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Making my mark

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Jenny Gunn

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The first of the Pommy clashes was on September 21 as I was up against Lydia, and Beth was playing Isa. On another hot day we won the toss and were batting.

Once again Midge (Alyssa Healy) and Leonie Coleman got us off to a flyer. Both of them brought up their fifties in quick time.

I took a bowling change to bring Lydia on to remove firstly Midge for 70 followed shortly after by Leonie for 83. The middle-order all chipped in with twenties to get us up to 266.

Lyd was the pick of their bowlers picking up 3-53 and then with their usual opener (Leah Poulton) feeling slightly under the weather Lyd was promoted to open the batting.

Goody took a wicket in the first over but after that Wallsend kept creating small partnerships. We were only really worried about Leah and Lydia’s partnership though and once we got Leah out, Lyd knew she had to step up a gear.

She was finally out for 76 and she told me off for having such long arms. I got her caught and bowled and apparently it should be illegal to have arms as long as mine.

We bowled Wallsend out for 199, with Goody finishing with 2-24 and myself 3-36.

Training is going well and we love our new boxing sessions. It’s even fun running by the water. One of us enjoyed running so much that they ended up getting lost and finishing up at the Olympic Park four miles away and had to get a taxi back. It wouldn’t be fair of me to mention names, but what are these Kent girls like?

We decided we should have a house warming party, so thought as the Aussies don’t really do Halloween that we should do a Pommy fancy dress for it. Quite a few people made an effort with Beth as a mummy, Isa as a witch, myself as a mad butcher and Lyd, well no sure what she was suppose to be but she ended up looking like Shrek.

The Aussies dressed up as pumpkins, vampires, corpse brides and devils. It was a good night even if the cleaning up in the morning wasn’t so enjoyable.

As a house-warming present Olivia and Goody brought us a small fighting fish named Fergie. She is so cute, even though when she sleeps she is very motionless and plays dead well.

On September 28 we were up against Campbell Town, who were third in the table. We lost the toss and had to field.

Fez and Pez (Ellyse Perry) set the tone for our bowling. They each picked up a wicket in their opening spell and I managed to take my first five wicket haul for Sydney (I must say good field placements by the captain).

We bowled them out for 67. We lost one wicket and knocked them off in nine overs to win with the double bonus point and by 2 o’clock.

On November 3, Beth’s club St George had a social night. It was a BBQ followed by karaoke. I didn’t know what to expect as Lyd and I didn’t know many people but it was such a funny day.

The Poms were on good form with the singing - well it was more like shouting - but at least we didn’t get booed of the stage this time.

I wasn’t happy when we had to run to the next place in the rain and thunder and lightning though. I am told by my fellow weather forecaster Aimee Harris, that 100 storms are forecasted this summer which I’m not too happy about. On a positive note that’s seven down and 93 to go.

This Sunday seems Sydney play Universities, which is first (in the table) v second in a massive game.