Taylor shines in win but Windies make final
Sarah Taylor lit up a miserable day for England, in which West Indies' victory over Australia ended the defending champions' hopes of reaching the Women's World Cup final, with a stunning return to form in victory over New Zealand.
Taylor et al headed into today's encounter, with the White Ferns at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium, needing a win and requiring Australia, who had already sealed progression to the showpiece, to beat West Indies.
However, after dismissing their opponents for 164, the previously-unbeaten Southern Stars were all out in the penultimate over to lose by eight runs.
Charlotte Edwards' side, meanwhile, were doing their part outstandingly as Taylor - having been dropped on what would have been a fourth successive duck - struck a 79-delivery 88.
The knock represented a welcome reminder of the number three’s quality, which was on full show as she capitalised on anything straight while putting on an exhibition of impressive timing.
That helped England, for whom skipper Edwards hit an eye-catching 54, to an eventual total of 266 for six.
Yet, while Taylor’s effort was impressive, New Zealand duo Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite proved capable of delivering innings of equal class to leave the White Ferns scenting victory.
Skipper Bates led the way initially with a breezy 79, while Satterthwaite - capitalising on being given not out when she clearly edged Katherine Brunt behind on 55 - was equally impressive in reaching a second one-day international century.
However, she was eventually ousted for 103 by Danni Wyatt, caught at cover, and England - despite the odd big hit - claimed vital wickets to restrict their opponents to 251 for nine.
West Indies' victory means they will face Australia in Sunday's final, while England will again do battle with New Zealand in the third-place play-off on Friday.
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New Zealand Innings
4:03pm - END OF MATCH; ENGLAND WIN BY 15 RUNS - Brunt begins the final over with a wayward delivery that flies down the leg side for five wides. However, the next six balls pass without incident and New Zealand finish on 251 for nine. England earn a morale-boosting victory ahead of the sides' meeting in the third-place play-off on Friday.
3:55pm - WICKET! Nielsen b Gunn 0; NZ 237/9 - Gunn sends down the perfect leg-stump yorker and castles Morna Nielsen. England are just a wicket away.
3:50pm - WICKET! McGlashan c Gunn b Brunt 15; NZ 235/8 - Gunn gets a deserved wicket as McGlashan mis-times a slog straight to mid-on.
3:46pm - WICKET! Priest c Knight b Colvin 1; NZ 232/7 - Take a bow, Heather Knight. Fielding at long-on, she takes a spectacular catch diving forward off Colvin. All eyes are on McGlashan now given she seems to represent New Zealand's last hope.
3:44pm - WICKET! Perkins b Wyatt 8; NZ 225/6 - And now they are favourites! After being crunched for a six down the ground, Wyatt responds by bowling Katie Perkins - attempting an ill-judged shot across the line - next ball. McGlashan responds with a huge maximum over midwicket to remind us New Zealand are still in this.
3:37pm - WICKET! Browne b Colvin 1; NZ 216/5 - And suddenly the tables have turned as Nicola Browne is bowled round her legs by Colvin, coming from over the wicket, attempting a sweep. England are scenting victory now.
3:33pm - WICKET! Satterthwaite c Edwards b Wyatt 103; NZ 214/4 - Wyatt gets the big breakthrough! Satterthwaite looks to hit over cover, but fails to clear Edwards. Game on!
3:30pm - CENTURY! Satterthwaite (120b 16x4 0x6) - Sara McGlashan introduces herself with a strike over mid-off for four before almost chopping on to her stumps. Satterthwaite then brings up an outstanding century with two fours in three balls, the first pulled through midwicket and the second via backward square-leg.
3:20pm - WICKET! Devine c Taylor b Colvin 17; NZ 196/3 - Poor shot from Devine, who skies a wild heave, allowing Taylor to take a comfortable catch.
3:17pm - Brunt is showing great heart, but fails to cut off Satterthwaite's pull in the deep off Marsh, who then watches on as the left-hander guides her to fine-leg for another four.
3:07pm - Bizarrely, the batting powerplay has slowed the run-rate somewhat. Maybe Satterthwaite also has an eye on a second ODI century too; she’s presently 81 not out. New Zealand require 84 from 72 deliveries. It's drinks time.
2:55pm - Undeterred by the loss of her long-time partner, Satterthwaite drives and pulls for further boundaries before Sophie Devine adds a couple of her own, hitting Gunn down the ground and guiding Marsh through third man.
2:41pm - WICKET! Bates b Gunn 79; NZ 145/2 - England get the breakthrough as the impressive Bates advances, misses her expansive stroke and is bowled.
