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Jenny Gunn

Jenny Gunn enjoyed a promotion in the batting order against South Africa

It was still raining on August 20 when we were due to play our first Twenty20 match against South Africa, so this match was called off without a ball being bowled and moved to a double header on Saturday.

On a chilly, windy Friday we were put into bat in the first of three matches. Lottie [Charlotte Edwards] set off on a flyer and with Tayls [Claire Taylor] poorly, I was given the chance to bat at three.

My parents were coming to watch. My dad always gives me stick saying I can’t hit the ball off the square so I was quite happy when I hit a six. The funny thing was my mum and dad missed every ball of my innings and arrived just in time to clap me off as I walked up the changing room steps! Lottie smashed 45 off 34 balls and Lydia [Greenway] 25 to help post 138.

South Africa got off to a slow start and some sharp fielding saw them fall behind the run rate. It was only Susanna Benade with 34 who managed to score runs but they finished on 84, some 54 runs short which meant we took a 1-0 lead.

On Saturday we played our back-to-back Twenty-20 matches.

We were once again batting first and wickets tumbled early on. We were still scoring quickly with Lottie being well supported by Beth [Morgan]. Lottie was unbeaten on 76 off just 66 balls as we managed to post 116.

Like the day before, South Africa struggled to score runs in the first six overs and once we got our two spinners on and set the field back, the boundaries were hard to come by and the run rate just increased every ball. They finished on 79 to give us a 37 run victory.

We had one hour before our next game started and again we were batting first. This time Squirt [Sarah Taylor] was the one who took it to their bowlers and scored 31 before she was out. Beth batted positively in the middle for 22 before Lottie came in down the order to score a quick 33 and set South Africa 123 to win.

This time they came out playing a few more shots but this brought us wickets. Anya [Shrubsole], making her debut, ripped through the top order, taking 3-19 from her four overs which resulted in her getting player of the match. Our two spinners once again contained the middle order and South Africa were finally bowled out for 80 which gave us a 3-0 series win.

We now have four days off at home before we meet up at Bristol for our next series against India.

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