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|Dates: 10 August – 1 September|
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It’s a month on from lifting the World Cup with the girls, in front of a full house at Lord’s, with 180 million people watching worldwide on TV. Crazy!
What a special day it was – I’ve had the chance to relive the final many times since, hearing so many lovely stories of how and where people watched the game. My favourite stories are the ones of kids imitating us, whether it be a young girl practising Anya Shrubsole’s celebration or Nat Sciver’s sweeps.
It’s stories like that which make you realise it wasn’t just a win for the team. It was a win for women’s cricket, a win for everyone who came before us – for 105-year-old Eileen Ash who rang the pre-match bell, for the late Rachael Heyhoe Flint who was the reason we were playing at Lord’s – and it’s also a win for the generation that will come after us.
‘The final was a bit of a blur’
Looking back on the day and all the emotions that came with it, it was all actually a bit of a blur. The last 10 overs of the game were probably the moments I remember most clearly.
With India 190-3, I think a small voice crept in saying, “It’s not our day”. I remember pushing it aside… not with this team, not with how far we’d come and how much fight we’ve got. We knew one wicket gave us a chance and we just needed to hold our nerve.
It was so tight and I knew how big every decision I had to make was – the bowling changes, the fields, what I said to the bowler. That focused me and in a weird way made me calm, there was no room not to be.
I bought Anya back on thinking I’d give her a little bit of a burst and maybe bring Katherine Brunt back on to hopefully finish the job. But Anya’s first two balls went for four, and I started doubting if I’d made the right call.
She then took the key wicket of Punam Raut two balls later – “Maybe not”, I thought, “one more over”.
I went over to chat to Anya before that over to check she was clear. She had no interest in having a chat, she just wanted the ball and to charge through them. I’d seen her in that sort of mood a few times before and they had all ended well for England.
After that, it all happened so quickly. Anya took that final wicket and that was it, we were world champions! What a hero!
The roar from the crowd was something I’ll never forget. I’d tried to blank out the noise for most of the day and focus on doing my job, but at that moment it was like the volume was turned back on and ramped up a hundredfold.
Seeing the look on all of the girls’ faces and knowing what they’d given to be there and the journeys we’d all been on was unbelievably special – there were a lot of tears. We’ve had a lot of hurt in World Cups and that made lifting the trophy even more special.
The celebrations involved a good stint in the dressing room with all the staff who had been instrumental to our win…