England end on a high

  • Last Updated: February 15 2013, 11:58 GMT

England's women won their third-placed play-off against New Zealand by four wickets to end their disappointing World Cup defence on a positive note.

Charlotte Edwards: Struck an unbeaten 106
Charlotte Edwards: Struck an unbeaten 106

Having failed to make Sunday's final, the reigning champions at least salvaged victory in their last match in Mumbai.

Captain Charlotte Edwards saw the side home with an unbeaten 106 as England restricted the White Ferns to 220 for eight and chased them down with three overs to spare and six wickets down.

Edwards won the toss and decided to bowl, with Frances Mackay and Suzie Bates putting on 42 for the first wicket.

Jenny Gunn made the breakthrough when she accounted for Bates (21), with Arran Brindle seeing off Mackay for 30.

Number three Amy Satterthwaite provided the backbone of the innings, making 85 in 95 balls and hitting 11 fours, but England enjoyed success elsewhere in the middle order.

Holly Colvin excelled with three for 31 in her 10 overs, Danielle Hazell removed Katie Perkins for 20 and Brindle added a second wicket as well as a run-out.

A winning score of 221 looked achievable but Wyatt fell caught behind for just five.

Edwards and Sarah Taylor added 78 for the second wicket, the latter out for 28 in the 20th over.

Edwards was the constant in two more decent partnerships, alongside Lydia Greenway (31) and Brindle (27).

England threatened to throw things away when Brindle, Heather Knight and Gunn all departed in the space of 17 balls but Edwards held on.

She had a reprieve on 99 when an apparent edge was given as a wide and completed her century from the next delivery.

Laura Marsh (13no) hit the winning runs with a boundary off Lucy Doolan, who returned three for 50, but celebrations were understandably muted.

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