TUESDAY: We had to leave the hotel at 4am for a 6am flight to Madras, but we were delayed at the airport and didn't leave until 11.30am. On the coach from Madras airport we ran into a demonstration by post office workers and that held us up again. By the time we got to the hotel there was only time to have a meal and go to bed.
WEDNESDAY: As we had to play on Boxing Day we decided to make Christmas Eve our Christmas Day. Plus it was our wicketkeeper Jane Cassar's birthday. So after training for two hours this morning we made some decorations and hats out of whatever we could lay our hands on and tried to organise the nearest thing to a Christmas dinner. It started out with a drink in the Bamboo Bar and then dinner, with a live band. It really was a good bash.
THURSDAY: Christmas Day. Lots of phone calls home but no tears that I could see. I've got my mum and dad, nan and grandad at home in Chessington. We're going to have our Christmas together next week. As it's been 30 degrees here and we've been so involved with our cricket, it hasn't felt like Christmas. We had a lie-in, lunch, then went to ground to practise. That was followed by a big team meeting, then dinner and bed.
FRIDAY: There were about 5,000 people in the ground: there's been a lot of interest in the tournament. We've even had ball-by-ball coverage on television. We lost the toss and New Zealand batted. We got an early wicket and our performance in the field was superb. We had them at 118 in the 40th over, but they got up to 170 for five in their 50 overs. Still, we thought it was a gettable total. Unfortunately we batted poorly. The wicket was slow and low, and it was harder to score runs than we thought. I got 32, but we ended up losing by 20 runs. We tried to pull ourselves together afterwards. We'd have had Australia in the final, and it would have been a chance to avenge our only defeat in our group matches. I'm 37 now and my reaction was: "That's it, time to retire." My family would be disappointed because I'm quite close to a few records - like Rachael Heyhoe Flint's for highest run aggregate for England. But it's been a good innings and I'm not sure I want to keep going through the summer. I'll have to think about it some more.Reuse content