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Move over Rihanna

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With all the terrible weather around recently we have amused ourselves by playing Dance Central on Sarah Taylor’s Xbox.

I was up against Sarah, who is up there with the best dancer in the team, especially when compared to me who has two left feet.

It is safe to say I got smashed my Sarah but by making a fool of myself gave everyone else the confidence to get up and have a go.

I must say Lottie had some good moves unlike Wyatt who might need a bit more practice before she goes for Rihanna’s back up dancer.

Our first International Twenty20 of the summer was against Ireland and I don’t know how we managed to get a game in as the pitch was covered with water in the morning.

We batted first and it was difficult up front as the pitch was quite slow but a good partnership between Edwards and Brindle kept us on track. We ended up with 136 with Edwards finishing on 72 not out.

Although we didn’t take a wicket until the 10th over, Ireland struggled to keep up with the rate and ended up falling 51 runs short. It got our international summer off to a good start.

We headed down to Canterbury in heavy rain but the sun came out as soon as we got on deck for training. All the southern girls gave us northerners the usual stick about how nice the weather always is down here.

Our team is a bit football mad so it was natural for us to watch the England-Italy game that evening. Knight even got the Mexican wave going at one point.

We were all disappointed when we got knocked out as that meant we had to find something else to watch in the evening. It is good timing the tennis is on though.

We didn’t get off to the best start in our first T20 against India when Edwards was given out LBW but from there Sarah Taylor showed her class. With Marsh at the other end they put on 104 runs on for the next wicket. Sarah continued hitting to all parts and brought up her half century in no time at all. We finished on 137, which we thought was a decent score.

Jenny Gunn

We have made an excellent start to the summer by beating Ireland and India but now we must focus on 50-over cricket

Brunt charged in and bowled with some wheels as we won by 33 runs to end a good day in the field.

We moved straight on to Chelmsford, which is one of our most successful grounds and we always seem to get a good crowd there.

The sun was out and at 28 degrees it was probably the hottest conditions we will play in all summer.

It was strange for my mum and dad who were watching the blue skies on TV while they had a massive storm, floods and hail back in the midlands.

Charging down the hill Brunt got us off to a great start when she had Sharma caught behind while some world class fielding by Lydia Greenway on the boundary saved a six. They ended up with 114 which we thought was a below par score on that wicket and outfield.

Sarah Taylor continued her dominance and with Greenway controlled the game, ran well and kept well above the run rate to win in the 17th over.

Sarah made 67 not out to pick up player of the match and series. I hope she likes champagne because there will be a lot more coming her way if she keeps playing like that.

We had a busy day ahead of the first ODI at Lord’s - we trained during the men’s ODI on Friday and then had a team outing to the theatre.

Billy Elliott was fantastic but made me a little sad as it was my dream to sing and dance in the West End. I couldn’t be any further from that dream so I best try and find another one.

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