and the start of the first of two npower Tests. We’re feeling very confident; we won the toss for a change and chose to bat. We had a collapse early on but luckily Caroline (Atkins) and Beth (Morgan) get a 100 partnership and give us a decent score of 223.

Jen (Gunn) and I go out to the field raring to go, pumped up by our selection of cheesy tunes! Not having had a game in a while I was more than up for getting revenge on the Indians and ended up picking up the first two wickets before my back and manky toe got the better of me!

After bowling 15 overs I had to call it a day and am now resting until I’m back to full fitness – hopefully for the NatWest ODI at Lord’s on Monday!

Jen and Laura (Marsh), our other two seamers, also picked up niggles after bowling a tiring 53 overs between them. With ice, and our physio working her magic, both girls took the field again to bowl another 30 overs. I’m not being funny, but good work girls!

Batting for the second time, and this time there were good performances all round, especially from Tails (Claire Taylor – 115) and Lor (Newton – 85). With a confident lead of 270, the girls take the field again with the help of Lydia (Greenway), who is my replacement fielder.

The girls get off to an awesome start with Jen and Laura claiming four early wickets for less than 20! Meanwhile me and Nicky Shaw walk round the boundary listening to music trying to disguise how much we want to bowl…fuming!

We end up drawing the first Test – just! India finished on 187 for eight. Ten more minutes and “the last two would have been sent back”… according to Laura Marsh aka Boggy! There’s always the next one at Taunton, starting August 29.

Even though we didn’t do what we set out to do we are very pleased with our efforts. The team has worked very hard together and both teams put on awesome performances.

Everybody is left on a high and definitely looking forward to playing at the ground that is Lord’s on Monday in the first NatWest ODI, with the MCC offering free entry to everybody!

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