Gunning for glory
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After the NatWest International T20 Series we moved to London to start the one-dayers at Lord's. We had a training session on the Nursery Ground at the same time as the men's international with Australia, which meant a lot more people than normal were watching us train.
During the lunch break a few of us went onto the main pitch to do some high catching, which was an experience catching in front of a full house.
Rumble the spelling game has taken over our team and it seems that Lydia (Greenway) is the person to beat and is always in demand, as everyone wants a shot at the title.
This won't come as a shock to my sister, but its safe to say I'm in the bottle league as my spelling isn't the greatest. However, I did give (Katherine) Brunt and (Georgia) Elwiss a run for their money the other day.
The first one-day international didn't go our way; to be fair, we didn't play our best cricket. But, as usual, Lord's lived up to its standards with the lunch. The only disappointing thing is there is never enough time to enjoy everything as before you know it we have to be on deck and warming up to go back out.
We moved down to Taunton for back-to-back games and although there had been a lot of rain around we still managed to get two full matches in.
Despite a great start with the ball from Katherine and Georgia we let ourselves down with the bat in the second ODI. We all felt it was a good thing having the next game the very next day and we had a chance to put things right.
Once again Brunt and Elwiss got us off to a great start, getting an early wicket and not going for many runs. All our bowlers chipped in with wickets and helped to restrict them to 173 for nine.
India put the pressure on us straight away but Tammy (Beaumont) and Sarah Taylor steadied the ship and it was (Arran) Brindle that got us over the line with a good 40 not out to secure the win and keep the series alive.
We headed across to Truro for the next match, which it's safe to say is miles away, but it was nice to travel down to the south west of the country and into Cornwall.
The rain followed us yet again and going to look at the ground we didn't hope for much as the outfield was so wet it felt more like a football field than a cricket square.
We were surprised that there was only a one-hour delay given the rain overnight. The ground staff did a great job in getting a full international game in with the rubbish weather that they had all week.
Truro was a must-win game for us. Georgia and Katherine gave nothing away up front with the ball and Arran took three wickets and a run out which put us in a good position to chase 153.
Lydia and Sarah put on a good partnership. It got a bit close towards the end but we kept up with the run rate and Katherine hit a big six to leave us needing two to win. I was more than happy when they bowled a full toss which we hit to the boundary to win the game.
Getting caught up in the moment as I was happy to go 2-2 in the series I managed to punch Katherine in the helmet rather than punching her glove. She is still not over this moment and thinks I hit her on purpose so I'll be watching my back and waiting for a bouncer from her when I face her next.
We were so happy to keep the series alive and go to Wormsley for a decider. We knew the weather was likely to play a part and were keen to get on with the job. Katherine and Georgia did exactly that taking four early wickets and never letting them settle.
We managed to bat for 33 overs before the heavens opened and Duckworth-Lewis was used to determine our 29-run win. It was fantastic to claim the series victory; it would have been nice to get a full game in, but, to be fair, I was relieved not to bat when the thunder and lightning came!