Women's World Cup, 2009 March 19, 2009

World Cup final - here we come

What a game
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What a game! We have made it to the World Cup final in quite some style. I am particularly chuffed about Suzie Bates’ 168 and our world-record stand – highest for the second wicket in women’s ODI. Her effort was fantastic, she is a very clean hitter of the ball and began very aggressively. The lightning quick outfield just made things a little easier. Some of her six sixes – another record – went right out the park and I can tell you that’s a pure joy to watch. But we didn’t get distracted by getting fours and sixes and also concentrated on accumulating singles. Looking back, 400 was possible but we were just looking to get as many runs as possible.

Our batting is peaking at the right time and today we didn’t mess around with the line-up much. It’s a settled batting order which makes me feel at ease ahead of meeting England. I know we took 48 overs to bowl Pakistan out but it doesn’t worry me – their openers batted really well and the rest of the line-up hardly played any shots to give us a chance. There is still some concern over the fielding – we conceded many overthrows today – and that is an area we really need to work on.

Rebecca Rolls, our former keeper, is holidaying in Australia right now and I must say she timed it well! She has always been a great supporter and morale-booster for us since she retired, always sending us texts and emails encouraging us. She is spending time with the team right now and was part of the side that rattled up 455 against Pakistan in 1997. How cool would that have been? She was certainly pleased by the show we put up.

We have been getting a lot of support from back home as well. The media coverage in New Zealand for the World Cup has been a lot more this time. There has also been an overwhelming response on our message board on the New Zealand Cricket website. But the most heartwarming and inspiring reactions have come from the New Zealand troops out in Afghanistan. The soldiers fighting there have told us they are following our campaign keenly and that is a great lift for us. We always feel proud representing our country, but moments like this make it truly special.

Looking ahead to the final, I know England have beaten us earlier in the tournament but we do not fear them at all. They have a good all-round team, a great balance of youngsters and experience but we are ready for them. Bring ‘em on, I say! While the response back home has been encouraging, I’m not sure how our performance will impact New Zealand cricket, women’s in particular. I know the board has put in plans for developing the women’s game but are contracts on the horizon? I can’t really say. New Zealand is a sport-loving country and a small one, with a population of four million, so it really feels great to represent it.

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  • Senthil on March 21, 2009, 8:17 GMT

    As said earlier in your previous blog;

    You are just one game away. (Dhoni's Mantra): Every game is new game. Start from the Scratch.

    Your hands will soon hold the World Cup.

    - Cheerz.

  • awais on March 20, 2009, 14:53 GMT

    how to play cricket ..everyone should learn from u girls..amazing performance..i wish u all best of luck for the final...I LOVE CRICKET...

  • Jenny on March 20, 2009, 9:46 GMT

    Yes, don't overlook your ton, Haidee! It was a quality knock but, my, Suzie Bates' innings was something special, wasn't it? This cup has been a great ad for the game, as they say. Should be a great final - really looking forward to it.

  • Rakesh Kothari on March 20, 2009, 5:53 GMT

    Congrats for this remarkable victory. Suzie Bates’ really done a good job. Please keep it up this spirit for the final and Best of luck for the Final.

  • M. Chithambaradhas on March 20, 2009, 4:15 GMT

    Awesome display girls, have been following your games online and on telly when shown, hopefully you can inspire our lads playing India!! Would've loved to watched yesterdays blitz by Suzie. Bring it home for us all. Cheers

  • Umer on March 19, 2009, 18:20 GMT

    Being a Pakistani living in UK, Still i would love you guys to win the cup. gr8 keep the spirit high.

  • Sean on March 19, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    Awesome display girls, have been following your games online and on telly when shown, hopefully you can inspire our lads playing India!! Would've loved to watched yesterdays blitz by Suzie. Bring it home for us all. Cheers

  • Satya on March 19, 2009, 17:18 GMT

    Congrats... good luck for final...

  • Ashwin on March 19, 2009, 11:08 GMT

    Well done girls and good luck for the finals. As you said in your blog too, do not fear England. Their last game tells that they too are not invincibles. Go with full focus into the final. The cup will be yours

  • malcolm jacobson on March 19, 2009, 9:35 GMT

    Dont overlook your own hundred. You did well too. Congrats on reaching the final. Really hope you win

  • Senthil on March 21, 2009, 8:17 GMT

    As said earlier in your previous blog;

    You are just one game away. (Dhoni's Mantra): Every game is new game. Start from the Scratch.

