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Dancing into the semi-finals

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Our last night in Colombo before we headed down to Galle for the group games was a bit of a random one.

Heather, Katherine, Laura, Lydia and I decided to see what all the noise was at this Cypriot festival in our hotel.

We walked in and within seconds we were all on the dance floor doing Greek dancing.

Dancing around the room, hand in hand with randoms, we tried to sit down for a breather but soon got pulled back up to dance. We must have been the only people to dance with them.

We left Colombo for Galle and found it even more hot and humid. As we arrived at the hotel we had a Sri Lankan welcome with dancers and bongos and each of us had to light a candle, which wasn't the easiest thing to do in the wind.

Before we knew it we were into our first group game against Pakistan. It was great to get the tournament underway as this is what we have all been training hard for.

Charlotte and Laura got us off to the best start possible with the bat and we never allowed them to get going thanks to the control of our spinners. We got the tournament underway with a 43-run victory.

Just down the road from where we were staying was a hotel called the ‘Fortress’ which turned out to be our favourite place for dinner.

On one night they had a limbo routine which involved fire and knives. How anyone finds out they can eat fire or manage to limbo under a knife without getting cut is beyond me but it provided us with some great entertainment.

Our next game was massive against India as if we won we were through to the semi-finals.

There was a bit of rain around and over here when it rains, it pours. The good thing is that it's heavy but not for very long and the 100 groundsmen managed to cover the whole pitch.

Bowling first we got an early wicket and didn't let them get away from us. We followed up with a few quick wickets at the end of their innings as they set us 117 to win, which on a decent wicket we knew was gettable.

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor and Danni Wyatt treated us to a batting masterclass as we beat Australia by seven wickets in our final group game

Once again Charlotte and Laura got us off to a great start and Sarah Taylor finished things off, quickly getting into her stride hitting 25 off just 15. So we’d done it, we’d booked a place in the semi-finals.

It wasn't long before we were back at the ground playing our final group game against Australia. It was a big match as whoever won would finish top of the group and let’s be honest, even though we’d both qualified, we always want to beat the Aussies.

The Aussies got off to a flyer and were 70 off the first 10 overs. It was hard to get wickets so we were just working to limit the boundaries. They really should have kicked on but we brought it back well and allowed them to get 144 which on that wicket and fast outfield was gettable if we batted well.

Australia bowled well up front and didn't really give us any loose balls. We lost two quick wickets and the run-rate was climbing but we were then treated to a batting masterclass.

Sarah Taylor and Danni Wyatt hit the ball everywhere leaving the Aussies unsure where to put the field. We won with 11 balls to spare and by seven wickets, Taylor on 65 and Wyatt 33 off just 17 balls. This just shows how good the wicket was - an absolute road!

That evening we went for a team dinner to celebrate getting through to the semi-finals.

The highlight of the evening had to be a guy saying 'well bowled' to Katherine Brunt but instead of calling her Katherine called her Karen. She was not amused unlike the rest of the team who now call her Karen or Kazza constantly.

We now head back to Colombo for our semi-final against New Zealand on Thursday.

I’m sure it will be an exciting game so tune into Sky Sports or BBC Radio and you’ll be able to follow the action live.