Getting a buzz from results

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November 11 was a massive game for our grade side as we were up against Universities, who are second in the table and field four international players. We were the only game to be playing come Sunday as everyone else’s game got called off due to the amount of rain we had had during the week.

We won the toss and chose to field. Ellyse Perry (Pez) got us off to a blinder. Firstly she had Alex Blackwell caught slip by Olivia Thornton followed by Lisa Sthalekar very next ball, pulling out a full length dive (one for the camera I think) to get her caught and bowled. We managed to drop Ros Kember four times but finally bowled her for 42. We managed to bowl them out for 130.

For the first time in this year’s comp our openers failed but Alyssa Healy (Midge) and Gossy batted really well and got us close to the target before Midge stood on her own stumps; but we ended up winning by eight wickets with Gossy finishing on 65 and Olivia three.

November 12; Lyd and I thought we would go to Coogee beach, which is one of my favourite beaches in Australia. We went again that evening with the Blackwells and Ros Kember as they were going surfing. Lyd and I could not stop laughing as they wore flippers to help them swim in the water and when Ros and Kate were walking into the sea they looked like they were doing a chicken walk (only wish I had my camera at hand).

I know I shouldn’t laugh but we had never seen Ros move so fast, well she was running from a stingray though and I think that made my mind up to never go in the water!

November 17 was my first state game for South Australia, and it had to be against NSW Breakers (Batesy’s new team). It was quite strange playing an away game but which was actually a home game for me.

We lost the toss and were batting. We were going along really well until a direct hit from Pez ran Shelly Nitschke out, who was just getting set. Another wicket brought myself to the crease and with Karen Roulton we managed to put on a partnership of 91.

She was finally out on 63 followed shortly after by myself for 36. We managed to set NSW 165 to win.

Not a lot really happened in our fielding session. We managed to take two wickets quite quickly but from then on they dominated our bowling attack and both Alex Blackwell and Lisa Sthalekar brought up their 50’s in fairly quick time.

They reached our target with seven wickets still in hand. Pick of our bowlers was Nitschke, who took two wickets for 40 runs. It wasn’t the ideal start to our state campaign.

Day two started much brighter for us. We fielded the best I have ever seen us do and bowled in great areas that NSW struggled with. We managed to bowl them out for 148 and we were happy as not many teams go around bowling out the Breakers too often.

Only Alex Blackwell went on to make a score of 52, and it took a full-length one-hand diving catch at backward point by Leanne Davis to get her out. Britty finished with 4-27 and I managed to get 3-24 including the wickets of Healy and Farrell, who I play in the same team for at grade (which I found quite funny).

In reply we were 49-0 which soon changed to 4-65. From there we struggled to put any sort of partnership together and ended up falling 25 runs short of a total we should have chased down, which ended a very disappointing end to our weekend.

On one of our rare Saturdays off I got invited round to one of our grade’s house (Cherie) with some other girls from Sydney for a BBQ. Cherie was known as the Buzz champion of the house and I was quite excited when she wheeled it out that evening.

I loved it even better when I was crowned the new buzz champion. (Don’t think I will ever be allowed around her house again!). It makes a change for me to win as usually I get smashed by my sister or my dad and to win the Australian version only made my win sweeter.

We are still a having our usual cricket session at the SCG on Friday mornings. On this one occasion there was only Isa and I as Lydia and Beth both had work on. We were driving home and busting out to some songs when the car started jumping around and then suddenly one of our hub caps flew off down the road.

We managed to pull over into a petrol station only to see our front tyre was totally flat. I had a sudden feeling of deja vu. We had an idea of how to change it due to the same thing happening last year, but lucky for us a kind man helped us out.

It didn’t stop Isa and I getting covered with dirt. So we had our 30 minute pit stop and we were back on our way.

Saturday December 8 was our second round of state games. This time we were up in Brisbane to play Queensland. The first day we were bowling first and were all so happy that there was quite a bit of cloud cover that helped to keep the temperature down.

Our opening bowlers set the tone for the game and all our bowlers followed up after backed up with some sharp fielding. Stan (Leanne Davis) was pick of our bowlers picking up three and myself two wickets.

Chasing 158 for victory we lost both openers with not many runs on the board. Enter Karen Roulton. Let’s just say I was so happy to be playing on the same team that day as she was on a mission. She hit 20 boundaries in her 106 not out for us to win by eight wickets and gain an important bonus point.

It was strange as there were three Poms playing in this game. It was great to see Dawn Holden back playing cricket even if it felt quite strange playing against her for a change.

Jenny Gunn and Dawn Holden

Jenny and Dawn Holden

Sydney’s weather doesn’t seem to be getting any better since the start of the Australian Summer. We have had quite a lot of rain, wind and even hail in some parts. The worse thing is the amount of storms we are having.

It makes me laugh as I think Beth has been hanging around me too much as she is becoming quite scared of them as well. Think we are up to around 20 storms now, only 80 to go.