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Finishing touches and false alarms

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It was our aim to win every game in New Zealand and to do it in their own back yard makes it a bit more special.

After winning the Twenty20 series 4-0, we travelled back to Christchurch for the ODI series and straight away it was back to two seasons in a day. The morning would be cold, wet and windy followed by an afternoon of sunshine.

We won our first 50 over match and timed our run chase to perfection. We were going along nicely but it wasn’t until Laura Marsh smashed 44 off 42 balls that we were safe and had the game wrapped up.

There was only one day between games and I thought I would get an early night only to be woken up at midnight by flashing lights and an air raid siren.

We had to evacuate the building and I must say being outside in the cold, rain and wind in just shorts and T-shirt wasn’t the nicest feeling in the world.

It was just a false alarm so I was back in bed not too long after but a lot of the team struggled to sleep for the rest of the night.

Turning up for our second ODI it was like playing in England at the start of April - it was freezing, wet and we had gale force winds to contend with.

Our game was delayed by five hours and reduced to 26 overs but once we started we never looked back. Charlotte Edwards batted through our innings and it was the best century I have ever seen. She finished on 137 off just 88 balls.

By the time we went out to field the temperature had really dropped but we were all still motivated to wrap up the series by winning that day. We took our chances, really put them under pressure and they fell 59 runs short.

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Winning the one-day series 3-0 was the perfect way to wrap up our tour of New Zealand where we were unbeaten in 11 matches

Our third one-dayer and final match of tour started on time and we were fielding first. New Zealand had a few good partnerships but they never really got away from us.

Our innings saw our biggest partnership of the whole tour from Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway. They batted superbly, putting on 201, and it was good to see Sarah bring up her fourth international century. It was a great finish to our unbeaten tour.

We now all go our separate ways as we have a bit of a break before our fitness testing camp at the end of March and the season starting in April.