No problems with switch to 50 overs

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The start of our NatWest Series ODIs against the Aussies couldn’t come round quick enough for us! It was strange going from Twenty20 to 50-over cricket as you seemed to have so much more time and didn’t have to rush between overs as much.

Rocking up at Chelmsford for our first game it was quite strange as we had a new captain for the day in Nikki Shaw as Charlotte was taken down by a virus, which seems to have been making its way through our team.

We won the toss and chose to bowl first. Brunt got us off to the dream start by removing Nitschke first ball of the day with a fine catch in gully by Atkins. Brunt continued to dominate and show her class and removed Sthalekar for one not long after.

We continued taking wickets and the spinners again controlled the game in the middle with Holly Colvin picking up a fine 3-27 from her 10 overs. It was really only the partnership towards the end between Andrews and Farrell (39 not out) which got them up to a score that would work us a little.

We were set 133 to win and got off to a great start with Sarah Taylor hitting the first ball for four, which set the tone. Our openers played patient cricket and hit the bad ball for four.

Taylor brought up her half century and was looking good until she was caught out on 68 from just 74 balls but Atkins (48 not out) with Claire Taylor finished the game with 22 overs left for us to win by nine wickets.

We were back the very next day to play a day-night match and we all felt this was good as the temperatures have been so hot during the day. The team virus seems to have spread overnight and claimed the victim of Lydia, so she was to stay at home with Charlotte to watch the game. Again we won the toss but this time chose to bat.

We lost an early wicket with Farrell trapping Atkins for 0 but the two Taylors started to build a good partnership to get us back on track. Sarah brought up another fine half century and all was looking good until Claire was removed for 42.

Beth Morgan came in and picked up exactly where Claire had left and provided good support for Sarah. Sarah pushed on the scorboard and brought up the first century of the summer and was finally run out for a run-a-ball 120, which was a great effort, especially in the heat!

With Beth’s 42 and Ebony’s 30 we managed to get to 259, which we thought was a pretty decent score; but we knew it was a good wicket and we were going to have to work hard to finish the game off and win.

Brunt once again got an early breakthrough, removing the dangerous Poulton for two in the first over. The Aussies started to build a good partnership and got up with the rate with good batting from Nitschke and Sthalekar.

We knew a wicket was required and a bowling change to bring on Marsh saw her get the much-needed wicket of Nitschke for 47. Sthalekar was then caught at cover the very next over for 42 off the bowling of the stand-in captain to get us back into the game.

It was pretty even until a direct hit to run out Aussie captain Jodie Fields from Isa Guha and a fine caught behind the stumps from Sarah Taylor pushed it in our favour.

Farrell came in and her first scoring shot was a pull shot to deep backward square. The funniest thing was seeing Holly run in the completely wrong direction for the ball due to the Sun being in her eyes (somehow I don’t think we would have been laughing if the game was slightly closer!).

She got her own back the next over removing Farrell LBW and from there we picked up the last few wickets to win by 55 runs and to go 2-0 up in the series.

Both Nikki and Holly ended up with three wickets each to end a solid bowling performance.

We now head to Stratford trying to clinch the Series on Friday with a win which will continue our great summer of cricket.

Hopefully everyone will be healthy and fighting fit and no players in the sick bay!