We are now into our last few hours here in Galle before we head back to Colombo today. Our time here has been good – the ground is very picturesque with the Dutch Fort situated behind it. Stuart Law, our Assistant Coach, has mentioned during the Test matches it gets absolutely packed up there and I can understand why because the view is spectacular!
We had an opportunity to walk along the Fort the other day after our match against Pakistan, and apart from the gorgeous view there is a man who runs at full pelt and jumps off the fort, then lands precariously between the rocks in the ocean. The show isn’t over as he then becomes Spiderman and climbs back up the rock face….not a bad trick at all!
Our other little outing has been the family/friends dinner at Unawatuna beach. It was a gold one compared to where we have been staying. Some of the staff have called our hotel Faulty Towers….enough said!
Unawatuna seems to be the tourist hub with plenty of little shops and just a relaxed vibe. Due to having such an enjoyable team dinner, a big group of us ventured out to the same place in search of another great eatery. Unfortunately our luck ran out as the food took over an hour to come and when it did arrive, I had the chewiest fish that I have ever eaten. To keep us amused take our minds off the lack of food, we started to play games and learnt some interesting things about our teammates. Sorry I can’t share but what goes on tour stays on tour!
Apart from those small adventures, the days have been full of cricket with either training or playing. I am pleased to report that we have qualified for the Semi Final against the West Indies on Friday after winning two of our three Pool matches.
The first game was against India, a team that has caused us a little bit of pain in this type of competition. Thankfully our spinners came into the mix with Erin picking up three wickets and Player of the Match. With only a 105 on the board there was no rush in our batting innings with the top three doing the job easily.
Next game was against the unknown Pakistanis. Jodie won the toss and elected to bat. Again a good start by Meg (16) and Midge (36) but when they both fell in the same over, Jess (Cameron) and I went about posting a good total. It actually reminded me of batting with Karen Rolton, as I would get the single and Jess would hit the fours and sixers – it was the perfect partnership! Jess finished with a Player of the Match performance of 41 and I chipped in with 29. With a good total of 148 we went into the field with confidence.
Unfortunately rain cut our match short as we only managed to get in nine overs, but Pez was able to pick up two good wickets and we won via the Duckworth/Lewis method by 25 runs.
Our final round match was against the Poms to see who would come first in our Pool. On a steamer of a day, we won the toss and went about putting on a defendable total. Today it was Meg’s (39) turn to find the boundaries at the start as we reached 1/45 off six overs. When Alex and I met in the middle we were able to put on a 50 run partnership with Alex scoring a valuable 27 and myself 38. In the end we finished with a competitive 144 but we all knew that this was going to be a tight match.
We began well in the field, keeping them under the required rate and by the 10th over we were in the box seat have gotten out Marsh and Edwards. For England, though, they still had Sarah Taylor (the number one batter in T20 cricket) and she began to show her class, finding the boundary at will. There was some massive overs that went against us and before we knew it was a run a ball for the last few overs.
Unfortunately we missed a few vital chances and with that, England passed our total in the 19th over with Taylor finishing with an impressive 60+. It was a disappointing end to our time here at Galle, but it certainly was a game that we can take a lot positives from. Plus we have a second bite of the cherry as we play the West Indies. That will be shown live on Fox sports so please cheer for the green and gold!
Hopefully the next blog will be just before we play our Final!!!