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Spicing it up in Fat Buddha

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We arrived in Durham for our first Twenty20 against the West Indies and the sun was shining which was a surprise of a few of the southern girls.

We had a good training session at South Northumberland Cricket Club and everyone looked in good form until Arran smashed a ball into the top corner of the metal frame which resulted in part of the net falling down. I've never seen her move so fast as she dived on the floor!

In the evening we all went out for Holly's birthday to a place called Fat Buddha and it's safe to say it’s one of the best Thai restaurants I've been too.

Holly did make me laugh though when she said she was trying to get used to spicy food ready for Sri Lanka and then ordered a dish with no spice in it.

We were all raring to go in our first game and couldn't wait to get on the pitch as we had a bit of a point to prove against the West Indies from our last encounter in 2010.

We got straight in the game when Katherine Brunt got two early wickets. At ten overs they had only managed to get to 35 for four and we just ground them down with some great spin bowling in the middle. They set us just 72 runs to win.

We got off to a flyer with both Laura Marsh and Charlotte Edwards hitting the ball to all areas and we knocked the runs off for two wickets to go one-up in the series.

I was slightly distracted in the dug out when Arran sat down not realising someone had left one of their gels open on the seat and got it all over her playing trousers. She isn't having too much luck this tour.

We travelled straight after the game to Manchester as it was a quick turnaround before our next game.

Tammy Beaumont, Anya Shrubsole & Jenny Gunn

Anya Shrubsole's diving catch in the second Twenty20 at Old Trafford was one of the best catches I have ever seen

A few of us went out for dinner with our old England team-mates Isa and Ebony and it was really nice to catch up with them and hear what it’s like commentating rather than playing.

At Old Trafford we avoided the rain and got off to another good start this time batting first. A wicket brought the dangerous Sarah Taylor in and it wasn't too long before her trademark shot over extra cover off one leg came out.

She ended up smashing 53 off just 37 balls as we set the West Indies a target of 151.

Fair play to West Indies as they tried to keep up with the rate although they might think to wear a helmet next game after Anya got one right past Nero’s nose.

We were doing well but the dangerous Dottin came in at five and we knew she could cause an upset.

She was striking the ball well and smashed a ball flat towards mid-off. I was running to get the ball from the boundary thinking that's where it was going - that was until Anya dived full length Jonty Rhodes style and caught the ball one handed. It was the best catch I've seen in a long while.

Playing in front of the Sky cameras as double-headers with England men has been great but now we move to Northampton where we will be looking to wrap up the series ahead of the final two matches at Hove and Arundel.