Cricket: England Women finish third in World Cup with New Zealand win
ENGLAND'S women secured third place in the World Cup with a four-wicket victory over New Zealand yesterday.
Captain Charlotte Edwards led the way, making an unbeaten 106 as England chased down the White Ferns' 220-8 from their 50 overs.
The outcome provided a small crumb of comfort for the team, who had failed to live up to their billing as the pre-tournament favourites after winning the event in 2009.
Defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia left them in the third-place play-off at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium, but they claimed a second win over New Zealand in the space of three days to finish on a high.
Even the loss of three late wickets failed to derail England, who crossed the line with 18 deliveries to spare thanks to Edwards' eighth one-day international century.
Danielle Wyatt, from the Westlands in Newcastle, was an early victim in the run chase as she was dismissed for just five.
But a 78-run stand for the second wicket between Edwards and Sarah Taylor (28) put England back on track.
Lydia Greenway (31) and Arran Brindle (27) provided valuable support alongside their captain to complete the victory.
Off-spinner Lucy Doolan (3-50) was the pick of the New Zealand attack, while fellow slow bowler Holly Colvin shone for England earlier in the day.
She claimed 3-31 from her 10-over spell to help restrict New Zealand, with Brindle capturing a couple of wickets.
Wyatt, aged 21, endured a tough time with the ball, conceding 25 runs from three wicketless overs.
The White Ferns' total was built around another excellent innings from left-hander Amy Satterthwaite.
She hit a hundred in Wednesday's defeat, and followed that up with 85 yesterday to anchor her side's innings.
Frances Mackay chipped in with 30 at the top of the order, but New Zealand's score always looked a little below par.
Edwards said: "It was all about getting over the line, contributing to the team and getting third place.
"Personally I'm happy with my performance, but it's all about the team for me.
"Looking back on the tournament, losing two games is going to hurt for a while, but we'll work hard and come back stronger.
"We've got a big Ashes series in the summer and we're all really looking forward to playing Australia."
Australia and West Indies contest the final in Mumbai tomorrow.