Gunn salutes spinners
Jenny Gunn chatted to ECBtv after helping England defeat New Zealand by 31 runs
Jenny Gunn championed England's trio of spinners after they took seven wickets in the 31-run win over New Zealand.
Captain Charlotte Edwards finished with 4-37 to go with her fighting half-century, while Laura Marsh and Holly Colvin claimed three wickets between them but, more importantly, conceded just 52 runs from 20 overs to squeeze the life out of the White Ferns.
"The spinners came on and did a fantastic job," Gunn told ecb.co.uk. "Lot [Edwards] got four-for, Boggy [Marsh] bowled really well and Holly too. The three spinners got us over the line."
Gunn played her part too, smashing an entertaining 22 not out off just 16 balls at the death which included a huge six off Sophie Devine.
She then claimed the important wicket of Suzie Bates just as the all-rounder was beginning to look settled at the crease.
"I was in during the power play so if it was there I got the chance to hit it," she explained. "For me it was really good as they brought the field straight up. I managed to get in and run really well with Beth [Morgan]. We have played club cricket together so we've played a bit together.
"It was a slow wicket and they bowled well early on. We were aiming for 160 or 170 so 200 was brilliant really.
"Lottie batted really well for 50-odd and Beth at the end got a good 30. Every run got us to 200 which we knew would be a tough score to chase down."
While Edwards was the stand-out performer with bat and ball, every player chipped in particularly in the field where England were nothing short of sensational. Their ground fielding was faultless and seven catches were held, Caroline Atkins' tumbling effort on the boundary to dismiss the dangerous Aimee Mason arguably the pick of the bunch.
"It was a great team performance," added Gunn. "Everyone stepped up and did their role. We are over the moon."