Friday 22 February 2008 

The Heat Is On - Ebony Rainford-Brent

I hit club training on Wednesday night, having got there early with Dan, we had a session beforehand. A few of the club people were watching, including some Under-16s. As I came out of the net and took my helmet off a young blonde boy said: "Oh, it's a girl!"

While taking off my pads he approached me and dared me to have a net, saying: "I bet we can get you out," so I said "Game on." It's not the first such challenge – while I can't speak for all female players, there is a certain responsibility to represent women's cricket and I like the battle. Anyway, he added: "But it's Twenty20 mode," so I joked, cheekily: "Even better, I'll smack you out of the park!"

Sizing them up quickly - an inswinger, a seamer and a few spinners – I played sensibly for a few overs, although being bowled by a inswinging yorker early doors. I hit my groove though and felt like Viv Richards, deciding to tell the bowlers where I was going to hit them before I did so. A bit cocky but it riled them up...

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