EMP Adventures continue in India
Melbourne's oldest women's cricket club, Essendon Maribyrnong Park continued their adventures throughout India, moving on from Delhi to the capital city of Tamil Nadu - Chennai.
Melbourne's oldest women's cricket club, Essendon Maribyrnong Park continued their adventures throughout India, moving on from Delhi to the capital city of Tamil Nadu - Chennai. The girls have already played four matches and are slowly becoming more and more accustomed to conditions in the sub-continent. Early starts have filled the tour, with a majority of matches commencing at 7am to avoid the scorching Indian heat. EMP's first match against the Delhi Women's State team saw the girls take to the field first for the hottest day on record since 1945. Restricting the home team to 124 off their 20 overs, EMP's batters succumbed to the heat, posting a total of 91. Eager to familiarise themselves with the conditions before their next encounter with Delhi, EMP took to the field again that evening. Taking on the Viceroy's XI - a team comprising Australian High Commission staff and media personnel, EMP bowlers and DEC Spirit players Briana Binch (2/18) and Kristen Beams (3 wickets) struck hard. Viceroy were still able to amass 163 with EMP falling short again, all out for 126. The girls' final match against Delhi resulted in another loss, but a trip to Chennai saw a strong EMP bowling attack take out a convincing 6-wicket win against the Chennai Women's State team. Captain Molly Strano impressed with her leadership and quick fire 50 which assisted in her team's dominance throughout the match. The touring party will travel to Mumbai tomorrow in preparation for their final match, before commencing some community service work and watching the Pune Warriors take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in Thursday night's IPL showdown.