It's a winning start

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On Monday March 2 we had our second warm-up game against Australia. We were bowling first and couldn’t have got off to a better start with Isa getting Shelley Nitshke caught behind followed shortly after by Rolton out LBW for 0 by Nunny.

There was a real buzz going round and we slowed them right down with tight bowling by our spinners in the middle order. We were in need of a wicket and Holly managed to get the breakthrough when Leah Poulton was caught at mid-on but they took on our attack in the batting powerplay and managed to get up to 214. However on a good track and quick outfield we were confident of chasing it down.

The worst possible start for us was to lose Squirt on the very first ball of our innings caught behind but Tails came in and with Shaggy got our innings off to a steady start. Things were looking good for us until Shaggy was run out coming back for a third run.

Lottie and Tails looked like they had everything under control until Tails smashed a ball back at Aussies' new spinner to take a sharp caught and bowled (to be fair she couldn’t have hit it any harder). Lottie was going well but couldn’t really find anyone to stay with her long enough to form a partnership. Lottie was dismissed for 72 and we ended up falling 20 runs short which turned out to be a very disappointing game for us as we seemed to have everything under control.

March 5 was the opening function but before it started we had to go to Circular Quay for a team photo. Every team was in the picture and it was funny as an old couple tried to get in the background of the photo!

England Women Sydney Opera House

We then caught a ferry to Luna Park (I thought we were going to sink!) and Ian Healy was the guest speaker for the night. All eight captains got up on stage for a question and answer session but it seemed to turn out to be more of a comedy night with Haidee Tiffen (NZ captain) being really funny added to Lottie nearly falling off the stage!

We headed over to the nation's capital, Canberra, for our opening World Cup game against Sri Lanka. They won the toss and we were batting first. Our openers set off like a train getting us to 75 off the first 15 overs before Squirt managed to find the fielder in the deep for 38. Tails came in and looked like she was on a mission and quickly got going nearly catching Shaggy to beat her to 50.

Shaggy went not long after but our run rate was always quite healthy. Tails brought up another ODI hundred and was out for 101 caught at long off. We managed to get 277 which was a little less then we should have got.

Going out to bowl proved quite difficult on that wicket as there was nothing in it, even when I tried to bowl a shorter ball it only got up to hip height. Nothing really happened until the spinners came on and they managed to get a bit of turn and pick up a couple of wickets but still found it difficult. Boggy (Laura Marsh) picked up three wickets and there were three run-outs but they finished on 177 from their 50 overs - but it’s a winning start to our campaign and two points.

We now head back to Sydney for a couple of training sessions before the big game in our group against India on Tuesday March 10.