Kalis' Column: Lightning win highlights strength

By Sterre Kalis

I am hoping that Monday’s win over Lightning can set us up for a winning run in both the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and the T20 competition which starts later this month.

It was a win that shows how strong our team is, and it is always a great feeling to win those kind of games when you are behind, especially when it didn’t turn in our favour on Saturday. We knew we had to come back.

The bowling unit did a really good job. Jenny Gunn and Alex MacDonald had that partnership of 80 in the middle when we were 50-6. They got us to a total we could think about defending. When Katherine Brunt got us off to a great start, we all believed!

Of course, we wanted to bat 50 overs and would have liked a higher total on the board. But it wasn’t to be. The pitch was difficult and the lightning bowled really well to the conditions.

Saturday against the Sparks wasn’t a good feeling when we lost. So I am really happy with the win on Monday.

We can certainly learn from that game and take all the positives into Saturday’s game with the Sunrisers at Cambridge.

To be able to play two or three games alongside Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver and Lauren Winfield-Hill has been a very special feeling for me.

I have watched loads of their games for England back home in Holland, so to be able to share a dressing room with them is pretty cool.

I think I can learn a lot from them, talking to them about their experiences at the top level. It will definitely improve my game.

Nat is one of the best batters in the world, I love watching her bat, and hopefully I can spend some more time on the pitch with here. That would be fantastic.

Katherine was unbelievable with the new ball on Monday. Her knocking over the Bryce sisters was a key part of that win, and we fought hard from then on to defend 152.

I have loved my first three weeks with the squad. It has gone really quick so far given the amount of training we have done and then the two games at the weekend.

I was in a hotel when I arrived, but I have just moved in with Cecilia (Allen, the cricket operations manager at Emerald Headingley).

She was very good to me last summer, so I’m really looking forward to the next few months on and off the field.


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