Charlotte Edwards’ side beat New Zealand by 15 runs in their last Super Six match but still missed out on the 2013 women’s World Cup final.
Sarah Taylor batted beautifully hitting 88 from 79 balls in England’s total of 266-6 after they chose to bat first in Mumbai.
Skipper Edwards scored 54 to give England a strong start which led them to the match winning score they finally accomplished. Taylor struck 16 fours and one maximum.
In reply Amy Satterthwaite fired 103 in the process getting her second ODI century with solid support from Suzie Bates as the Black Caps reached 145-1 in 30 overs; however a late collapse left them short at 251-9.
After an opening stand of 59, Danielle Wyatt fell to medium-pacer Nicola Browne for 26. Edwards recovered from early struggles, she and wicket-keeper batsmen Taylor shared a partnership of 68.
Edwards dismissal left England in command on 127-2 inside the 30th over, Taylor really launched her innings once Lydia Greenway joined her in the middle.
New Zealand’s captain Suzie Bates sixth over went for 17 runs, after a four from the first ball; Taylor followed it up with a four through midwicket and struck a powerful six straight over the boundary line.
Another couple of expensive overs increased the run rate; Taylor stepped up a gear in the batting powerplay with some powerful swings, she fell 12 runs short of a well-deserved century lofting to Bates at mid-off.
Despite the loss of late wickets, Jenny Gunn and in particular Heather Knight (27 off 17, including four boundaries) propelled the score past 250 as the pair took 38 from the last three overs pushing the game beyond New Zealand’s reach.
The bowling department was at a disadvantage after Anya Shrubsole wasn’t able to take the field, Arran Brindle picked up Lucy Doolan’s wicket after Taylor held a catch down the leg side leaving the score on 11-1.
Satterthwaite and Bates recovered the chase significantly; the pair was rarely troubled as they motored along at a run rate of above five. The two batters hit boundaries at ease, Bates also picked up a maximum off Gunn putting away a full toss over the backward square leg fence.
Gunn finally ended the superb 134 run stance when she ripped a delivery past Bates (79 off 94) handle which hit the leg stump leaving the Black Caps as firm favourites to win the game at 145-2 from 30 overs.
Satterthwaite kept the chase moving as Sophie Devine supported her to put on 51 in 11 overs. The asking rate touched seven when Devine heaved at left arm-spinner Holly Colvin and was caught by the wicket-keeper of a top edge.
The tired Satterthwaite struck two more delightful fours to bring up her century in the 44th over, after scoring 103 off 126 she lofted Wyatt down to extra-cover.
After the third wicket fell, regular dismissals followed which was largely down to the England team’s catching in the outfield. Colvin chipped through the lower-order taking figures of 3-48 and New Zealand subsided to finish 15 runs short.
The win didn’t help the defending champions progress to the final as West Indies had already beaten Australia earlier in the day.
Matches from today will be repeated in the next couple of days as England play New Zealand in the 3rd place play-off on Friday and Australia face West Indies in a showdown for the World Cup crown on Sunday.