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Hannah on high in Dubai

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 February 2015

Hannah Humphreys shows her agility during fielding practice for Essex in the UAE

Hannah Humphreys shows her agility during fielding practice for Essex in the UAE

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Humphreys enjoys Essex under-19 tour

Essex under-19s relax in the sun in the UAEEssex under-19s relax in the sun in the UAE

Harold Wood cricketer Hannah Humphreys had special reason to enjoy the recent half-term break, after spending the week in the Gulf.

Humphreys jetted off with the Essex under-19 women’s squad to play in the MCC Arch Trophy and had a great experience, judging by her exclusive tour diary.

Day 1: We arrived at the hotel in Abu Dhabi at roughly 7am after a long and tiresome flight. We were served a huge cooked breakfast then walked down to the beach for a while, before spending the morning in the pool cooling off.

Essex under-19s face the camera in the UAEEssex under-19s face the camera in the UAE

Later in the day we had a three-hour training session to prepare for our first game and then went out for a team in the evening at the local mall.

Early to bed ahead of the big match against Wales!

Day 2: Had breakfast at 8am then headed of to the ground. Wales batted first and scored 159 all out. We needed two runs off the last ball, but unfortunately only managed 158-9, with Jess Bird on 50 not out, so it was a very long and close game.

I batted fifth and managed to score 18 runs, a good base for the rest of the tournament.

After the match we headed straight back to the hotel and into the pool to cool off and soothe our muscles.

We then had a buffet dinner in the hotel restaurant and an early night as our next game was the big one against the local UAE team in Dubai Stadium!

Day 3: Early start, up at 6:30am for breakfast! Left the hotel at 8am for the two-hour jouney into Dubai.

We fielded first and bowled the UAE team out for 149, with Poppy Timson getting a five-for.

We then produced an excellent batting performance, with Mady Villiers and Kelly Castle scoring half-centuries as we beat their score in 28 overs.

After the match we headed straight to the Dubai mall to watch the fountains, see the Burj Khalifa and have a team meal. We also shopped at one of the biggest sweets shops I’ve ever been in!

Day 4: A rest day! We chilled round the pool in the morning then went to the beach for lunch. We swam out into the sea, did plenty of sunbathing and played some volleyball! In the afternoon we went to desert safari and learnt about the local culture.

Day 5: Another early start, up at 7am for breakfast then headed to the ground for our most important game against Loughborough.

They batted first and got 192, which was a good score for us to chase as they hit over 200 runs while playing other teams.

However we struggled with the heat more than any other day and all felt very drained while batting, meaning we ended up being all out for 82.

We went back to the Yas mall for a team meal afterwards and had an early night.

Day 6: Waterpark day! We had a later start today meaning we got to rest in the morning (which everyone was happy about!). Then at about 11am we headed off to the Yas Waterpark which was a great way to spend one of the hottest days of the week.

All the girls really enjoyed themselves on the rides and even managed to drag some of the coaches on as well!

Day 7: Our last game against the UAE team. We won the toss and chose to bat first.

I opened the batting with Neha and managed to get a respectable 36 runs under terrible conditions. The match was nearly called off due to a sandstorm!

In the end we got 232 and bowled the UAE team out for around 80 so a good end to the tour!

We then went straight from the match to the Dubai mall to have our last team meal before heading off to the airport for our flight home.


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