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Over and out

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So we are out of the competition - I think this is one of the worst feelings ever as we are playing some of our best cricket but just haven’t batted well at the key times.

It is tough that we have to go home and watch the finals on TV but after a short period of reflection we will be throwing ourselves into our preparation for the summer series against New Zealand.

Our first game of the tournament was against Australia which was a great game for the neutral and one we will never ever forget.

After winning the toss and batting first, we were tied down down in the middle overs and were bowled out for 104 which on that track was well below par.

We knew they had some big hitters up front so the first six overs in the power-play were key for us and with some tight bowling from Laura Marsh and Katherine Brunt we kept them down to 25 runs and claimed two wickets.

The run-rate was around six an over but we kept taking wickets at crucial times and with some top work in the field took it down to the final over.

The Aussies needed eight to win off six balls with one wicket left and it was our captain to bowl. Needing one to win with three balls left, Farrell hit the ball to Beth Morgan at mid-off who threw the stumps down which meant we tied the game and it would be the first Super Over in the tournament.

Boggy [Marsh] bowled our over and we were going well with the Aussies on three for one when Healy then hit straight back over the bowler's head. I managed to dive and catch it but had to release the ball before I went over the rope. They set us a total of seven to win.

It was all very tight and we required two off the last ball to win. Beth hit the ball down the ground and Claire was run out coming back for the second so it was a tie. That meant the team who hit the most sixes - Australia hit one - won the game. It was so disappointing to lose by one six.

Jenny Gunn & Britney Cooper

I bowled Britney Cooper out but we eventually lost to West Indies which meant we were out of the tournament

We didn’t really have much time to regroup as we were up against West Indies in a make-or-break game.

We bowled first and got off to a great start when Boggy removed one of the openers as we managed to keep them down to 26 off the first six overs.

We kept them quiet with some sharp fielding and picked up another wicket which brought the dangerous Dottin to the crease. She hit 100 in 38 balls in her last game so it was a key wicket for us to get. Anya Strubsole bowled a short ball first up which she hit straight down my throat at long-on, a wicket that put us back on top.

With some good death bowling we kept them down to 122 which we would gladly chase down most days.

Lottie [Charlotte Edwards] and Sarah Taylor got us off to a flyer and after the first six overs we had 44 on the board.

Lottie decided to try and kick things on a bit and was caught at long on followed straight after by Sarah. Beth Morgan was then bowled by a fast inswinging yorker and I was gone very next ball trapped LBW.

We kept losing wickets at regular intervals and fell behind the run-rate. We ended up requiring 33 from the last three overs and with Lydia Greenway putting up a brave effort we fell two runs short, not before she hit the biggest six I have ever seen.

We finished the tournament by beating South Africa on my birthday and putting in a much better performance with the bat. A positive from this last game was that 19 year old Danielle Wyatt got to experience playing on the world stage and got man of the match for taking 4-11.

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