I don't actually know how interesting this will be. I suppose, for those of you unfortunate enough not to live in a cricket-playing country, it won't mean a great deal. For those not interested in sport, and in particular cricket, it's not going to mean much either. But, I'm hanging all my hopes on the fact that you might still be interested in the pictures for their own sake. I have to admit to being quite proud of some of them, whether they are wee portraits, action shots or just atmospheric images to give a feel of the occasion.
I'm sure I've said this many times, but I want to be a better photographer and I want to broaden my photographic horizons, and I have a big hang-up when it comes to taking photos of people. So, events like this allow me the luxury of having loads of people in front of me, all being looked at by lots of other people. This puts them in the bracket of....on display. So I feel that I can take photos quite happily without the need to crawl into my shell and refuse to be noticed.
Last year I took photos at some of the games played at Taunton for the women's Twenty20 World Cup. I enjoyed it so much, and was really pleased with some of the results that I wanted another go. That combined with the fact that I am the friend of one of the members of the England Women's cricket team, that they were playing this match against New Zealand (divided loyalties on my part) and, hey presto, I just had to go along.
I hope you like what I did, and I'd be happy to explain any aspects of the game if you're curious. I think I'll just let the photos stand up for themselves.
|This is Sarah Taylor, the England wicket-keeper, and Charlotte Edwards, the England captain, practicing before the match.|