Women's World Cup 2013, play-offs

Edwards guides England to third place

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 15, 2013

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

Charlotte Edwards pulls during her century, England v New Zealand, 3rd place playoff, Women's World Cup, Mumbai, February 15, 2013
Charlotte Edwards became the third player to score eight centuries in women's ODIs, with Australia's Karen Rolton and England's Claire Taylor © Getty Images

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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Posted by Humbata 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

Posted by Nathan_123 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.

Posted by JG2704 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

Posted by anver777 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 !!!

Posted by nzmtber 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...

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge 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.

Posted by amilag 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!

Posted by Lord.emsworth 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by KingOwl on (February 15, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

Well done, SL gals! Not bad to be 5th relative to where SL were at just a couple of years ago. I think if SL people start taking the women's game seriously, they will be WC contenders soon. But I am a bit afraid that after this WC, people will forget about the women's game. I know I am likely to, unfortunately.

Posted by mark2011 on (February 15, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

Alls well that ends well.... good SL women ended with win, good show by them in the tournament, but needs to be more consistency in the performance, but certainly they are the much improved team in this series.certainly they made this WWC much more interesting than initially others thought...also I think these wins will help to boost women's criket in SL.. specially in school level, more girls shuld now look for play criket... all the best for women's cricket in SL...

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

well done SL girls.. Wish to hear of your wins often in the future..

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 15, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

@Sugath on (February 15, 2013, 13:26 GMT), it does appear that the organisation behind the SL women is not keeping up with the talent of the players. The same could be said of the men though. I have to wonder what SL could do with the financial resources available to India, or even those of England or Australia. To think that there's talk of England's men being underpaid while the SL players went how long without being paid at all?

Posted by Sugath on (February 15, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

So Lanka beat three teams who on paper are better than them, have more resources, and in England and SA have a structure that enables them to play more often than Lankan lasses. But why did they lose to WI, Kangaroos and Kiwis, and the answer lies in lack of proper planning. It is time that a suitable local structure is built for the girls to play more often and proper strategic plans put in place to develop the game. With that kind of thinking Lankans can emulate Arjuna and team to bring the Ladies W Cup to Lanka in the next essay.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

Well done England, shame about the earlier matches when you have lost two close games. Such a close margin of error define the whole tournament. Looking forward to watching you playing this summer in Eng;and!!Who are you playing next?

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