Getting revenge in the T20s
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After losing the ODI series we went all guns blazing in the Twenty20s and won that series 4-1.
Our first game was at the Adelaide Oval which I missed due to an injury I picked up in the last ODI.
We bowled first and their batsmen came after us which you always expect from an Australian side. We pulled it back in the middle and managed to keep them down to 134. Charlotte (Edwards) set the tone by smashing Ellyse Perry down the ground for a four in the first over and with Laura (Marsh) took it to the Aussie bowlers and kept us above the run rate.
England men were playing straight after us and the boundaries square weren’t brought in but it didn’t stop Lydia (Greenway) and Susie (Rowe) hitting two massive sixes to help us win the game.
Our next game was at the MCG and waking up in the morning we all were a bit disappointed as it was chucking it down. We thought play might be doubtful for the day.
We went to the ground for 12.30pm as they have good indoor nets but with play due to start in two hourstha it still didn’t look great. The rain stopped around 2pm and we were all shocked when we were told that play would start at 3.15pm and that only four overs per team had been lost.
It’s something special to play at the MCG and though we didn’t have our greatest day we still managed to win.
It was onto another plane for the short trip from Melbourne to Canberra for the last three T20s which were played on consecutive days. Chasing a series win everyone was so excited as we had a chance to beat the T20 World Champions on their home soil.
We bowled first and again Australia got off to a flyer. In the past we might not have come back as strongly but in the middle we fought and managed to control their hitting areas and keep them down to 126.
Once again Charlotte and Laura took full advantage of the first six overs and the Aussie bowlers didn’t know where to bowl. It came down to needing just over a run a ball for the last five overs.
I was batting with Lydia and knowing that if we got the ball into the outfield there were lots of twos on offer. We needed five off the last over and it got even better when the first ball went for two wides.
But Lydia then hit a low full toss straight to midwicket and then very next ball Heather Knight was run out from a direct hit.
With two balls left I was given a full toss on leg stump which gave us our winning runs. We were so happy we won and made it three in a row. It’s especially rewarding to achieve this on Aussie soil and in the 31 degree heat.
We celebrated at a team meal that evening then a few of us stayed on and happened to bump into the Aussies. I bet we were the last people they wanted to see.
As I said in my previous blog, Holly Colvin is our fines master and Danni Wyatt is leading the way at the top. I think she may even run out of money as she has racked up so many fines.
I’m writing this on the team bus and just moments ago Danni thought she had left her shoes in the hotel so was just about to run back to get them before she stopped halfway down the bus to ask if anyone had seen them. She then noticed them hanging up on the bus!
We won the fourth game by 13 runs which in T20 cricket is quite comfortable. It did make me laugh when at the end of the last over our keeper thought there was another over left due to the score board counting the overs in an unusual way.
We then lost the last match and despite having won the series we were all still disappointed.
Everyone who reads my blogs knows (I wouldn’t say moan but mention) that I have to run long-on to long-on pretty much the whole game. Well, I get a little break when I bowl, but we have so many spinners they don’t give me much time to get across the pitch.
Anyway, Danni said ‘are you running long-on to long-on?’ I said ‘I do it every game’ to which she replied ‘do you’? What game has she been watching?!
We are now on the home stretch of the tour but have a massive match coming up - The Ashes Test. The Aussies will be coming hard at us as they want the trophy back but we’re not planning to leave it with them, so we are set for a competitive four-day Test.
We had a nice day off yesterday to travel to Sydney from Canberra. It was a brief opportunity to recharge the batteries before we swap our blues for whites and hit the nets hard at the SCG.