England's got talent
Danielle Wyatt's emergence is proof that England's Women do have a bright future, says Beth Morgan.
Last Updated: 13/05/10 11:21am
Today should have been the day we packed up our things and caught a flight to St Lucia for the exciting build up to the semi-finals of the ICC Women's World Twenty20.
Instead, we are devastated to be catching a flight back home to England.
Having lost our first two group matches, we went into our final match against South Africa knowing that we were only playing fro pride.
We were however determined to show what we are capable of, prove that the last two games have been a blip in form and gain some momentum going into our summer season.
We certainly did that, putting in the best batting performance of the tournament, scoring 140 with Laura Marsh, Lydia Greenway and Jenny Gunn showing just what they are capable of in the shorter format of the game.
They all played with aggression and freedom, the highlight being a huge, straight six from Lydia and Laura's 'Dilshan' shot over the keepers head.
In reply the bowling and fielding display was excellent, as it has been throughout the tournament and South Africa fell short of the 100 mark.
It was great to see young Danielle Wyatt pick up her first wickets for England, with a man of the match winning four wickets for 11 runs, showing what a bank of talented players we have coming thought the ranks.
The last two days have been extremely tough, watching Australia, New Zealand, India and the West Indies prepare for their semi-final matches.
It has been hard to relax after the defeat, but we have managed to spend some time reflecting over a coffee and bonding as a team in a game of pool volley ball.
On our last night out here in St Kitts we had a lovely meal and got to see the friendly faces of some of our friends and family who have travelled out to support us in the tournament.
The win against South Africa was too little, too late.
The harsh reality of tournament cricket is that you don't have time to ease your way in. A bad over or a couple of runs can make the difference between a win or a loss, we have certainly learnt that this trip.
We will now return home and have a short period of reflection, before powering on into domestic cricket to come back strong for our summer series against New Zealand in June and July.