Charlotte Edwards guides England to third place


Mumbai, Feb 15: An unbeaten century from England captain Charlotte Edwards led her team to a four-wicket win against New Zealand, which secured third place in the Women's World Cup. In what may be Edwards' last World Cup game, she guided the chase of 221 with an innings of 106 off 121 balls, equalli ng the most centuries in women's ODIs - eight.
 After being put in to bat, New Zealand began sedately with a couple of productive partnerships, before the run-out of Sophie Devine and three middle-order wickets to spinner Holly Colvin hurt them. Suzie Bates, the highest run-getter in the tournament, had been dismissed for 21, but No. 3 Amy Satterthwaite, who had scored a century in her previous match, stayed until the 47th over to score 85 and guide her side past 200.
 England lost Danielle Wyatt early wicket in the chase, but were more assured thereafter. Edwards added 78 with Sarah Taylor, 53 with Lydia Greenway, and 58 with Arran Brindle to help them to 199 for 3 in the 42nd over. They then lost three wickets for three runs, before Laura Marsh and Edwards took England home. Off spinner Lucy Doolan was New Zealand's most productive bowler, taking 3 for 50 in her ten overs.
 Edwards was happy to have contributed to a fruitful World Cup campaign. "I came into this tournament after having worked incredibly hard over the winter - not just on my skills, but I had also worked on my fitness. It's really nice to reap rewards of that. Two hundreds in this tournament, I am really proud of that, for me it's been about me contributing to the team and today was about getting to third place and ending the tournament on a high," she said.
 New Zealand's captain Bates felt her team needed 30 more runs in their innings. Her team, she said, played their worst in their final three games of the tournament.
 "I think the last three games, we probably played our worst cricket which is what we will probably remember from the tournament. The game against West Indies where we lost hurt us badly and we didn't play well enough."

Lastupdate on : Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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