Saturday, December 12, 2015

Pensioner's Saturday night in

It is Saturday and early evening.
I have made myself a homemade pizza whilst enjoying a cool beer.
While I would love to be at the WBBL matches taking place in Tasmania and Perth, I am actually here in Melbourne.
So the best I can do is watch the scores tickover on my iPad.
I have been following the fortunes of the Hobart Hurricanes ably captained by the English vice captain Heather Knight. They are playing their third game having won the first two against the Melebourne Renegades. They are embarking on their second match of the day against tough opposition in the form of the Adelaide Strikers. I was in Adelaide back in January and I saw these ladies in action and was pretty impressed.
Crikey, Heather Knight has got her work cut out here with three ducks from her top order batsmen.

Meanwhile, what on earth is going on in the other match at Perth. I see that Grace Harris has scored 103 of just 55 balls with 4 sixes and 14 fours. The Sydney Sixers must be in shock. I reckon that I can predict the result of this match.

Heather Knight managed 50 runs and had good backup from Emma Thompson (I thought that she was an actress) who scored 41. A total of 117 runs looks very good considering the collapse of most of the top order.

Meanwhile, back in Perth, The Sydney Sixers did amazingly well to get 155 runs, especially the 61 achieved by Sara McGlashan but they were always going to fall short of the 190 clocked up by the Brisbane Heat.

Back in Launceston, The Adelaide Strikers could not quite get the required run total, and Heather Knight's Hobart Hurricanes made it an excellent 3 wins from 3 matches.

I am looking forward to seeing some of the remaining matches live in Melbourne.


Being in Melbourne

It feels great to have Melbourne at my fingertips.
Every day I can look out of the window, see what the weather is doing and then decide on a framework for the day.
A walk around Albert Park Lake is always good.

 A trip to a Melbourne store for some shopping
Bourke Street is traffic free apart from trams

My local tram stop. There seem to be several tram departures every minute.
Animal shapes in the Botanical Gardens
Christmas is approaching in Melbourne
A lego tree at Federation Square
An eight out on the Yarra.
I went to the Albert Ground near Melbourne University to watch a T20 cricket match between Melbourne and Dandenong. This was the first outing for Natalie Sciver playing for Dandenong and probably still jetlagged after arriving from England.
Dandenong won this T20 match
By the lake in the Botanical Gardens
My favourite store in the whole world.
The trams sometimes have their own space and are sometimes in the High Street.
One of the piers at St Kilda.
Cactus are flowering in the gardens.
Impressive seed pods
A reminder of home with these two Scotties, Nessie and Gordon.
The yacht pontoons at St Kilda
Must be a great place to sail from.
The inaugural Women's Big Bash League WBBL match at the Junction Oval
The Melbourne Stars were playing the Brisbane Heat.
Starman and Stargirl were there.
The Melbourne Stars won both of the two T20 matches with Meg Lanning picking up the Player of the Match award on each occasion. Natalie Sciver (from the England cricket squad) was playing for the Stars and scored the first six of the tournament.
I saw this floating by early on a Monday morning,
Moments later in landed a few hundred metres away in Albert Park.
A view of the city from a distance.
Jacaranda looking magnificent.
Tourists can take a ride in a horse drawn carriage.
Queen Victoria looking stately
Rowing practice.
Agapanthus in full bloom.
Ferry across the ditch.
I notice that it can be hot one day and cold the next here in Melbourne but I am sure that I will get used to it.