Tour diary: Typical weather greeted us at Heathrow

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Thursday, July 11, 2002, 18:07 [IST]
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July 9th: It's about four days since we set foot in England. Cricket wise there hardly been much to write about but otherwise it has been pleasant thus far.

We were greeted with typical English weather at Heathrow - chilly and windy conditions with persistent drizzle. We were then boarded on to a luxurious bus to take us across to the Isle of Wight - we were being ferried for a part of the journey.

It took us four hours in all to reach our finally destination. We reached pretty late in the evening and by the time we settled in our rooms it was time to say goodnight.

The next day we managed a little bit of practice - mainly fitness and fielding. We could not get a net session, as the wickets were all wet due to a lot of rain through the week.

Nevertheless we managed to limber up and did sufficient for a first day practice of a 6-week long tour. We actually did manage a little bit of a batting practice on a matting wicket.

July 7: The whole of next day was rained off and our only practice match before our first One-dayer was down the drain.

July 8: Most of the day was spent packing up and moving over to Jersy, where we are scheduled to play our first two One-dayers in which we take on England in the pipe- opener on 10 July followed by the world champions New Zealand the very next day.

All three teams were hosted to an official dinner and a lot of entertainment that evening and we returned to our hotel rooms a tired lot at around 11:30 pm - after all the travelling we had done.

July 9: Fortunately we had some lovely weather for the first time. We got in some good practice and were looking good to take on England.


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