Satterthwaite ton in vain as New Zealand lose

A hard-fought century by New Zealand vice-captain Amy Satterthwaite was in vain as the team lost to England by 15 runs in its final Super Six fixture and also failed to qualify for the final of the ICC Women's World Cup India 2013.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor were back to their sublime batting best with the captain striking 54 while Taylor hit 16 boundaries on her way to 88 before departing after being caught by Nicola Browne.

England's Heather Knight and Jenny Gunn added 38 for the seventh wicket and the side posted the respectable total of 266 for six after Lucy Doolan (2-25) and Morna Nielsen (2-57) claimed wickets for the White Ferns.

In response, captain Suzie Bates led from the front in the run-chase, striking 12-boundaries before departing for 79 after Gunn re-arranged the 25-year-old from Dunedin's stumps. The innings was then guided by Satterthwaite's 126-ball 103, which took the side to 214 and ever-closer to victory over England.

However, New Zealand's batting could not sustain the momentum set up by Satterthwaite and Bates and some nifty bowling from Holly Colvin (3-48) and Jenny Gunn meant New Zealand fell short by just 15 runs.

Post-match, Bates was enigmatic about the defeat and admitted it was tough finding out mid-match that West Indies had beaten Australia to claim the second spot in the final: "It was disappointing today as both teams were going into the game playing for a spot in the final and it would have been easier to not to have known that West Indies had won. However, both teams are competitive and it was a good game of cricket at the end of the day and we both stepped up to the mark and ultimately finished the day with a good game of cricket."

With regards to the format of the tournament and the fact the side will play England again, Bates said: "I think it doesn't work out like this that often (that the final round of Super Six matches are then repeated in the play-offs). You can't complain, if Australia had gotten up and beaten West Indies this could have been a totally different situation and we wouldn't have had to play England again on Friday.

"I think having a Super Six gives teams everything to play for as the pool games count towards points for this stage and that means every game is crucial, it's actually a better format than if you had a semi-final style where a team could potentially have one poor performance which means they lose out on the whole tournament even if they've done well in the group stage."

England captain, Edwards said on missing out on a place in the ICC Women's World Cup final: "I'm pretty heartbroken really, the tempo of the game changed and it was disappointing for both teams once we found out West Indies had won, but then I don't know why I'm surprised about the West Indies win as this tournament has been full of surprises.

"Once we got over the disappointment halfway through I think we was all about a professional performance of the girls and I'm proud of how both teams went on to play and showed a really good display of women's cricket despite the circumstances."

Edwards admitted the current World Champions had not played as well as they should have, saying: "We came here to win this tournament and we haven't, we haven't even got into the final. But it's not about that now, we were very inconsistent in the first phase of the tournament and we are possibly now playing our best cricket now which is too late, which is disappointing for us as players.

"It is tournament cricket and we've paid for our slow start and at the wrong time we're really hitting straps but these players are world class players who will bounce back and that's just tournament cricket."

Edwards added that England had no excuses for its two early losses but the tournament had shown the world how much women's cricket had improved, commenting: "There's no excuses from us in the two losses, we didn't hold our catches and we didn't play well enough against  Sri Lanka, who have also really improved.

"The great thing for me sitting here now, although it's disappointing for England but with my women's cricket hat on, it's exciting that the teams are coming closer together, teams are beating teams that you would never have expected, so globally we've got to be very proud of what this tournament has done for women's cricket, but with my England hat on I'm pretty much heartbroken."

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

On Now: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

On Now: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

GAME 7, SHARJAH—Punjab elect to bowl. More »

Royal test for Kings

Royal test for Kings

Preview — Clash of philosophies between Australia-centric teams More »

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

The Nawab of Najafgarh says a good run in IPL could help his chances of a comeback on India's tour to England in June. More »

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Some members stressed on the need for proposing names with an "impeccable record and clean image". More »

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Furious fifties by Duminy and Dinesh Karthik end a long losing streak for the Daredevils. More »

Five things England must do to bounce back

Five things England must do to bounce back

England have appointed a new head coach in Peter Moores. More »

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

Royal Challengers overcame a stutter to cruise to the small target they were set by Mumbai Indians. More »

‘Felt like helpless minority’

‘Felt like helpless minority’

Former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke says emotions got the better of Srinivasan and he tried to oversimplify things by calling Meiyappan an “enthusiast.” More »

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

Kevin Pietersen's hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end Saturday when ECB managing director Paul Downton said there was 'no way back'… More »

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

His status as president of TNCA makes him eligible to attend the Working Committee meeting on Sunday. More »

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »

The world record that nearly wasn't

The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it. More »

Moores gets second stint as coach

Moores gets second stint as coach

In a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009, the 51-year-old Moores led England in seven Test series. More »

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh's senior players will have three sessions with a psychological skill development coach later this month More »

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

Dalmiya feels that Srinivasan’s ‘power hungry’ attitude isn’t helping matters. More »

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

The 36-year-old believes the T20 format and rule changes in 50-over matches have made a real difference. More »

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

BCCI members want independent probe

BCCI members want independent probe

The board members are realising after the Supreme Court's observations that something has to be done — IS Bindra More »

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Preview — The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Preview — Given the firepower in both line-ups, Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer More »

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »