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Anya's ICC Women's World Cup Diary: Part two

The 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup is now well underway and the race for the top four qualifying places is really hotting up.

Throughout the tournament England, Somerset and Western Storm bowler Anya Shrubsole will be keeping us up to date with the latest from the England camp. Here is the latest edition of her Tour Diary:

“We’re half-way through the group stage, we’re in the south-west and the sun in shining so everything’s going pretty well right now!

We had a difficult start against India. We know they are a good team and we certainly weren’t complacent but they batted so well and never really gave us a chance. We were happy to take the game deep with the bat, though, and I loved watching Fran Wilson make her mark on the International game. She’s such a good player and that was a special knock. Sadly it wasn’t enough to see us get the win. There was the very small silver lining of Bryn Gunn taking a cracking one-handed crowd catch! Worth checking out!

Fortunately since our first game we’ve been able to win three games on the bounce and our batting’s really been firing. After India we travelled to Leicester to take on Pakistan and it was a special day. Heather Knight and Nat Sciver are huge players for us so for them to both get their first ODI tons – during a World Cup no less! – was great to watch.

The runs kept coming after we moved on to Taunton to take on Sri Lanka and while Heather was at it again it was nice to watch Sarah Taylor get in on the act. She’s had a tricky 12 months and her honesty and openness has been impressive. We’re delighted to have her back – she’s a top player – and she showed that in the Taunton sunshine. As ever, we had amazing support at Taunton. It’s nice to play in front of a home crowd and I know the local girls (Heather, Fran and me) have been enjoying our time here. We’ve been telling everyone the weather’s always this nice!

Our fourth game saw another record, this time for a record partnership, and Tammy Beaumont got in on the act to combine with Sarah for more runs. It wasn’t a great day to be a bowler. It was a belter of a wicket, but no women’s ODI has ever seen more runs than both teams managed. That’s an indication of how the game is coming on, and how hard, true wickets can aid high-scoring games.

We’re still in the south-west for our next fixture, against Australia¬†on Sunday, and we’re really looking forward to it. They’re yet to lose a game and they’re probably the tournament favourites but we’ll be doing our best to make it four wins on the bounce.”

England’s next match is on Sunday when they take on Australia at Bristol.

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