Bring on the Aussies!

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Jenny Gunn

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January 19 was the National State Final at the SCG, which was between NSW and South Australia. There is really not too much to talk about as from 7am, it didn’t stop raining until around 10pm that evening.

It was the first time ever that they had decided to cut the three-match final series to a one-off match, and it was the first time ever we had a complete washout. As there was no result it meant that NSW won as they finished top of the league.

It wasn’t a great way to end our season as it was the first time in 10 years SA had made the finals and for us not to even get a shot at it was annoying.

January 22, we flew over to Melbourne to meet up with the rest of the England girls. We were so excited we were going to see everyone only to find out that there flight was delayed by an hour.

Lyd, Beth, Isa and myself were just standing around when we saw an England kit bag being wheeled off. So we started chasing this person around the airport, through all the crowds thinking it was a theft, only for it to turn out to be Ebony who had caught an earlier flight. Seeing all the girls felt quite strange but it was good to see everyone again.

We have had a busy first week on tour with most of the girls getting overs under their belts and getting use to the grass wickets again. We had two very disappointing games against Victoria and Australia U21 but in our third and final warm-up match we seemed to have clicked.

We won the toss and chose to bat first. We couldn’t have got off to a better start as both Beth and Sarah Taylor played some positive and attacking cricket and both raced to 50. They shared an opening stand of 130 before Sarah was caught for 53.

Beth carry on for a while before she was bowled for 70. We finished on 249 with Lottie making 30 and Lydia 28 with the rest of the batters chipping in.

Alyssa Healy, Jenny Gunn & Rene Farrell

Alyssa Healy, myself, Rene Farrell teamed up for Sydney together, but both played in the Australia U21 side

Nikki Shaw bowled well up front; it was just a shame that I couldn’t quite support her at the other end. U21’s were 80 for no wicket before a bowling change, saw Cheesy take our first wicket and changed the game completely.

Our two spinners (Cheesy and Boggy) bowled in tandem and it was a great partnership, which saw us get five wickets for not many runs. Our fielding picked up and created run outs and two fine catches one by tails and one by Shaggy saw us bowled them out for 178.

Everyone is looking forward to playing at the MCG, and we were lucky enough to have trained at the nets a couple of times. The nets are on the outside of the ground and quite a few people walk past shouting “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” but think we are getting use to the comments now.

On one day we were lucky enough to go and have a look at the actual pitch. Well, walking out of the tunnel and onto the pitch was just amazing. It just takes your breath away as it is so big and you just can’t image playing in front of a full house like the men do.

So we can’t wait for our opening game on Friday, which is a Twenty20 at the MCG, bring on the Aussies.