By Linsey Smith
We may be relying on a lot to happen to get ourselves through to the finals of the Big Bash, but we have certainly not given up hope.
We need to win our last two games this weekend and hope for other results to go our way. The situation is clearly not ideal, but we’re looking to put in a couple of good performances and do as much as we can for the Melbourne Stars.
It’s been a pretty hit and miss campaign for us so far, and I think the girls would be the first to hold their hands up and admit that.
We’ve probably turned up for the bigger games and then not put our foot on the throat as much for the so called easier games.
Thankfully, we play the two teams directly above us in the table, Perth and Adelaide, so that gives us hope.
In terms of my own performances (five wickets across nine games with an economy rate of 5.75 runs per over), I’m pretty chuffed to be fair.
Coming into this competition I was a bit nervous and unsure how I’d go. But I’ve loved every single part of it. It’s been amazing.
To be a part of another close-knit group with the Stars has been special, the competition’s been great, and I’m happy with how I’ve been bowling. Aside from a few more wins, I couldn’t have asked for much more.
I’ve definitely improved as a bowler, and it’s been tactically as much as anything.
It’s made me think about different plans.
Facing different batters in different conditions is not really something I’ve explored before because you’re set in your ways in England and know what you’re doing more. But coming out here, I’ve had to explore different options and different aspects of my game. That’s been really rewarding.
The scheduling has been a bit manic with a lot of back-to-back games in the early stages of the competition.
But that has led to us having the last week or so off.
We’re now based in Adelaide having moved from Hobart, and it’s been quite nice to have a bit of downtime, to stop and actually enjoy what I’m doing.
We’ve had a few team activities with the girls.
We had a little crack at surfing the other morning, and I’ll be the first to admit I was the last one in and the first one out!
I was a bit nervous and wasn’t sure it was going to be for me being from the Oxfordshire countryside and all. But I gave it a five-minute crack and ticked it off the bucket list.
I have to say I did up my game, though, when we got to the Glenelg Bowls Club later in the day.
Since my last blog, four new contracts have been announced back at home with the Diamonds; Bess Heath, Sterre Kalis, Katie Levick and Rachel Slater. It’s fantastic news.
I’ve been pretty vocal about the aim of getting 15 girls contracted for each team, so to have eight is definitely good progress.
We’ve had a good couple of years at the Diamonds, and we want to push on from that as much as we can. This is a massive stepping stone for us as a region.
I’m delighted for my fellow spinner Katie Levick.
I know it’s something she’s really wanted and has worked incredibly hard for.
We have worked really well together over the last couple of summers, and hopefully we can keep working as a partnership through the middle overs, learn from each other and get the results we want.
But, as I sit here in the sunshine, I have to say I’m not too envious of the girls having returned to pre-season training back at home.
I know they had a bit of fitness testing last week, and I’m certainly not disappointed I missed that!