Ironing out the creases
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Our first warm-up game was against India and after winning the toss we batted first. Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor got us off to a steady start and after the first six overs we were 35 for one.
Our middle order pushed the score on with some good running and some big hitting from Beth Morgan which pushed our score to 130.
The Indians got off to a decent start but we managed to tie them down and once we picked up one wicket, the run-rate kept going up. I only fielded for ten overs then Beth came on for the last ten.
Its so typical. I think I touched the ball at long-on twice, then Beth came on and got a catch straight away and went on to get two more fielding in the same position. We ended up winning by about 30 runs which was a great way to start off our cricket over here.
We were back again the next day to play against Sri Lanka. We batted first again and this time changed the order so everyone could get some valuable time at the middle.
Tayls [Claire Taylor] and Danni Hazell opened the batting and I came in at three. The pitch did quite a bit early on but once you were in you could take advantage. I came in around the fifth over and found it hard but Claire just hit and looked in some good form. She hit a massive six and brought up her 50 and was finally out on 70.
By the end of my innings I felt like I was running in treacle, I was that tired. We ended up with 160 and scored 42 in the last five overs due to some very quick running by Beth and Boggy [Laura Marsh].
The Sri Lankans came at us but Katherine Brunt got a couple of early wickets and Tayls carried on her fine match with a good diving catch and a run out to put them on the back foot.
Our spinners took a hold on the game and put it out of their reach. I came on and bowled two overs at the end - the wind was that strong I thought it was going to come back and hit me in my face. We ended up bowling them out for 90.
Our first game is a massive one against Australia and the night before every game we have a team dinner. We went to a place called Bobby’s to get away from the hotel and made sure to pre-order so that we wouldn’t be waiting hours for our food.
Well it was back to West Indian time as we waited about an hour for our food but I guess it’s something we just have to get used too.
In a team meeting we were all reminded about looking neat and smart in our playing kit and how proud we are of wearing the three lions on our shirts.
So on the morning of the game I attempted to iron any creases out of my kit but instead managed to burn a hole in my playing shirt. Clearly I don’t iron too often.