By Sterre Kalis
Two wins at the weekend. I could not have asked for much more!
Of course, the most important one was the Diamonds beating the South East Stars in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. It’s a great feeling when you win close games like that.
I have already spoken about my love for football in the last couple of weeks. So I was pretty happy to see the Netherlands beat Ukraine in the opening game of the Euros on Sunday evening.
When we had so many chances at the start, I thought, ‘Ok, this is going to be 5-0’. Even when it was 2-0, I thought we were going to win easily. Then they scored twice in a very short period of time. Thankfully we got the goal in the end, and it’s a good start for us.
But I was definitely more nervous batting on Saturday than watching that game.
I was actually thinking back to last season’s final at Edgbaston when we were in a similar situation after losing early wickets.
I knew that I just needed to stay in, and a message from our 12th man came out from Dani Hazell saying the same thing. That was all I was trying to do.
I was delighted to contribute some runs (76), but it would have been way better had I been able to stay there until the end. Unfortunately, I didn’t.
The run out was just a bit of miscommunication with Beth Langston. But that’s cricket.
But I’m really proud of Langers and Linsey Smith, who were able to finish it off.
The last time we played a close game at Emerald Headingley against the Sparks, it didn’t go in favour. So for it to go our way this time, we were very happy.
It was a big win to put us at the top of the table and gives us a lot of confidence heading into the T20 games, which start next weekend.
It was really cool to share a team with Sarah Taylor. She’s one of the best to have ever played in English Cricket. Her batting was unlucky, but she did really well behind the stumps. She will be a big part of our team over the next few weeks.
I’m really looking forward to the T20s starting.
If I can produce another innings like the 126 I got for the Netherlands against Germany almost two years ago, I would be very happy.
That was a pretty cool innings to play, and it is something I will always remember (world record for most runs in a T20I). Only Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy have broken the record since.
I opened the batting in that innings and have done so throughout my international career. I like to put the pressure on the bowlers early on in my innings.
But I will be happy to bat wherever the Diamonds need me in this competition.
I have also been practicing a lot on my reverse sweeps and paddles so that I can play 360 degrees. It should be a lot of fun.
In the Diamonds dressing room, we have all picked a team out of a hat at random to win the Euros. And I got Denmark.
I obviously saw what happened to Christian Eriksen when he collapsed, and it was really horrible. For me, if he can get to full health then Denmark have already won.
I think the Netherlands have a good chance in this tournament - we have a strong team.
Given I’m around so many English people at the moment, I guess I would be silly not to say England have a good chance also and are one of favourites!
I watched the England game with Ami Campbell, and all the girls are excited for their chances.
It would be the perfect scenario for England and the Netherlands to see each other in the final.
Northern Diamonds begin their Regional T20 Women's campaign against North West Thunder at Emerald Headingley on Saturday 26 June (2.30pm start). This falls part of a double-header with Yorkshire Vikings' Vitality Blast match versus Northamptonshire Steelbacks (6.30pm start).