Back on track
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After an indifferent start to the World Cup we are all ready to kick on into the Super Sixes and first up we take on Australia on Friday.
I can’t wait. It’s bound to be a good game - it always is against the Aussies.
We started our World Cup against Sri Lanka last week and things didn't go the way we wanted.
We were quickly reduced to 29 for three and a rebuilding stage had to happen. We had a quiet 20 overs but Amy Jones on debut came to the crease and looked like she had been playing for England for years. She ran well, got the singles and then took it to the bowlers. She was bowled for 41 but deserved 50. We ended on 238 which meant we had something to bowl at.
The Sri Lanka openers looked in good touch and made batting look easy. They seemed to have an answer to anything we threw at them. It wasn't until the 32nd over when we managed to take regular wickets and get back into the game.
We built some pressure and got the run-rate up but then entered Kaushalya who hit and hit big. She played a great innings and nearly saw her side home, just getting run out in the last over.
They required one off the last ball and it was hit for six to give them their first win over us. Fair play to them, they played some good cricket.
We had a lot to improve on and our next game against India was going to be hard work. We start at 9am in India as it gets dark pretty quickly which means we are up at 6am on game day.
We were batting first and Charlotte Edwards led from the front. Even though we had a slow start we knew we had the batting to catch up.
Katherine Brunt moved up the order to try and use the power-play and she got her biceps out, hitting a quick 21. All the batters chipped in around Lottie who batted brilliantly to bring up her seventh ODI hundred. We finished with 272 and knew we had to win.
Our openers reduced India to 29 for three including the massive wicket of captain Mithali Raj. India rebuilt and just chipped along, taking singles that were on offer. Knowing they needed to kick on, the pressure built even more when they couldn’t get Holly Colvin away, who bowled her 10 overs for just 29 runs. We ended up winning quite comfortably by 39 runs but I can tell you on the field it felt a lot closer than that.
Our afternoons off are rather different on this tour. My roommate, Dani Hazell, brought her Xbox and I come back to my room most days to find her and Georgia Elwiss playing Harry Potter Lego. Rather than FIFA or Call of Duty they play a kids game. Whatever makes them happy.
Our final group game was against West Indies which was another must-win game.
We lost the toss and were bowling which we were quite happy about given the green, damp wicket. Katherine and Anya were on fire with the ball reducing them to 31 for six early on. Arran also got in on the act and gave them nothing, taking three wickets for no runs. Fair play to the West Indies, they dug in and managed a score of 100.
The ball was moving around a bit so we were a bit more cautious at the start of the innings. We were looking fine until Deandra Dottin came on and took three wickets in no time. Heather Knight was having none of it though and was cool and calm at the crease, finishing the game off to take us through to the Super Sixes.
We had a day off where a few girls went off to explore Elephanta Island. It involves a ferry ride which means it was a straight 'no' from me as I would have thrown up all the way there and back. I opted for a quiet day playing Harry Potter and watching DVDs.