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Today was the morning of the final. As the tour reached its final few days the team were starting to become tired. This was definitely shown in the warm up.
We won the toss and chose to field as we knew Boland would be quite a strong bowling team. When we walked on to the pitch the standard soon improved.
Our bowling couldn’t have gone any better with Boland being all out for 39. Alex was the pick of the bowlers with a five wicket haul. Liz also picked up three wickets.
We were confident in knocking off the runs but knew we couldn’t be complacent. The job, however, was done incredibly well with Sophie and Amara opening the batting and getting the runs without losing a wicket.
They ran very well and put the bad balls away with style. After the tenth over we became tournament champions.
Due to the early finish we ended with a quick game of five-a-side football with Gary and Katie’s competitive streak once again shown.
With the tour now drawing to a close, I sit here, writing this, thinking about our experiences both on and off the field, our opportunities both as cricketers and as people and our challenges.
It has given us all a taster as what life would be like, travelling around the world playing cricket at the highest level.
This is the first time the ECB have sent a squad of players of such an age group so far away from home. It has provided us all with such great memories and hopefully the first of what will be many cricket tours representing our country.
Although the weather has been 25 degrees warmer here than in the UK and we have been playing or training daily at the foot of Table Mountain, with fantastic views, we are looking forward to being back home and seeing our missed ones.
This experience has highlighted that when a wide range of people, with different backgrounds and personalities, meet we can become a close group and powerful unit both on and off the pitch.
On a cricketing point of view, I think we expected slightly more competitive games. We did still have a job to do and both individually and as a group we undertook our roles, even with the pressure of being an England representative side.
I, as captain, have seen everyone grow as individuals and the team gel together and I hope that the coaches have seen me grow as a captain.
I have enjoyed leading the team and have felt it has been incredibly worthwhile. I’d just like to thank the support staff for making this trip so enjoyable and beneficial.