Rachel Scholes Blog from Sydney
Wildcat Rachel Scholes has written a blog on her experience with WWBBL side the Sydney Sixers before heading out to Bangladesh.
After some uneventful flights I landed in Sydney at 6.30am. Only slightly tired I met the Sixers coach Ben in the arrivals hall and we set off straight for a training session!
Due to the test match being on at the SCG we were out of the city to a facility owned by New South Wales Cricket. As far as facilities go these were pretty good. Unfortunately, it appeared I brought the rain with me and the torrential down pours meant we had to train indoors.
Meeting the players was daunting but they were all really nice and I felt comfortable pretty quickly. It was a simple training session with nets and a game to finish but the intensity and standard were both high. After training I got to check into my accommodation and battle jet lag to stay awake as long as possible.
The next day was time for a morning gym session. They meet once a week at a college gym with the coach and S&C coach. Here they have personalised training plans to carry out and get to have some time with the S&C coach to ask questions, check technique for movements and improve their individualised programmes.
I got to follow Lisa Sthalekar through her programme with a team bicep and core challenge at the end. It wasn't too tough a session as it's the middle of the season but I was suitable achy the next day.
On Thursday the team travelled to Melbourne to play 4 matches at the weekend. As rookie I don't get to travel so have a few days of spare time. I spent my first day off adventuring to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera house, and my second day off at Bondi beach as the sun decided to come to the party. Some true touristy stuff.
I'm going to spend a lot of time at the SCG this weekend as I get the chance to attend the men's training session on Saturday and I'm going to their game on Sunday. It's their girl’s night out theme on Sunday which they're using to encourage women's and girls cricket so a fitting game to attend I reckon.
The team arrived back on Monday and it was back into training Tuesday. We were finally outside and doing some open wicket training which was really good, getting to see the girls bat and bowl at high intensity was fun. We had another good gym session on the Wednesday with most of the team being in Sydney, it seemed a good bonding session too.
We had to go back inside for training Thursday as the rain unfortunately returned and this was the last chance to prepare for a cricket filled weekend.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday were all game days. We played Hobart Hurricanes on Friday and looked the better team throughout.
Although it was the coldest day in Sydney it was a good game to watch. Saturday saw us take the pitch at the SCG in the Sydney Smash. We played Sydney Thunder in a televised game which was very exciting.
Again we came out on top which was great to do in the home stadium and on TV! Sunday we played Hobart Hurricanes again and it was a much closer game.
After restricting them to 126 we sadly lost early wickets which made the chase interesting. But some late partnerships and a great innings from Sara McGlashan which had some big sixes in saw us get 14 off the last over including 2 runs off the last ball which was very intense. Such a stunning finish was great to watch!
So the team are off to the semi finals so I have one last training session to attend before I leave. Then I'm off to Bangladesh to join the Scotland under 19s as their analyst in their World Cup competition!