Jenny Gunn back Diamonds to cope without England players

Northern Diamonds' Jenny Gunn believes her teammates can cope with the departure of their England players following a commanding nine wicket win over Sunrisers.

Gunn and Katherine Brunt took three wickets apiece as the sorry Sunrisers were dismissed for just 53 in a merciless display of bowling from the Diamonds who barely broke sweat in clinching the victory inside three hours.

"It shows that we are not a bad side," said Gunn, 35. "We definitely have a strong bowling attack and Katherine and Beth Langston set the tone meaning runs were very hard to come by.

"When Katie Levick can come on and take a wicket with her first ball it just shows that you can't let up against our attack and it proves what we're about.

"I didn't expect to come on to bowl that early but it was nice with a bit of a harder ball and it was nipping around a bit so I tried just to make them play as much as possible and it worked."

Diamonds have recovered well from their opening day defeat to Central Sparks to record two wins and Gunn feels there is confidence running through the side now following that early setback.

"That game taught us to never let up," she said. "Teams are batting now down to 11 so you can't celebrate until you have that wicket and it was a massive lesson learnt.

"We lose our England players now but that means more players have to step up so there are big opportunities.

"That's what we want - we have had some good players being 12th man recently but now it is their chance. They've worked really hard and they're ready and it's their chance to show who they are."


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