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Straight back to work

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So it’s been just over two weeks since our England tour finished and I was looking forward to a bit of down time but there was none of that and it was straight back for county cricket and back into work.

I work for the Cricket Foundation on the Chance to shine scheme and in the summer we go around the country coaching on cricket camps. My first camp happened to be an MCC camp in Wales and on arrival I was wearing a jumper, fleece and trousers it was so cold - but for all the Welsh people it was a nice summer’s day as they were all in shorts and t-shirts!

The first day was full of drills before we picked the teams for the World Cup on the second day. My team turned out to be South Africa and the kids were brilliant and came with face paint and even green hair for our matches. All in all it was a good camp apart from the language barrier I struggled with on quite a few occasions.

The weekend saw us up against Somerset in a relegation battle in the LV= Women’s County Championships. We won the toss and chose to bowl first and it looked to be the right decision as the ball was seaming all over the place. Their innings was held together by Steph Davies, who top scored with 33 after been dropped four times. I asked her afterwards if she wanted to buy a lottery ticket for me as she seemed to be so lucky!

New Zealander Lucy Doolan is playing for Nottinghamshire this season and brought up her first 50 with us as we took the match by eight wickets in the 31st over. It was good to get a win under our belts and bolstered the team’s confidence ahead of our next game against Kent, who are second in the table.

My work on Monday was a camp in Worcestershire and it made me laugh when some old ladies came and moved us off a bit of field as they were going to play croquet. I have never been moved off a cricket pitch for that reason before!

I was quite excited when I saw I had two days off in my work programme but my excitement didn’t last two long as I was told about the Women’s Twenty20 competition Nott’s were in.

One thing I did enjoy was telling someone else to run long on to long on and I was allowed to just stay in the ring for most of the innings!

We won our opening two games against Cheshire and Warwickshire which set up an exciting game against Yorkshire in a winner takes all game.

Due to the rain the match was brought down to 15 overs a side and we were bowling first. We knew Yorkshire were going to come hard at us as they had a very strong top five which included three of my fellow international team-mates.

We got an early breakthrough but only managed to pick up five wickets and they ended on 118, which we knew was going to be a difficult task with England opening bowler Katherine Brunt firing the first ball down.

Lucy Doolan got our innings off to a good start playing her world renown paddle, getting down on one knee and paddling Brunt for a one bounce four - she is a lot braver then I am! We managed to take one of their spinners for 20 to get us right back in the game, but struggled to find a boundary in the final over and ended up losing by nine runs.

To get so close but yet lose was so frustrating but to say we don’t play much Twenty20 we did well.

We now have a long trip to Kent to look forward to and we could really do with a win!

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