White Ferns finish fourth at women's World Cup

Last updated 07:46 16/02/2013
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FOURTH: Suzie Bates congratulates England captain Charlotte Edwards after the White Ferns lost the third-placed playoff by four wickets.

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The White Ferns have finished fourth at the women's World Cup after losing to England by four-wickets in the third-place playoff.

New Zealand lost the toss and were sent in to bat but signs were ominous when the tournament's top run scorer and New Zealand captain Suzie Bates was dismissed for just 21.

Amy Satterthwaite delivered a spirited knock to carry the Kiwis with 85 and left England chasing a competitive total of 221.

But England captain Charlotte Edwards led from the front with 106 off 121 balls for her eighth one-day century, equalling the record for the most centuries in women's one-dayers.

Offspinner Lucy Doolan was the best of the bowlers for the White Ferns finishing with three for 50 off her ten overs.

Bates said after the match she was disappointed her side hadn't been able to pull through when it counted.

"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."

In the fifth and sixth place playoff Sri Lanka eased past South Africa by 88 runs.

The West Indies and Australia will play for the title.

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

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