I'm back in Oz and this time I am staying in Melbourne for the summer. I have always wanted to visit Melbourne.
On arrival it was a question of sorting out my unfurnished apartment. I did want to rent somewhere fully furnished but was unable to find somewhere that would accept a six month lease. So it took a few days to sort out some basics and rent some furniture.
I am staying near Albert Park in this block.
The view from my unit.
Roof terrace views.
Some wine tasting and scenic trips are also on the cards.
I am interested in both men and women's cricket and there are quite a few Big Bash League (BBL) matches here. Can you believe that the last BBL match that I attended in Adelaide back in January was actually rained off. The driest capital of the driest Australian state and the match was called off. There is also the inaugural Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) and I will be attending the local matches.
After the first few days of mainly logistics and dealing with jet lag, I decided to just watch cricket on my first Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday I got the tram to the CBD and then had a pleasant walk alongside the Yarra River to the MCG.
On Sunday, it was slightly warmer and the wind had reduced too.
I was off by tram to watch a match at Toorak Park between two Victoria Premier Women's teams.
A couple of English players were taking part. Danni Wyatt who is in the England squad was playing for Plenty Valley and Izzy Westbury (Captain of Middlesex Women's team) was playing for Prahan. Although I had seen Danni Wyatt play before, I had not seen Izzy in action on the field. I had heard her in commentary during the Women's Ashes series in England. She did sound extremely knowledgeable. I was not sure what to make of her plummy accent.
Anyway here are the teams just before the start of the match.
It was Izzy Westbury's turn to bowl her spin.
The final tally for Plenty Valley.
Jess Cameron was off to a steady start, but Emma Inglis lost her wicket quite early. They had moved Izzy up the order.