Suzie Bates laments Ferns' missed chances

GEOFF LONGLEY
Last updated 05:00 18/02/2013
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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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New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates was left to rue a raft of missed opportunities as the White Ferns finished a disappointing fourth at the women's World Cup in India.

New Zealand lost their third-place playoff against England in Mumbai by four wickets.

"I think the last three games, we probably played our worst cricket which is what we will probably remember from the tournament," Bates said.

"We bowled well in that game [against the West Indies] and although we lost early wickets, we still should have chased the runs down.

"In our first game against England, we played really good cricket. We were in a position to win, but we fell away after a good start, which we also did today.

"In the playoff for third again I thought we were 30 runs short."

All-rounder Bates finished the tournament with 401 runs at 67.83. She was the leading run-getter heading into last night's Australia-West Indies final, 82 runs ahead of West Indian Stafanie Taylor.

In the playoff, New Zealand posted a solid 220 for eight, with Amy Satterthwaite following her century in the previous match against England with a determined 85 but she lacked support.

Holly Colvin was the pick of the England bowling attack with three for 31 and Arran Brindle claimed two for 38.

Charlotte Edwards struck her second century of the tournament to steer England to victory, joining Australia's Karen Rolton and New Zealand's Debbie Hockley as the only women to have scored two centuries in a single World Cup.

Short scoreboard: New Zealand 220-8 (A Satterthwaite 85, N Browne 28no, S Bates 21; H Colvin 3-31, A Brindle 2-38) lost to England 221-6 (C Edwards 106no, L Greenway 31; L Doolan 3-50, S Ruck 2-20).

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