Gunn fires spinning shot
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England seamer Jenny Gunn has deferred to her spin bowling team-mates - believing they hold the key to defeating New Zealand’s big hitters in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 at Lord’s.
Gunn, 23, the Nottinghamshire all-rounder, believes the burly White Ferns batsmen, embodied by semi-final star Aimee Watkins, could find Laura Marsh and Holly Colvin tough to handle.
Off-spinner Marsh was particularly economical in the semi-final victory over Australia, her four overs going for just 12 runs and taking the key wicket of Leah Poulton after the openers’ initial powerplay blast.
“Our plan is to keep it tight to Aimee Watkins,” Gunn told ECBtv. “They’ve got some long levers and some big girls in there, so the first six overs will be especially key.
“They’re not the best at playing spin so that’s the time we’ll look to pressurise them. Both of our spinners have been bowling really well, especially Laura Marsh.”
Unlike most of her team-mates, Gunn did not lift the Women's World Cup at the North Sydney Oval in March - she was left out of the side that beat the White Ferns in a close final.
“I’m really lucky that I’ve got a second chance," said Gunn. "It was a hard decision and I was so happy to be a part of that team.
“I haven’t had too much to do this time around. Tails (Claire Taylor) just smashed it yesterday really. Then in terms of bowling, the spinners have done all the work.”