Women's World Cup 2013, play-offs February 15, 2013

Edwards guides England to third place

ESPNcricinfo staff

England 222 for 6 (Edwards 106*, Doolan 3-50) beat New Zealand 220 for 8 (Satterthwaite 85, Colvin 3-31) by four wickets

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, equalling 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. Offspinner 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."

Sri Lanka 244 for 7 (Atapattu 52, Siriwardene 44) beat South Africa 156 (Fritz 54, Siriwardene 4-32) by 88 runs

Sri Lanka captain Shashikala Siriwardene, with an all-round display, helped her team to the fifth position in the tournament as South Africa were beaten by 88 runs.

After choosing to bat, Sri Lanka found themselves at a precarious 14 for 2 in the fourth over. Chamari Atapattu and Deepika Rasangika steadied the innings thereafter to put on 68 runs for the third wicket.

Rasangika was dismissed in the 22nd over, and the new batsman, Siriwardene continued to build on the previous partnership with an 82-run stand with Atapattu, who finished as the highest scorer in the innings with 52. Siriwardene was stumped on 44, sending in bowler Eshani Kaushalya to add impetus to the score as she scored a quick 43, off 31 balls. Sri Lanka finished with a competitive 244 for 7.

South Africa were unable to put on substantial partnerships in their chase, as they lost wickets at crucial intervals through their innings. Chamani Seneviratna and Sripali Weerakkody helped dismiss the top order, and they were reduced to 49 for 4 in 17 overs. From there on, Siriwardene took over as she picked up 4 for 32 to help finish off the tail. Shandre Fritz was the only batsman to offer any resistance; she scored 54 before being run out by Kaushalya.

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  • H on February 17, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    @nzmtber (February 15, 2013, 21:42 GMT) - I've made this point several times before on this site and I make no apologies for making it again: The standard of umpiring in the tournament has been disappointing to say the least ! Womens cricket has progressed leaps and bounds in recent years and they deserve better from the officials. They certainly deserve to meet each other on a level playing field. I know it's subjective to consider "what ifs" but I believe most experienced cricketers would agree that numerous poor umpiring decisions cost England at least one match and New Zealand at least 2 and probably both a place in the final

  • Nathan on February 16, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    I thoroughly enjoyed womans cricket for the first time. There are lot of things men can take from woman cricketers. As a cricket lover, woman's cricket gives me great entertainment. I will be up early Sunday morning to watch the final. I would love to see W.Indies winning the cup.

  • John on February 16, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (February 16, 2013, 2:38 GMT) - You're right that there should be more Women's world cups with the lack of test cricket - and cricket as a whole comp to the men's game

  • Anver on February 16, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Very satisfying & commendable performances by SL women in this WWC... they beat strong teams like "defending champ" ENG, "host" IND & "an improved" SA !! What a performer for Eng !! C.Edwards ends in high note, with another match wining ton !!!

  • Kerry on February 15, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    It's a shame the umpiring was so bad against the NZers. Three bad decisions when NZ batted against WI and then Edwards whacked the cover off the ball and it was given a wide last night when she was on 99, not sure what the umpires were watching...

  • j on February 15, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Well played England's women. Had a few DRS moments gone your way you would've been in the final, but weathering these moments and finishing 3rd is still a good effort.

  • amila on February 15, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Congrats SL girls! with minimum resources and poor backup from authorities you have shown excellent fight and courage in many games!

  • Al on February 15, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Congragulations! A great leap forward for SL women's cricket. Hope you will be given even stronger financial and structural backing from the SL cricket board after this WC.

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Sri Lanka women have beaten three good teams England, India and South Africa. And lost to West Indies, Newzealand and Australia.Kaushalya played big roles when Sri Lanka won.Another good aggressive player is needed. Australia are a really good team and have a good chance to be the champion.