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Jenny Gunn

England all-rounder Jenny Gunn appeals during the one-day series with India

We all met up at Bristol on 28 August and had a good training session before our biggest game of the summer against India.

Our firsth ODI was at Bath cricket club and the summer had returned with the sun shining. India won the toss and chose to bat first.

Nunny [Katherine Brunt] set the tone in her very first over by bowling some sharp, short balls which hit one of the batters - that put them on the back foot.

Isa [Guha] helped reduce them to four for two with two wickets in two balls which gave our team a massive buzz. Batters coming in struggled to get through our field and when they tried something different we were ready for them. We managed to pick up wickets through the pressure we built.

Holly removed Raj for 45 and from there Nunny and I managed to clean up the tail and bowled them out for 124.

We made a solid start and managed to take the sting out of the Indian opening bowlers. When Squirt [Sarah Taylor] was out Tayls [Claire Taylor] entered and put on a 50 partnership before Shaggy [Caroline Atkins] was run out for 45.

Lottie and Tayls finished the game off and we won by eight wickets which was a great start to our Indian leg of the tour.

We were soon back on the road travelling down to Taunton, the Home of Women’s Cricket, and our day of summer had quickly been replaced by heavy rain which resulted in another indoor session.

Lottie won the toss ahead of the second ODI and chose to bowl first as there was a bit of rain about. Nunny got a wicket with the second ball of the game before the rain sent us to the changing rooms.

Once we restarted they were quickly sent to 11 for four with Nunny and Isa not giving the batters anything.

The Indians struggled and once Holly [Colvin] came on to bowl in the middle of the innings she caused problems and quickly picked up 4-20. We bowled them out for 103.

Squirt and Shaggy set off playing very aggressively and Squirt got into the record books by becoming the youngest player at 19 to pass 1,000 runs, beating Raj’s previous record. Once again we kept the opening bowlers out which quietened them. Squirt brought up 50 in no time and finished on 75 with Shaggy the other end on 25 for us to win by ten wickets and go 2-0 up.

We had a rest day and it was really nice to do nothing, just chill and relax.

Sulakshana Naik & Sarah Taylor

Opening batter Sarah Taylor became the youngest player to reach 1,000 runs in ODIs

That evening we had a special guest - Somerset's Omari Banks - who was going to sing and play his guitar for us. I must say he was pretty good we could have listened to him all evening.

Megs, our manager, also set up a team competition. We all had to bring in a baby picture which were put on the wall and we all had to guess who was who. It was so funny how some people haven’t changed and yet some have changed so much you can’t even recognise them. The winners were Laney [Mark Lane] and Sue [Hughes] who clearly know the team the best.

The rain returned for our third ODI which was again at Taunton. We were bowling first and were just getting set up in the field for the first ball when the heavens opened and it was a sprint to the changing rooms.

We were off the field for a couple of hours before the Indians were given 38 overs to bat.

Nunny continued her fine bowling form with 1-10 off her eight overs. We only managed to pick up two wickets but still kept the runs down and they set us 126.

The rain came back once again and we were set a revised target of 98 runs in 21 overs.

We had a little change in the batting order, going for our Twenty20 line-up with Lottie opening with Squirt. We had a decent start before Squirt ran herself out for 24. Tayls once again came in and scored at just under a run a ball for 29 and with Lydia [Greenway] who hit a quickfire 18, finished the game off with around 12 balls to spare.