Women's Cricket World Cup: Charlotte Edwards hits century as England finish third
Last Updated: 15/02/13 3:28pm
England finished third in the ICC Women's World Cup after a century from skipper Charlotte Edwards handed them a four-wicket win over New Zealand in Mumbai.
The defending champions were still smarting after not making Sunday's final despite beating New Zealand two days ago - with the West Indies' tense win over Australia ensuring both of those teams would contest the final.
Any lingering thoughts of Australia maybe throwing away chances of victory in that match after a late collapse were at least partially banished, though, as England almost blew a routine victory with a wobble of their own.
Chasing a total of 221 for victory, Edwards and company were cruising at 199-3 before some sloppy cricket saw them lose three quick wickets, which should have been four after Edwards got away with one, before she eventually saw them over the line.
The skipper followed on from a half-century against New Zealand two days ago with an unbeaten 106 to lead England to a winning score of 222-6.
It was a second century of the tournament for Edwards and her eighth ODI hundred overall as she continues to lead from the front, but the wobble in the batting perhaps explained why England could only finish third this time around.
Edwards should have been dismissed on 99 when she chased a wide ball and caught a huge edge through to the wicketkeeper, but somehow the umpire missed it and just signalled the wide ball.
Edwards faced 121 balls and hit 15 fours as she guided England to victory despite having little serious assistance. Lydia Greenway (31), Sarah Taylor (28) and Arran Brindle (27) all got starts but failed to hang around to kill-off the game.
Once Brindle left with the score on 199, Heather Knight then came and went quickly for a duck and Jenny Gunn was run out for one while being caught ball-watching and all of a sudden the pressure was on.
Laura Marsh hung around, though, and after Edwards escaped with the edge, the two got England home with three overs to spare.