Edwards examines England flaws
England women's captain Charlotte Edwards blamed inconsistency for her side's downfall as they saw their World Cup defence come to a disappointing end, despite a 15-run win over New Zealand in Mumbai.
Half-centuries from Edwards and Sarah Taylor helped England post an imposing 266 for six in their final Super Sixes match, and although Amy Satterthwaite smashed a century for New Zealand, they fell short of their target on 251 for nine.
The victory was immaterial, however, as West Indies' surprise win over Australia earlier in the day saw them join the Southern Stars in this weekend's final. "Halfway through the game we got that (Australia) result, but it was about putting in a professional performance and the girls certainly did that," Edwards said.
"I'm very proud of the way we've ended this match, but obviously bitterly disappointed in the grander scheme of things. It's our own fault. Inconsistency at the front of the tournament has cost us and we're probably playing our best cricket now.
"For the last two weeks it's been a rollercoaster for this team and we've dealt with it brilliantly. It's just disappointing that it's all ended but I'm very proud of the England dressing room right now. It's always a good contest between us and the Kiwis so we'll come back Friday, there's third place to play for and we'll all be looking for that."
Edwards and Danielle Wyatt (26) made a confident start with the bat for England until the stand was broken on 59, with the latter falling to a superb diving catch from Nicola Browne. Taylor began to put together an entertaining innings but news then filtered through of Australia's defeat and the atmosphere quickly fell flat.
Edwards tried her best to lift things, passing her half-century with an eighth boundary, but the captain's stay was ended on 54 by Browne. Taylor's luck finally ran out when, on 88, she succumbed to another delivery from Bates with Browne again showing safe hands.
Laura Marsh, Arran Brindle and Lydia Greenway soon followed but late cameos from Heather Knight (28 not out) and Jenny Gunn (23no) saw England through to the end.
New Zealand lost Lucy Doolan early on, but a second-wicket partnership quickly blossomed between Suzie Bates and Satterthwaite. Gunn eventually broke the partnership on 134, bowling Bates for 79, and the dismissal of Sophie Devine (17) followed, but Satterthwaite reached her second ODI century, from 120 balls, with another boundary.
However, the runs began to dry up when her stint was ended on 103 by Wyatt in the next over, and England - helped by Holly Colvin's three for 48 - claimed the next five wickets for just 23 to wrap up the win.