Jenny Gunn is joining the Northern Superchargers coaching staff during the Hundred.
Gunn is turning from star all-rounder with the Northern Diamonds to a trusty aide for head coach Dani Hazell and net bowler extraordinaire.
The 35-year-old has been in excellent form the Diamonds in 50-over and T20 cricket this summer, highlighted by her match-winning 27 not out in the one-wicket T20 success against Western Storm at Taunton on Saturday.
She now gets the chance to expand her coaching experience, a side of the game she is exploring for post playing, in the ECB’s new 100-ball competition, which begins next week.
The Diamonds have 10 players in the Superchargers squad.
“It’s going to be a bit weird going from team-mate to coach and telling the girls what to do!” said Gunn.
“I’m still going to bowl in the nets because I have to keep my fitness going for the Diamonds.
“I’ll be waiting for Hollie Armitage to say, ‘Come on, can you bowl your slower balls at me?’
“It’s going to be the best of both worlds that I can coach and learn more about that side of things and also keep on top of my training.
“If I was having five weeks off, I’d definitely not be able to bowl a ball after that!”
The Hundred runs from July 22 until August 21, and the break from regional action with the Diamonds comes at a good time for Gunn, who played against the Storm on Saturday with a fractured finger.
If her influence in and around the Diamonds camp over the last 12 months is anything to go by, Gunn will be an important part of the Superchargers bid for success.
Alongside 10 Diamonds, headed by Lauren Winfield-Hill, the Superchargers will field overseas trio Laura Kimmince (Australia), Jemimah Rodrigues (India) and Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa).
Gunn is fully expecting those three batters, all replacement overseas signings following some withdrawals, to shine.
“It’s a shame that some of the names like Alyssa Healy aren’t coming,” she added. “They’re the established names who get bums on seats.
“But I don’t think it will be long before the girls we’ve got coming over will become household names.
“Right now, with the world as it’s been, I think everyone will look forward to the Hundred given it’s something new and different.
“It will be interesting to see if it works. Hopefully it does.”
The Superchargers first game is at Emerald Headingley on Saturday July 24, against Sarah Taylor’s Welsh Fire. The women’s game at 2.30pm.