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Gunn fired up

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Last Thursday we made the trip to Chelmsford in Essex and our first training session was filled with a little bit more excitement then usual.

We had a middle practice and all our names were put into two hats and you would pick two people out of the first hat to get the first two batters, followed by the next hat to get the bowlers.

It was good as some of us were batting with people we don't normally bat with and even Heather Knight got a bowl after her stint of keeping.

It got very competitive as each batting pair wanted to win and it came down to Charlotte (Edwards) and Katherine (Brunt) needing five off two balls. We had dragged it back really well until Katherine smashed a massive six to win.

We had a few quite days training and preparing for our first game which we were all getting really excited about.

Match day one came around, and we couldn't believe there was some rain in the morning when for the past few days it had been hot and sunny all the time.

We got to the ground early and there was a great buzz going around the ground but especially in our team.

We won the toss and chose to bat and from the first over we knew it was a slow wicket so 120 would be our target score to get.

We lost Sarah (Taylor) early on but Charlotte and Claire (Taylor) battled well and Claire quickly went through the gears to kick on the run-rate.

We finally lost Claire for 34 but Laura (Marsh) came in and injected some energy and scored a quick-fire 18 off only 10 balls including a big six - I still can't believe she can hit a six with those tiny arms.

Lydia Greenway

Player of the match Lydia Greenway took four catches and affected a run out in England's opening win over New Zealand

The in-form Lydia (Greenway) came to the crease and caused the Kiwis even more problems with the left-hand, right-hand combination. Again, we picked up the run-rate and even when we lost two quick wickets we kept the momentum going with some smart hitting which saw us get up to 150.

Everyone was fired up running onto the field and even more pumped when with the second delivery we managed to remove Suzie Bates for nought thanks to a good catch by Lydia off Laura's bowling.

The New Zealand captain (Aimee Watkins) tried to release some pressure we had built and hit a few boundaries, but we missed a chance early on to remove her and for a while it looked like she was going to make us pay.

The Kiwis were a head of us after six overs but we knew once we were out of the powerplay we could spread the field and control the game, which we managed to do really well.

It became the Lydia Greenway fielding class as she was out on the boundary and did some fine diving stops and in the end picked up four catches and finished the master class with a run out.

Our spinners really dominated the game and we bowled them out for 113, which was a great way to start our international summer.

We are now travelling on our team bus to the Rose Bowl and don't get much down time as it's training and play today when we will be looking to close out the series.