Anya’s Tour Diary Part One

Women's Ashes launch event.

A match winning performance from Somerset’s Anya Shrubsole helped England secure victory in the rain affected first ODI against South Africa at the weekend.

The Somerset bowler picked up the Player of the Match award for her impressive haul of four for 29 from her 10 overs as England went one – nil up in the series courtesy of a seven wicket Duckworth Lewis win.

Anya has agreed to keep Somerset supporters up to date with what she is doing by writing a three part Tour Diary.  Here is the first installment which recounts her experiences ahead of that first ODI:

“The time had finally come for us to embark on our tour to South Africa.  Led by a new coaching team with Mark Robinson (Robbo) at the helm, we departed a cold and damp England for the warmth of South Africa.  Having met up with all the girls who were in Australia for the Big Bash, we were quickly into our training with a camp in Potchestroom.  I unfortunately was laid low for most of it by an illness, but the girls were looking sharp and full of energy at the start of the tour.  It was the first time we’d been together as a full squad since the summer so it’s been good to spend some time with Robbo as a squad so he can get his messages across.

We were then swiftly into two warm up games against a South Africa Women’s Emerging XI.  I had just about made it off my sick bed to be able to play in the games.  In the first match we batted brilliantly to amass 337.  Lauren Winfield smashed her way to 81, with Sarah Taylor, Jenny Gunn and Lydia Greenway all batting well.  When it came to the bowling side of things, Katherine Brunt bowled superbly with the new ball to pick up three wickets.  We eventually dismissed them for 190 to win the game comfortably.

In the second warm-up match we fielded first, bowling the opposition out cheaply with Danni Wyatt picking up three wickets.  Amy Jones led the chase with a quick-fire 40 and having knocked the runs off in double quick time, we agreed to play a T20 game to get some more match prep in.  We again won that game comfortably with everyone chipping in with both bat and ball.  I somehow managed to hit the one ball I faced for a massive (!) 6, which certainly doesn’t happen often!

With the prep all done we now head into a crucial One-Day series full of confidence with everyone looking in good form and ready to put in some good performances.”

After picking up her Player of the Match award Anya gave the following interview:

The second installment of Anya’s Tour Diary will be published after the third ODI.