Katherine Brunt says she just adores representing Yorkshire - in this case, as a Northern Diamonds player.
Brunt starred in yesterday’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy win over Lightning at Kibworth CC with a brilliant 4-23 from 10 overs to help defend a 152 target.
The Barnsley-born seamer has taken 287 international wickets and has won Ashes series and World Cups with England. She has been there and done it all.
But performing for the Diamonds, under the banner of her beloved White Rose, is no smaller task.
“I have been playing for Yorkshire since I was knee high, and I love it,” said the soon to be 36-year-old.
“I still feel as nervous as I do playing for England.
“I said to the girls before the game (against Lightning), ‘I feel really nervous today, I feel sick’.
“I’ve never not felt like that in my career.
“Even if it’s a third-team game and I’m helping out or it’s an Academy practice game, I still get nervous because there’s as much expectation in those games as there is playing for England.
“But I just love representing my county and playing with my mates from back home.”
Brunt took six wickets in two RHF Trophy games over the Bank Holiday weekend, with the Diamonds losing a thriller against the Central Sparks at Emerald Headingley on Saturday before bouncing back in Leicestershire 48 hours later.
She will face Sunrisers at Cambridge on Saturday before England commitments begin.
And the seam bowling all-rounder has full confidence in the Diamonds ability to build on last season’s run to the 50-over final.
She said: “Saturday, you can’t really judge. It was the first game of the season and you don’t know how things are going to go. Things will get better.
“We will gain a lot of confidence from Monday’s game.
“We have a great squad, and it will click.
“Once all the England players have gone, I reckon we’re in with a really good chance.
“Of course there will be challenges along the way and it will be tough. But I don’t see any reason why we can’t make the finals again in this and the T20.
“It’s going to be really exciting to see.”