Needle with Lancashire
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Today we played Lancashire which was a fiercely competitive game.
The warm up did not go to plan and Gary, one of the coaches, grew a few more grey hairs. But we soon turned everything around when Jodie won another toss and elected to field.
We had a perfect start with two early wickets - Cordelia first sending the middle stump flying out of the ground. Second was Jodie with an LBW after the biggest appeal so far this the competition, which possibly could have been heard from Table Mountain.
Lancashire then started to show a bit of resistance, building a small partnership, but Alex and Liz broke that with some brilliant bowling.
Lucy, once again, had a fantastic spell, bowling 10 overs with one well deserved wicket. Lancashire were all out for 90 runs.
We started our run chase with Gary challenging us not to lose more than four wickets.
As our two opening batters, Aylish and Amara, went out to the middle we experienced some light rain making South Africa feel much more like home.
Amara top scored with 24 and we went on to lose three wickets, completing Gary’s challenge but more importantly winning the game comfortably.
Unfortunately I did not witness much of our batting innings as our physiotherapist was busy sticking seven acupuncture needles into my leg. Not an experience I enjoyed.
Although water polo was great fun to end another successful day it did manage to bring out the competitive side in Katie and Gary, the squad coaches.
As all the other teams sped off to enjoy an evening at the Waterfront, our minds turned to preparation for tomorrow’s game and we spent the night back at the school reflecting on our performances so far.
After today’s performance it makes you realise how important both the team and support staff are in helping us achieve our goal to win the competition.