Scaring the locals in Sydney

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Well, I'm back again for another Aussie winter. We have a slight change this year as Cheesy (Rosalie Birch) chose not to re-join Beth (Morgan) and myself in Sydney. (I think four months of us two were too hard to handle). Instead we are joined by Lydia (Greenway) and Isa (Guha).

Beth, Isa and I set off on the September 26 for our mammoth journey to Australia. We went via Los Angeles but only stopped off for three hours so nothing really exciting happened there. Arriving in Sydney on the 28th at 6.05am, and thinking it wouldn’t take us long to get though customs, we asked Olivia Thornton to pick us up at 7am.

How wrong could we have been? It took ages as firstly Beth and Isa had to queue to get their work visas stamped then Beth’s shoes were dirty so we had to wait even longer whilst they were cleaned.

Apart from trying to find a place to stay, the first couple of days have been spent just catching up with people. We managed to catch up with Richard Bates. Strange seeing him over here in Breakers kit - doesn’t suit him at all.

We were running a bit late for our train for our first cricket session at the Sydney Cricket Ground so had to run part of the way to the train station. I was running and just about to run round a small Chinese woman when all of a sudden she went sprinting off. I must have scared her but she could beat me in a race any day. A good source of entertainment for the girls for the day.

Our first grade game was on October 7. It felt like I had never left as we were playing Gordon at the same ground where I played my last game last season.

We lost the toss and were asked to field. We got off to a great start thanks to Goody who picked up a couple of early wickets. It was quite a hot day and I felt it a bit when I bowled. Gordon were 120 off 30 overs but some good bowling towards the end saw us bowl them out for 171. Goody was the pick of our bowlers picking up 4-23.

Leonine and Midge opened the batting and both made it look easy with them both bringing up their half-centuries in 15 overs. We went on to win by nine wickets in the 26th over, just missing out on a double bonus point by one over.

We finally found a place in Meadowbank and managed to get the keys to move in on the same day that Lydia arrived. It has been a bit of a nightmare trying to get furniture and stuff. Everything seemed to arrive at the same time on Friday which meant we spent the whole afternoon building and putting it all together.

We are loving the fact that we have bragging rights over the Aussies due to the rugby. When we first arrived they kept paying us out saying how bad we were and that we were going to get hammered. Love it how they are eating their words now.

On October 14, we had our second grade game at Drummoyne against Northern Districts. Again we managed to lose the toss and fielded. Our two opening bowlers (Goody and Fez) bowled well without much luck. Their scoring rate was slow due to some tight bowling and good fielding.

I managed to bowl 10 overs straight through in the middle in the heat. Although I finished wicketless it felt quite good to get some overs under my belt. At the end of 50 overs they managed to score 141-9 with Jess Cox the pick of our bowlers, bowling a fine spell and picking up five wickets.

We got off to a flyer when batting with Gossy, Midge and Olivia scoring quickly and getting us to 100-1 off 15 overs. A change in their bowling saw two leg-spinners come on and they both had a big input on the game. We only required 27 runs to win but lost four quick wickets, mainly because we were chasing the double bonus point.

We didn’t panic and managed to get home with two wickets left and 20 overs to go with Mary Ann hitting the winning runs to make it two out of two.

We are all looking forward to next weekend as Sydney (Balmain) play Lydia’s team (Wallsend), and Beth (St George) plays Isa (Bankstown), so there will be a lot of banter flying around in our house this week.