Playing our cards right
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After winning our Twenty20 series against the West Indies 4-1 we are excited to be heading out to Sri Lanka on Wednesday for the ICC World Twenty20.
I’m really looking forward to the challenge of competing against the world’s best on the big stage.
After taking a 2-0 lead against the West Indies we travelled to the ground at Northampton which was looking a bit tired and worn after a long season. The square had more clay than grass but we knew we had a job to do and that’s all that mattered.
I enjoy playing at Wantage Road. It’s almost a home ground as my dad is from Northampton and we have family here who came to watch.
It felt like summer had left us as it was quite cold - I was chilly even though I was running long-on to long-on whilst wearing a jumper.
We batted first on a slow, low wicket and scoring was tough. We had a hard fight to get to 103 which we knew was going to be tough to defend.
Arran Brindle and Danni Wyatt opened the bowling and took pace off the ball which made it even harder to score.
Our bowlers created pressure and we had control of the game. Well, that was until Deandra Dottin hit a quick 24 to keep them in the game. It took a quick, inswinging yorker from Katherine Brunt to dismiss her which ended the game and gave us another series win.
We moved on down to Sussex to play the last two games of the series.
Heather, Laura, Lydia and I went out for dinner the night before the game at Hove and there happened to be a young magician doing tricks.
You should have seen Lyd’s face - she was like a kid in a sweet shop.
Too be fair, when he gave me his phone to look after and then got Lyd to write her name on a card which he kept finding in the pack, all of us were quite impressed.
But none of us could believe it when I gave him his phone back and Lyd’s signed card was under the battery. My head is still spinning from that trick.
I think it messed Laura up more as for some reason she thinks there’s only 20 cards in a pack.
The match at Hove went well with a batting masterclass. Lydia smashed reverse sweep after reverse sweep and Sarah hit over extra cover with ease. You don’t see it too often but Lydia was out scoring Sarah and they quickly reached a 50 partnership.
The West Indies had no answer to our batting and thanks to Sarah’s 43 and Lydia’s 61 we managed to set a big total of 154.
We followed up with one of our best days in the field and the bowlers deserve credit for not letting them get away at all, keeping one of the best batters in the world to 40 off 20 overs. Dani Hazell claimed career best figures of 4-12 and ended the game on a high note.
It was a quick turnaround as the very next day we were playing our last game of the series at Arundel Castle.
Laura and Lydia were rested and I think it was safe to say we had the world's best number 11 as Lottie was down there to give people some time at the crease.
We were up with the rate but lost a few too many wickets although Sarah once again looked in a class of her own and with Katherine took it to their bowlers.
We kicked on towards the end and the big hitting Hazell hit a six last ball of the innings to give us the momentum and finish with 139.
We were on track to keep our winning streak going until Dottin decided to tee off. She hit three fours and five massive sixes in her innings of 62 off just 34 balls.
Colvin got her wicket which got us back into the game and but unfortunately they got the single they needed off the last ball and it ended our 21 game unbeaten run.