    Your hands will soon hold the World Cup.

    - Cheerz.

  • awais on March 20, 2009, 14:53 GMT

    how to play cricket ..everyone should learn from u girls..amazing performance..i wish u all best of luck for the final...I LOVE CRICKET...

  • Jenny on March 20, 2009, 9:46 GMT

    Yes, don't overlook your ton, Haidee! It was a quality knock but, my, Suzie Bates' innings was something special, wasn't it? This cup has been a great ad for the game, as they say. Should be a great final - really looking forward to it.

  • Rakesh Kothari on March 20, 2009, 5:53 GMT

    Congrats for this remarkable victory. Suzie Bates’ really done a good job. Please keep it up this spirit for the final and Best of luck for the Final.

  • M. Chithambaradhas on March 20, 2009, 4:15 GMT

    Awesome display girls, have been following your games online and on telly when shown, hopefully you can inspire our lads playing India!! Would've loved to watched yesterdays blitz by Suzie. Bring it home for us all. Cheers

  • Umer on March 19, 2009, 18:20 GMT

    Being a Pakistani living in UK, Still i would love you guys to win the cup. gr8 keep the spirit high.

  • Sean on March 19, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    Awesome display girls, have been following your games online and on telly when shown, hopefully you can inspire our lads playing India!! Would've loved to watched yesterdays blitz by Suzie. Bring it home for us all. Cheers

  • Satya on March 19, 2009, 17:18 GMT

    Congrats... good luck for final...

  • Ashwin on March 19, 2009, 11:08 GMT

    Well done girls and good luck for the finals. As you said in your blog too, do not fear England. Their last game tells that they too are not invincibles. Go with full focus into the final. The cup will be yours

  • malcolm jacobson on March 19, 2009, 9:35 GMT

    Dont overlook your own hundred. You did well too. Congrats on reaching the final. Really hope you win

  • Murtaza Maqbool on March 19, 2009, 9:12 GMT

    despite being a pakistani, I must say u played really well, n I pray that u beat Enland in the finals..

  • Dennis on March 19, 2009, 8:58 GMT

    Congratulations on such a comprehensive victory and best of luck in the final!

  • naveed on March 19, 2009, 8:52 GMT

    welldone girls...win it for ur country...! high five...

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  • naveed on March 19, 2009, 8:52 GMT

    welldone girls...win it for ur country...! high five...

  • Dennis on March 19, 2009, 8:58 GMT

    Congratulations on such a comprehensive victory and best of luck in the final!

  • Murtaza Maqbool on March 19, 2009, 9:12 GMT

    despite being a pakistani, I must say u played really well, n I pray that u beat Enland in the finals..

  • malcolm jacobson on March 19, 2009, 9:35 GMT

    Dont overlook your own hundred. You did well too. Congrats on reaching the final. Really hope you win

  • Ashwin on March 19, 2009, 11:08 GMT

    Well done girls and good luck for the finals. As you said in your blog too, do not fear England. Their last game tells that they too are not invincibles. Go with full focus into the final. The cup will be yours

  • Satya on March 19, 2009, 17:18 GMT

    Congrats... good luck for final...

  • Sean on March 19, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    Awesome display girls, have been following your games online and on telly when shown, hopefully you can inspire our lads playing India!! Would've loved to watched yesterdays blitz by Suzie. Bring it home for us all. Cheers

  • Umer on March 19, 2009, 18:20 GMT

    Being a Pakistani living in UK, Still i would love you guys to win the cup. gr8 keep the spirit high.

  • M. Chithambaradhas on March 20, 2009, 4:15 GMT

    Awesome display girls, have been following your games online and on telly when shown, hopefully you can inspire our lads playing India!! Would've loved to watched yesterdays blitz by Suzie. Bring it home for us all. Cheers

  • Rakesh Kothari on March 20, 2009, 5:53 GMT

    Congrats for this remarkable victory. Suzie Bates’ really done a good job. Please keep it up this spirit for the final and Best of luck for the Final.