It’s been a busy couple of months since the last Deller’s diary. We met in Dubai in the middle of January for a preparation camp ahead of the Qualifiers in February. For anyone who thinks we were away on a holiday you are sorely mistaken. After arriving in Dubai the next ten days we spent training like professional athletes. We were up at 7am for monitoring every morning followed by conditioning sessions, centre wicket/net practices along with high intensity fielding sessions. It was then back to the hotel for a pool recovery session. During this time we played two games against Scotland and I was really happy with how everyone performed.
With two wins under our belt it was time to fly to Sri Lanka and I felt the team were prepared and focused on what was ahead. As expected the schedule was full on and we played our first warm up game a couple of days after we arrived. Warm up games in these tournaments are key as the playing conditions are very different to what we experience back home. Once the group stage started the games flew in and any time we had off was spent resting and completing recovery sessions with Adam. After beating Zimbabwe and Thailand we were through to the Super Sixes where we played South Africa, India and Pakistan. We were disappointed with the overall result as our aim was to qualify and unfortunately that did not happen. We did retain ODI status and played good cricket at times both as individuals and as a team. Robyn Lewis made her ODI debut against Zimbabwe and Amy Kenealy was presented with her 50th cap in this game which is a brilliant achievement. Following our final game against South Africa Clare Shillington announced her retirement from 50 over cricket. Clare has been a role model for many of us along with being a huge asset both on and off the pitch and we are delighted that she has made the decision to continue playing T20 cricket. We were very fortunate to have family and friends over to support us, it meant a lot and we really appreciated it. A few days after the tournament the majority of the squad departed for Ireland whilst myself, Shauna and Mary flew back to Australia.
What’s next for the Irish team?
Lucy, Gaby and Robyn are back at school. Amy, Kim and Louise went back to college whilst everyone else returned to work. The squad had a couple of weeks off before returning to gym and skills training this week. Mary, Shauna and myself have a few more games left before the season finishes and we head back home. May will be a busy month for the team as we travel to South Africa to play against Zimbabwe, India and South Africa in a quadrangular series. It’s brilliant to have more games against the top sides, we learned a lot in Sri Lanka and hopefully we can take this forward into the next tournament. Not only will we be busy with international fixtures but our Super Three campaign kicks off again in May. Be sure to get on board the dragon wagon as we aim to make it two in a row.
That’s all for now,