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Great start to our international campaign

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We are right in the middle of our English summer, which means we are well into the cricket season and it is all coming thick and fast.

After playing a lot of club, county and Super Fours cricket it was great when we received our phone calls to say we had been selected for the summer series. There were a few changes to the team with Ebony and Lynsey coming back into the team and one new face with Anya, who had just come off a great Super Fours.

Our first challenge was our two ODIs against the West Indies. We met up on July 10 and had our first training session as a team and everyone was looking in good form and everything coming together nicely. After a few team meetings it was clear that everyone was excited about getting on the field and starting our international summer.

Lottie won the toss and chose to bat first. We didn’t really know what to expect from them as our previous game against them was washed out during the World Cup in 2005, but I must say they were on fire in the field.

They were quick to the ball; diving stops which resulted in two run outs. Most of our batters got starts on quite a slow wicket. We were set up nicely on 156 for four with Lottie in on 60 with eight overs left before the rain hit.

What looked like a passing shower turned out to be heavy rain and the game was called off. Not too many times will you see someone making their 50th cap for England and not even take the field, which is what Isa did!

With a lot of hanging around we got some time to watch the men’s Test match and the highlight had to be when one of the West Indians was going on about how fit Stuart Broad was not realising that Gemma (our analyst) was his sister.

Our 2nd ODI, and there was still doubt over whether the weather would hold off. Lottie won the toss again but chose to field first this time. One change in the side with Boggy coming in for Beth. Nunny opened the bowling with Isa and they set the tone for the match.

It was good to see Nunny generating some good pace and Isa nipping the ball around and managing to get the breakthrough - picking up the first three wickets of the game.

Nunny was bowling well the other end and finished with one wicket for only six runs from her six overs. Nic came on 1st change and continue where Nunny had finished. She picked up 1-13 whilst Isa claimed her second five-wicket haul for England with figures of 5-14.

All the bowlers bowled good attacking areas and were backed up well in the field. Holly claimed 2-7 and Boggy one wicket for no runs to bowl the West Indies out for 41.

Squirt opened the batting with Ebony and they never let the bowlers settle with some quick running and aggressive hitting. After 7.5 overs they were both walking off the field, Squirt with 30 and Ebony on five to win the game by 10 wickets.

It’s a great start to our international summer and now look forward to a few more county and club games before South Africa arrive in August.7