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We met up at Loughborough on September 3 for two NatWest Women’s International T20 matches again Pakistan and one against the England Women’s Academy. It's always nice to meet up with all the team again and it is never too long before the banter starts!

Good training session in warm sunshine for a change nearly resulted in losing one of our coaches in slip practice. Normally Katherine Brunt wants to throw for us as you have to throw it hard and fast (just like she tells us she bowls) so we get the correct practice of catches.

On this occasion Dani Hazell threw for us and she ended up throwing it at our coach’s head. Thankfully he still has good reactions and managed to dive out the way; I would have been calling for a helmet!

Our first T20 was Lottie and mine’s 50th Twenty20 match for England. I was happy that Loughborough is pretty much a home game for me, which meant it was nice for my Mum and Dad to be there.

It was pretty cool to reach this milestone with your captain, not bad for a cardboard cut-out as Colvin calls me. Youngsters have no respect these days, then again I do give her enough stick about her height!

We won quite comfortably against Pakistan, being in control for the whole of both games. Our last game provided us with the biggest challenge playing our academy, with two of our team playing for them and having a few girls who had played for England along the way.

On a slow wicket we got into a bit of a hole but managed to scramble to 88. We knew on this wicket it was to be a good fight and it provided us with the perfect challenge, simulating what could happen in the World T20.

We stuck with it and even though they had a good partnership in the middle we never gave up and kept the run rate at sixes. Anya got a key wicket which got us right back in the game and we showed composure under pressure to win by three runs.

We finished our spell in Loughborough winning all three games and it was good to have a challenge. We now head up to Durham (where Dani Hazell will act as team translator for all the southern girls) and are all raring to get the series against the West Indies underway.

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