Anya’s Tour Diary: Part Two

Women's Ashes launch event.

Somerset bowler Anya Shrubsole played an important part in England’s ODI series win in South Africa and took three for 25 in the Three Lions’ 15 run victory in today’s first T20I.

She has agreed to keep Somerset supporters up to date with the tour and here is the second part of her Tour Diary:

“After the preparation and warm up games it was swiftly into the first ODI against South Africa women in Benoni. It was our first full international match under Mark Robinson and we were keen to get off to a winning start.

Having been invited to field by our hosts we managed to restrict them to 196, despite a strong second wicket partnership.  I was happy to be able to contribute with a few wickets and there were two for Jenny Gunn and Heather Knight.  A couple of rain breaks shortened our chase but we ended up reaching our target comfortably to win by 7 wickets via Duckworth Lewis.  The ideal start to the tour.

The second ODI at Supersport Park marked Sarah Taylor’s 100th ODI cap, a very special achievement for her.  She is an exceptional player with hopefully a lot more to come. Unfortunately we couldn’t mark the day with a win.  Having chosen to bat, we lost three early wickets before recovering to 262-9 with Heather, Lottie and Danni Wyatt all chipping in. It was a total we should have defended but a combination of some ill-disciplined bowling and a superb knock by Lizelle Lee, Somerset’s overseas player last year, meant they chased the total and earned a well-deserved victory. 

It meant it was all to play for in the last game at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.  We bowled first and once again restricted them to 196.  It could have been less were it not for another exceptional inning from Lizelle Lee.  Clearly we taught her too much during her time in Somerset!  We chased down the total for the loss of 5 wickets with Georgia Elwiss scoring her maiden ODI 50 and another 50 from Heather.  Heather deservedly was awarded player of the series and we had a series win and importantly four ICC Women’s Championship points to add to our tally.

One thing that has been a massive feature of our time here is the thunderstorms.  Most nights we have been treated to the most amazing storms with plenty of thunder and lightning. The majority of us have spent time trying desperately to get pictures of the lightening with some more successful than others! 

We now move into a T20I series looking for another series win and some important prep for the upcoming ICC Women’s World T20 in India.  There’s a lot to play for and a couple of double-headers with the men at some pretty impressive grounds.  Hopefully we can end the tour on a high note.”