Mar 302014

Captain Charlotte Edwards (17) led England to their 86-run target with 24 balls remaining after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.

Sarah Taylor top scored with 36 runs for England and  three wins out of four in the group clinched their place in the semis.

Edwards said: “We had a bit of a blip in the first game but the way we have bounced back and the performances we’ve put in have been  outstanding.

“We are in a good place now going into the semi-final stage of this tournament. We’re showing some really good signs and getting better by the game.

“This is the part of the tournament you look forward to, playing in front of big crowds and on television. That excites our team.”

Earlier, Shashikala Siriwardene with38 not out led the way as Sri Lanka posted a dire total of 85 for 9, leaving England with a great chance to progress.

England bowler Anya Shrubsole, the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with combined figures of 10-57 from 16 overs, again impressed with figures of 3 for 9, with Rebecca Grundy and Jenny Gunn claiming two wickets apiece.

Edwards’ team are joint top of Group B with West Indies, but the latter could still finish as group winners as they have a game in hand.


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Nov 012013
Carry on Abroad

In her latest post from the West Indies, Jenny Gunn blogs on being captain, dreadful karaoke and meeting Brian Lara.

So far there hasn’t been a dull moment since we arrived in the Caribbean – the whole tour has been eventful.

I had the chance to captain for two Twenty20s after Lottie tweaked her hamstring and couldn’t get into third gear while sprinting.

We are unsure if she actually has a third gear but this took her out of the second New Zealand T20 which meant I had to captain. I found it a bit scary to start with but it was actually quite fun.

I did laugh when I was taken into the umpires’ room before the game for a captains’ meeting.

Basically, the game was to be delayed as two of the floodlights weren’t working. It made high catching practice before the game rather dangerous as we had to guess where the ball was coming out of the night sky.

After the game we arrived back at the hotel at 11.45pm just in time to go and watch some baby turtles be put into the ocean. They were born that morning and will return in 25 to 30 years to lay eggs in the exact same spot.

Our last night in Barbados provided some quality entertainment. There was karaoke at the hotel and one of the moments that stood out was a West Indian woman singing The Carpenters. That was a bit different.

It was still going on when I was in bed. At one point I thought I recognised the voices so looked outside to see Danni Wyatt and Tash Farrant singing Backstreet Boys. It’s safe to say they ruined the song and I will never be able to listen to it again.

We then travelled to Trinidad where it seems to be hotter but being the rainy season it isn’t unbearable.

I do feel like I’m in ‘Carry on Abroad’ though. When we arrived we found out the pool has only just been dug out which means we can’t use it. I’m sure it will be nice when it’s finished.

On the morning of the first ODI earlier this week, a man said to me at breakfast: “I hope you’re good at water polo as there’s no chance of playing cricket today.”

Turns out he was right as it didn’t stop raining all day. On a positive note, the rain has filled the pool up.

Last night we were invited to the High Commissioner’s residence for a function. It was nice to get out for the evening and meeting Brian Lara topped it off.

Jul 012013
Ton-up Gunn downs Pakistan

Jenny Gunn’s international-best 5-22, including her 100th one-day international wicket, condemned Pakistan women to a 111-run defeat at Louth, Lincolnshire, in the first of two 50-over games.

Gunn’s opening victim was the tourists’ top-scorer Javeria Khan, for 39. The seamer then proceeded to demolish the rest of the order – her third victim Bismah Maroof was the landmark breakthrough – and bettered her previous finest figures of 5-31, which also came in an ODI, as the tourists slumped from 101 for two to 116 all out.

Home captain Charlotte Edwards, who chose to bat first, had typically underpinned England’s innings with 83 from the top of the order. She put on 112 for the first wicket with Arran Brindle, who hit 55 before Lydia Greenway made 38 not out of 227 for seven.

Edwards and Brindle set the tone in England’s first game since their third-placed World Cup finish during February. They were not parted until the 31st over when Sadia Yousuf had the latter stumped for the first of three wickets – the second of which was Sarah Taylor for 16 and the last Heather Knight for 16.

Between times Danni Wyatt went cheaply and Edwards was bowled by Sumaiya Siddiqi. Although debutant Lauren Winfield and Natalie Sciver made little impact with the bat, Greenway showed her experience with her runs occupying just 29 balls.

Javeria Khan and Nahida Khan shared an opening stand worth 52 for Pakistan but, after the latter was run out and Nain Abidi fell for nought, Gunn removed the former. She struck again later in the over by having Nida Dar stumped for a duck.

Once Sana Mir was caught behind off the miserly Danni Hazell for nought, Gunn made it four wickets in two overs by having Maroof caught behind and Batool Fatima lbw. Qanita Jalil was her fifth wicket shortly before Pakistan were dismissed in the 42nd over with eight tourists scoring four or less.

Gunn said: “I was really pleased today; I think we set the tone and personally it felt good to bowl. We were confident of defending our total but knew we had to bowl to our plans and we broke through at the right time to slow them down.

“I was pleased to be bowling again and to come on, take wickets and to contribute to the team; it’s always nice to take a five-for.”

The sides meet again on Wednesday at Loughborough.

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