Anya reflects on Ashes Summer
Somerset Women’s captain Anya Shrubsole has been keeping us up to date with all the action during this summer’s Women’s Ashes series.
Here, in the final part of her Ashes Diary, she looks back on what has been a busy summer of cricket for England:
“So after a long 7 weeks the Ashes ended in Cardiff and unfortunately we were not able to get the result we wanted. The bottom line is that we didn’t play consistent enough cricket throughout the series and the Australians fully deserved their victory. We showed that when we performed at our best we were more than able to match them but we didn’t do it often enough.
After the ODI’s, we headed down to Canterbury for the test match with everything still to play for. We don’t get the opportunity to play many test matches so they are always special when they come about. It was a special match for one of my best friends Georgia Elwiss as she made her test match debut, albeit in unfortunate circumstances due to an injury for Jenny Gunn. The test match didn’t go as planned as a couple of poor batting innings let us down alongside an outstanding knock of 99 by Australian Debutant Jess Jonassen. Special mention must go to Katherine Brunt who bowled superbly throughout the innings with very little reward. She was at times unplayable and bowled with a huge amount of heart and skill.
It was on to the T20’s with three wins from three required to regain the Ashes. Fortress Chelmsford delivered again with a brilliant all round performance by the team. A classy knock by Sarah Taylor took us over the line and we were still in with a shout.
We moved on to Hove with the Ashes still on the line. We bowled and fielded well to restrict them to 107 but, unlike at Chelmsford, we were unable to chase down the runs and the Ashes were over. It was a huge disappointment for all involved, as we hadn’t done ourselves justice with our performance.
We moved on to Cardiff for the final game with the Ashes over but a T20 series and a lot of pride to play for. An outstanding all round performance from Nat Sciver, producing her best bowling and batting performance for England in the same game, saw us to a comfortable victory. It was a good way to end the series and to beat the World Champions in the T20 series was an important confidence boost at the end of a disappointing summer.
One thing that has been amazing is the support we have received this summer. It has been amazing at all the grounds we have played at. To see so many people behind us has been overwhelming and hopefully it will continue through the years to come.”