Feeling the heat...not just from the sun
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Last week we were on a plane heading for Sri Lanka. For some reason I always get stuck in the middle seats with no leg room.
We were quite lucky that the flight wasn’t full so we could spread out a bit. After watching a film I turned to my right to see Holly Colvin, the smallest person in our team, lying across three seats.
On waking up she happily told me that because I was so tall there was no chance of me lying down so she didn’t want to waste the space.
On arriving in Colombo it was pretty warm with sauna type conditions but it was quite nice to have some sun on our backs.
Most of the team struggled to stay awake for the afternoon so a few of us decided to head downstairs to the bar to get some food to try and power on through until bedtime.
They had no lighting on and it was like eating during a power cut, which didn’t really help our tiredness. It’s safe to say I smashed my food and pretty much fell asleep as soon as I fell on my bed.
It was nice to get out on grass and train in Sri Lankan conditions, even if it was a tad warm - it’s more humid and sweaty than hot.
Our net bowlers provided a good challenge, especially the spinners who turn it big at pace.
I don’t think they liked getting smashed into the fence by Dani Hazell who hit a big six but at least you know a bouncer isn’t coming which normally happens if you face a seamer.
That night a few of us went to The Lagoon restaurant, which I must say is the best place I have ever been to for seafood. You walk up to the counter and pick fresh fish of any type you want and tell them how you want it cooked.
A team favourite seems to be red Thai curry with extra large prawns and scallops. Laura Marsh and Katherine Brunt seemed to struggle with the heat of the dish, especially Katherine who had sweat dripping down her forehead.
I’ve been brought up with spices and happily ate every bit of it, but held off licking the bowl.
We had only one warm up match before the tournament starts and we were playing South Africa.
We batted first on a decent wicket but with a rather slow outfield. It looks like weeds stuck in mud so if you hit the ball high it just stops dead.
We got off to a flyer and after six overs we were on 57 for the loss of one wicket. Any batter who came in just took over the run scoring.
Charlotte Edwards brought up her 50 and retired on 54 off just 34 balls. Taylor continued her fine form with 31 off 18 balls and we dominated all the bowlers to reach a big score of 180.
After a short rain shower we were back on and got a wicket in the first over with Katherine making the breakthrough.
South Africa struggled to keep up with the run-rate and never got close due to some smart, tight bowling. We bowled them out for 59 with Anya Shrubsole, Laura Marsh, Dani Hazell and Holly Colvin all picking up two wickets each.
It was a great start, playing our brand of cricket at our pace.
We get up and running with our first group game against Pakistan on Thursday.