Jenny Gunn joins Northern Superchargers coaching setup
Jenny Gunn has joined the Northern Superchargers coaching setup for the inaugural season of The Hundred, the Northern Diamonds announced on Thursday (July 15). Gunn will work under Danielle Hazell, who is the Head Coach of the Superchargers.
“It’s going to be a bit weird going from team-mate to coach and telling the girls what to do,” said Gunn, who continues to ply her trade for Diamonds in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and the Charlotte Edwards (CE) Cup.
“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!”
In Diamonds’ last game of the CE Cup before the break for The Hundred, Gunn played a useful hand of 27 not out to help the team chase down the total against Western Storm. As many as ten players from the Diamonds’ squad are part of the Superchargers team in ECB’s newest format.
Laura Kimmince, Jemimah Rodrigues and Laura Wolvaardt are the three overseas players in the Superchargers side. Alyssa Healy and Nicola Carey were originally signed up before their withdrawals opened up doors for Australia’s Kimmince and South Africa’s Wolvaardt.
“It’s a shame that some of the names like Alyssa Healy aren’t coming,” said 35-year-old Gunn.
“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,” she concluded.
Superchargers take on Welsh Fire in their first clash of The Hundred on July 24 at Headingley.