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Highs and lows of T20

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Twenty20s were coming thick and fast! This time we were at the Rose Bowl and bowling first on a good track.

We got the early wicket we were looking for with Katherine Brunt bowling a quick bouncer at New Zealand captain Aimee Watkins which she pulled straight down fine-leg’s throat. (We love it when a plan comes together!)

From 10 for one they quickly got up to 100 and made batting look easy. Danni Hazel bowled well in the middle overs and was rewarded with a wicket.

Suzie Bates on 68 hit the ball straight to mid-on who had an easy catch. Shortly after Brunt ran Sara McGlashan out from the boundary which got us back in the game.

They finished with 147 for eight which was a good score but one we knew we could chase down as it was such a good wicket.

We had a strange start to our innings when Sarah Taylor smashed the ball straight, which was a brilliant shot but the bowler got a hand to it and the ball bounced onto the stumps which resulted in Charlotte Edwards getting run out without facing a ball.

We were quickly reduced to 39 for four as Sian Ruck got through our top order. Sarah and I managed to keep us in the game and Sarah brought up her fifty, but after getting the run rate to a run a ball I was caught at cover for 24 and from there we lost a few quick wickets which saw us fall five runs short.

We were all disappointed as we knew we didn't play our best cricket but came so close and were in a winning position with five overs to go. We now needed to put in a solid performance the very next day at Hove.

We drove to Hove straight after the game. Before we knew it we were back on deck and Brunt was ready to bowl the first ball.

Rachel Priest & Jenny Gunn

Jenny Gunn goes long at the Rose Bowl but was unable to haul England up to the winning target of 148 in a crucial New Zealand victory

Hove was a nightmare for me personally as I always moan about running long-on to long-on. Well Hove has a massive hill which I ended up feeling like I was running in treacle by the end of our 20 overs.

Brunt bowled well early on and gave away nothing and the Kiwi openers looked to be struggling.

With their slow start they brought up there 50 partnership, something had to give and it was with the help of the in-form Danni Hazell, who removed Watkins, Bates and McGlashan in no time at all.

We were in complete control of the game and it was only Nicola Browne who came in towards the end and hit 22 off 14 balls which gave them a little bit of momentum and got them up to 124.

Once again it was a good wicket and you would fancy chasing down 125 on it any day, but on this day we were about to struggle big time!

We struggled to get partnerships going and the Kiwis bowled to their planned field and we were chasing the game.

That's one thing we have learnt about Twenty20 cricket - as soon as you have an over where you're not quite up with the run rate, it goes up very quickly!

Sophie Devine and Lucy Doolan took six of our wickets in the middle overs.

Brunt kept us in the game but it wasn't meant to be and we ended up falling nine runs short and losing the series 2-1.

It was a massive disappointment but we now have to get things together and focus on 50-over cricket.

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