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Lightning confirm England stars for 2018 Kia Super League

Loughborough Lightning Cricket have today confirmed the three England cricketers who will form part of their squad that will look for Kia Super League (KSL) glory this summer.

Retaining the services of captain Georgia Elwiss and wicketkeeper Amy Jones, Lightning are delighted to welcome all-rounder Jenny Gunn who makes the switch from Yorkshire Diamonds.

Like Elwiss and Jones, who have both played for Lightning for the last two seasons, Gunn is a Loughborough alumna, and played a key role in England’s World Cup win last summer. Widely credited for her role in England’s victory over Australia, the first time they have beaten their southern hemisphere rivals in the World Cup for 24 years, Gunn will add class to the Lightning attack.

For Jones the 2017 KSL was one to forget, as a finger injury forced her out of the tournament before it had really got underway. Equally handy with the bat, Jones has quickly bounced back, playing her part in Sydney Sixers Women’s Big Bash League victory down under over the winter. This will have restored her confidence and added to her knowledge of how to win big games.

As for captain Elwiss, it’s business as usual as she looks to guide her side the Finals Day, a feat they achieved in the league’s inaugural season back in 2016.

Commenting on the trio Head Coach Sall Briggs said:

“It’s great to have both Georgia and Amy back for our 2018 season. Georgia is a great leader, is highly competitive and can influence games with both the ball and bat. She had a good tournament out in Australia playing for the Stars BBL team, which will give her plenty of confidence leading into the KSL season three.

“Amy was unlucky to break her finger last year during the competition and therefore will be keen to contribute and make her mark in our top order this year. Like Georgia, Amy also played in the WBBL this winter and won the competition with Sydney Sixers.

“Jenny Gunn is our new recruit and a will add depth to our betting line up and experience in our bowling attack. Jen is a multiple World Cup winner and knows how to respond to pressure; she will be great for our youngsters and will bring a level of composure during those match changing moments. Having two international all-rounders gives our team plenty of options and we are excited to create a competitive, yet balanced team with the addition of our overseas and home grown players.”

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