Blog - Fiona Urquhart returns to Australia
The first in a series of blogs by members of the Scottish Wildcats spending their winters in warmer climes. First up is Fiona Urquhart blogging from Australia.
So I'm back out in Sydney for another crack at first grade cricket here. This time I'm staying slap bang in the middle of the city with my fella and for this reason, I've moved clubs to one nearer by and now turn out for Sydney CC or the Tigers as we are known as.
First game of the season was a T20 day out at my old club Campbelltown with all of our teams competing there on the day. It was the first time I would get to meet my new club mates and Aussie internationalists Alyssa Healy and Erin Osbourne (Elyse Perry also plays for the Tigers but she's currently tied up with her football as well as cricket).
I did my usual, got nervous, tried to make a big impression first up and got out cheaply. I felt much better after we fielded, as I got to know my teammates a bit more, and we went on to win the game against last years champions so a strong start to the season.
Since then I've had a couple of good T20 innings scoring 30odd and feeling very comfortable at the crease. I enjoy the pace of the wickets out here and I've been playing a lot straighter than I did In our summer. I've also been turning the old arm over and turning it square (I wish) picking up a few wickets. The old school dinners (spinners) have been coming out alright which is a nice surprise.
The standard out here is really good and it's been a great challenge facing some quality bowlers, as well as bowling and fielding against some very talented batters. There's very little margin for error - if you bowl a bad ball, you get hit...very hard...and a very long way. Batters have the ability to turn good balls into bad balls and the running between the wickets is exceptional. I've seen girls take some extraordinary catches and the bowlers get their line and lengths spot on with very few loose balls to get away - I've loved every minute of it so far.
The Tiger girls are a great bunch - good banter, great spirit on the field and enjoy playing together as a team.
Bring on the rest of the season!