Schooling the boys

Posted in England Women

Time seems to be flying by at the moment and it only seems two minutes ago that we were getting ready to host the Aussies last summer.

This year it is the return of the Kiwis which starts at the end of this month.

Due to it being half-term last week I had quite an easy week as schools weren’t in so there was no coaching for Chance to Shine. Instead I filled in and helped coach the Nottinghamshire under-15 side.

It was such a hot day which was proven when one of our girls fainted, which resulted in a few of the girls trying to steal my England hats which I lent them to keep the sun off their heads, the cheeky little possums.

Last Saturday we played Bedford School 1st XI in two T20s. They had only lost one game all season and had two under-17 England boys so we knew it was going to be tough.

In the first game we were fielding first and the boys got off to a flyer with Nunny [Katherine Brunt] taking the brunt of it. Ours spinners bowled very well in the middle and helped pull the run rate back and Bedford finished on 128.

Lottie [Charlotte Edwards] and Squirt [Sarah Taylor] played some great shots and really took advantage of the first six overs. They set a good platform and with the help of some big hits from Tayls [Claire Taylor] we won the game in the last over. It was a great win for us and set us up well for the second match in the afternoon.

After lunch we were back on deck but this time we were going to be setting a total for the boys. Bedford bowled a lot tighter and it showed in our run rate. We lost early wickets and were struggling until Lydia Greenway calmed our innings and helped get us up to a competitive total with the help of Danni Hazell, who hit a big six into the sightscreen. We ended up with 126 which we thought was OK, but the boys went off like a train.

You think Twenty20 cricket would be a bit easier as you are in the field for a short time, but I have to run from long-on to long-on for most of the game which is a killer. With the heat and this being the second game of the day I felt like I was running in treacle at one point.

Lydia Greenway, Bedford School

We were struggling in the second game against Bedford School until Lydia came to the crease © Aidan Huxford

So when their main batter hit one in the air in my direction I ran round as fast as my legs would let me, flung my arms out, closed my eyes and hoped for the best. I heard a cheer from the crowd, opened my eyes and saw the ball in my hands - that was the start of us picking up wickets and changing the game.

Bedford fell behind the run rate and ended up requiring 14 off the last over but Danni Wyatt bowled really well and we won by six runs to end a great day.

Travelling home was a struggle after a long day but we had to recover well as we had a club game the next day.

I play for Ransome and Marles in the North Premier League along with Nicky Shaw, Nunny and Kiwi Lucy Doolan, so was quite excited about our game.

In the end I was glad our game was called off due to rain as I didn’t sleep one bit due to the massive thunderstorms we had that night.

Anyone who knows me will tell you about my phobia of storms but I reckon I must have lost a few kilos after sweating through panic all night.

Next week we have another two games against Denston College - another boys team - and Staffordshire U17 boys, and I play midweek for Loughborough University versus the MCC if the weather holds up for us.