In the swing
Sarah Taylor blogs on beating the Windies and reveals which England player is best with a golf club.
Last Updated: 23/09/12 6:54pm
We wanted to close the NatWest Women's International T20 series in Northampton and we did exactly that.
We batted first on a tough wicket and despite the modest total of 103, Arran (Brindle) opened the bowling and picked up early wickets including Stafanie Taylor.
Dottin kept the West Indies in the game by hitting 14 off one over but we got them all out and they fell 10 runs short. So we were 3-0 up and very happy wrapping up the series.
At the hotel in Northampton we were lucky enough to have a golf course on site, which included a driving range.
Several of us paid a few visits and we enjoyed a competition to see who could hit the ball the furthest. Amy Jones won but it normally ended up in the side net so she was just happy it went straight.
Our last two games were back-to-back in Sussex, which I was very happy about being a Sussex girl.
Staying on the Brighton Marina was lovely and it was nice to have the added bonus of being able to see my brother as he works in the casino there!
The fourth match was played at Hove where again we batted first and posted a total of 154-2. Lydia and I had a partnership of 98; she batted brilliantly finishing on 61 and thoroughly deserved her player of the match. In reply we bowled very well and restricted the West Indies to 70-8.
For the last game of the series we were at the lovely Arundel Castle cricket club. We set a target of 139 on a very good wicket and the West Indies started aggressively showed mainly by Deandra Dottin who won them the game with some seriously big hitting. She got 62 off 34 balls.
After getting the wicket of Dottin we fought back squeezing them to need six off the last over, then one off the last ball. Nero got the winnings runs and although we wanted to end the series 5-0 it was a great game to finish the series.
We have now arrived in Colombo ahead of the ICC World T20 and have our warm-up game against South Africa on Saturday.
We cannot wait to get going in the tournament which will kick off with our first group game against Pakistan down in Galle on Thursday.