On top of the world
Wow! What can I say??? Two days after the final and I am still absolutely gobsmacked. The magnitude of what happened over the last few days hadn't really sunk in until at breakfast yesterday, there was Lottie (Charlotte Edwards) on the front page of the Times newspaper holding the World Twenty20 trophy. I nearly choked.
The feel of the tournament as a whole was really different to the World Cup in Sydney as being at home meant we felt the full impact our success is having on all areas, from media coverage to the level of interest in our sport.
The support we received has been fantastic - well wishes from Gordon Brown and David Cameron and some of the England boys really kept us going and being able to fill up Taunton in the group matches and getting good sized crowds for the semi and final at The Oval and Lord's was great.
Hearing the chants for England every time we took a wicket sent chills down my back and was definitely a far cry from a few of the chants I remember a few years ago of 'Get back in the kitchen!'
Getting to the final from the thriller against the Aussies was amazing, especially as it dispelled any doubts about whether we were mentally up to the task, and the way Tails (Claire Taylor) and Beth (Morgan) batted really showed how far we have come as a team.
In the Sydney World Cup we weren't really under the same pressure when we played the Aussies as we had all ready qualified for the final by then, but the semi-final at The Oval was life or death and the excitement was incredible.
The final itself had a different emotional feel for the group. There were no tears at all and from a bunch of women that is saying something! As we all hugged and looked at each other there was mainly shock that we had done it; I think we were all just stunned and the feeling was surreal.
I guess the match itself was also different as we didn't make the same mistake as we did in the World Cup final when we let the Kiwis back in to have a sniff of victory - we just kept coming hard at them. Nunny's (Katherine Brunt) spell of bowling was full of fire, and brilliant to watch, especially her shoulder shuffling celebrations!
It is such a special unit to be a part of - more like a family than a group of friends - and I know this is a year I will look back on in years to come and realise how fortunate I am to be involved in this era of women's cricket and being able to watch the game go from strength to strength.
I enjoyed spending a moment with Tails after the presentation. She was lying on the floor with her stunning and very heavy sterling silver trophy, soaking up the atmosphere, and it dawned on me I was in the presence of an absolute living legend -and I felt I had to tell her that.
I have had the honour to play and win trophies alongside arguably the best female batter the world has ever seen. To win two player of the tournaments back to back under immense pressure and competition shows what she is made of and the rest of us batters behind her can learn a lot from her.
Later, the celebrations happened in style in London, which were topped off while I was boogying on the dance floor and heard a massive cheer from the other girls when the highlights of our game appeared on the the big screen. Quality!!!
We couldn't really get too carried away as we had a 9:15am photoshoot with the trophy next morning at my favourite bridge in the world, Tower Bridge. It was made even more special as the Mr Boris Johnson himself popped over to have a few photos with us, taking time out from his busy schedule as mayor.
But there is no rest for the wicked - we have today off and then it's back to business for our series against the Aussies, starting with training in Derby on Wednesday. I am really looking forward to it and think it will be closely contested; the Aussie girls are going to be pumped up and if the semi-final is anything to go by there will be a lot of exciting cricket.
I know our camp is up for it and we will have to approach it with the same intensity and discipline if we want to finish off the international summer in style.
It's already been a great year - one more trophy would make it just about perfect.