England finished third in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2013 after skipper Charlotte Edwards’ century helped steer them to four-wicket victory over New Zealand in Mumbai.
The defending champions left India with some delight despite not being able to continue the defence of their title.
Any thoughts of Australia throwing the game away against West Indies in their final Super Six match nearly loomed upon England as they almost blew the win with a wobble at the end.
Chasing a target of 221, Edwards and co were cruising to the win at 199-3 before sloppy batting saw them loose three quick wickets, it should have been four when the skipper edged behind to the wicket-keeper but umpire ruled her not out.
She scored an unbeaten 102 after a valuable fifty two days ago against the same opposition in the process lead England home at 222-6.
England’s chase was highlighted by the good work of the bowling department, off-spinner Danielle Hazell bowled tidely for her 1-42. Jenny Gunn took the new ball in the absence of Anya Shrubsole, she had the tournament’s top scorer Suzie Bates caught at point for 21.
When Frances Mackay was clean bowled playing across the line to Arran Brindle for 30, it was Amy Satterthwaite scorer of a century in the last meeting between the two sides who proved to be the mainstay for New Zealand.
The batting side by the 30th over were in all sorts of problems at 99-4; Sophie Devine was run out for eight and Holly Colvin held onto a catch off her own bowling to dismiss Sarah McGlashan (1).
Satterthwaite put on a partnership of 59 with Katie Perkins (20) moving the score onto 158-5 of 42 overs, Perkins was stumped by Sarah Taylor off Hazell.
The left handed number three for New Zealand looked to reach double figures, with a crashing loft over leg side, however she was denied as Colvin bowled her around the legs.
At this stage the Black Caps lost their way, but they were boosted by the late onslaught from Nicola Browne as she used some of her inner strength powering couple of boundaries clearing the infield with ease and the fence and a maximum down the ground in process taking 35 runs from the last three overs.
England lost Wyatt (5) early in the chase when she edged behind off Sian Ruck, Edwards and Taylor shared a stand of 78, Taylor showed glimpses of her classy batting before an impatient hit off Lucy Doolan’s full toss to short mid-wicket.
Edwards then combined with Lydia Greenway to add 53 and 58 runs were added with Brindle.
Brindle accelerated well to take England towards victory, but tamely patted Doolan to cover for 27. With the score on 199, the arrival of Heather Knight sparked a mini collapse as she went for duck and Gunn was run out from a direct hit after a mix-up between the two batters.
Edwards should have been given out for 99; the umpire somehow missed a clear edge and signalled a wide. She faced 121 balls on her way to a ton including 15 fours. Laura Marsh scored the winning runs with three overs to spare sweeping Doolan towards the square leg boundary.
England women end the tournament strongly obtaining 3rd place and on Sunday. Australia and West Indies will contest the Final to decide the 2013 world champion.