Up and down as the games begin
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February 1 was our first official match of the tour. We played Australia in a Twenty20 at the MCG just before Australia men played against India.
We bowled first and they got off to a good start before we managed to get Alex Blackwell run out with a direct hit and Shelly Nitschke caught at point. Our spin bowlers slowed things down and managed to restrict them to 127.
We got off to a slow start mainly due to some tight bowling. We struggled to keep up with the run rate and ended up losing by 21 runs. By the end of the game we were playing in front of 27,000 people, which was exciting as it doesn’t happen too often in the women’s game.
Our first ODI was on February 3 at the G as the Aussies call it. We lost the toss and were put into bat. Our opening pair (Beth and Sarah) saw off the new ball and set a good base for us to go on and set a big score.
When we lost wickets we re-built well and created partnerships and batted well as a team. Lydia and I had a partnership of 80 in the middle. It was ended when Lyd smashed the ball back to Pez (Ellyse Perry) who got a finger nail on the ball to knock it onto the stumps for me to be run out for 48 (FUMING!).
Lyd batted well and also got 48 and helped us get to 233 for six. Going out to field we started well thanks largely to Nicky Shaw who created pressure for us to get two quick wickets at the other end.
I managed to get Shelly and Alex Blackwell out and from there they struggled to keep up with the run rate. They lost wickets quickly in the middle order and were finally all out for 177 when Lott caught and bowled for us to win for the first time in Australia in 19 years. The 2nd ODI didn’t quite go as planned.
We lost the toss and were bowling first this time. The game was a complete reverse from the day before. Partnerships were the key again and they had two big ones. Alex Blackwell batted well for her Maiden century whilst her twin sister Kate scored her maiden half century.
They set us a total of 243 to win. We struggled early in our innings and Pez picked up a couple of early wickets. We got behind the run rate and really struggled to catch up with the rate and ended up being bowled out for 156. So it was 1-1 heading over to Sydney for our final three games.
I was so excited to be playing in Sydney at Drummoyne as it is where I play my grade cricket at, only for the game to be a complete wash out.
February 8, we were invited to ladies day at the SCG. We had hospitality in a box, which had great views of the cricket and quite a few famous people floating around. During the interval Alex Blackwell and myself were asked to get up on stage in front of everyone and do a question and answers session.
I was quite nervous but soon as we got up stage I quickly realised that I was going to get more stick and banter than myself actually doing much talking. There was quite a lot of interference between the two mics but the MC calmly told everyone not to worry as it was just Jenny’s hearing aid, which set the tone for the whole session.
That evening I managed to catch up with a few of the South Australia girls. We went out for dinner and it was good to catch up but the highlight of the evening had to be when Sambo (Emma Sampson) and Rolton (Karen) came down stairs with the exact same tops on.
Hopefully the rain will now clear up and stay away long enough for us to get our last two ODI games in, and we are all looking forward to playing at the SCG.