2:31pm - England's bad luck continues as the returning Brunt finds the edge of Satterthwaite, appeals vociferously with her team-mates and then reacts with horror when the umpire delivers a not-out verdict. Bates compounds the misery by smashing a Gunn full-toss for six over square-leg.
2:23pm - FIFTY! Satterthwaite (60b 9x4 0x6); CENTURY PARTNERSHIP! - These two have enjoyed some fortune - and played well in equal measure - but their stand reaches three figures. Satterthwaite then joins her partner in moving past 50 with a glorious drive through point.
2:17pm - It turns out, by the way, that Shrubsole is unwell, hence she has not bowled. That makes sense given this is now a dead-rubber.
2:16pm - England’s frustration continues as Satterthwaite pulls boundaries either side of Danni Wyatt’s loud lbw appeal being turned down; that looked out to me. Bates follows that up by chopping Marsh just past her stumps for four. She - and England - are getting no luck at the moment.
2:08pm - FIFTY! Bates (69b 9x4 0x6) - A clip to leg for one brings up Bates' excellent half-century. England will need to get rid of her soon.
2:02pm - England are starting to put the squeeze on New Zealand slightly. Time for a drink.
1:52pm - MISSED CHANCE! - Well, it's harsh to call this a chance. Colvin, who is beginning to extract some turn, finds Bates' edge. However, the ball deviated significantly and Taylor could not take the catch.
1:46pm - After Colvin sees a close lbw appeal turned down against Bates, the White Ferns’ skipper finds her ninth boundary with straight drive. She then survives a stumping appeal off Gunn.
1:35pm - Marsh's woes continue as a full-toss is put away through point by Bates before Satterthwaite edges another boundary. Here comes Holly Colvin.
1:26pm - MISSED CHANCE! - England are not off to the best start in the field; after Bates hits Laura Marsh for two fours, Charlotte Edwards shells a simple chance at gully off Jenny Gunn.
1:17pm - New Zealand respond impressively as Amy Satterthwaite drives Brindle through cover before putting a full-toss away through leg. Bates backs that up with three boundaries in the next over, cutting, edging over the keeper and driving through cover.
1:08pm - WICKET! Doolan st Taylor b Brindle 1; NZ 11/1 - Brilliant work from Sarah Taylor, who continues her fine day. Brindle sends a delivery down the leg side, Doolan over-balances and the wicketkeeper takes off the bails in a flash. Excellent stuff.
1:07pm - England surprisingly give Arran Brindle, instead of the competition's joint-leading wicket-taker Anya Shrubsole the new ball, and she sends down a tight set of six. Suzie Bates then shows her quality by pulling and clipping Brunt for fours.
12:59pm - Katherine Brunt sends down a solid first over that costs two runs, the first of which comes via a Lucy Doolan edge through slip.
12:14pm - END OF INNINGS; ENGLAND 266/6 - Jenny Gunn and Knight - who finish unbeaten on 23 and 28 respectively - gain some valuable late runs, with the latter gaining four from an impressive, Jos Buttler-esque scoop shot. She adds a boundary over square-leg, while her partner strikes six over long-on before being dropped by Priest. A four squirted away off the last then takes England to an impressive total of 266 for six.
12:06pm - WICKET! Greenway st Priest b Doolan 22; Eng 228/6 - Smart work from wicketkeeper Rachel Priest, who whips off the bails after Greenway yorks herself, advancing. England are losing their way here.
12:03pm - Heather Knight chips in with two impressive aerial boundaries, one over midwicket and the other down the ground. Those came after Doolan narrowly failed to get to a caught-and-bowled chance off Greenway.
11:55am - WICKET! Brindle c McGlashan b Doolan; Eng 213/5 - Lucy Doolan gets in on the act, getting rid of Arran Brindle - who slog-sweeps tamely to midwicket.
11:48am - WICKET! Marsh b Nielsen 11; Eng 209/4 - After guiding through third man for another four in the previous over, Marsh is bowled heaving across the line to Nielsen's final delivery.
11:42am - Excellent response from England as Lydia Greenway finds the fence with back-to-back reverse-sweeps and Laura Marsh does likewise via an edge through third man.
11:33am - WICKET! Taylor c Brown b Bates 88; Eng 186/3 - Taylor eventually falls, picking out mid-off, but not before adding three further boundaries. Her outstanding 79-delivery knock deserved to reach three figures, but it is not to be.
11:28am - MISSED CHANCE! - Taylor looks in fine touch, and is also enjoying some good fortune. She clips outstandingly through square-leg and pulls another boundary either side of a chip over cover for two. Suzie Bates appears to have gained revenge when the number three hits her straight to Sara McGlashan at midwicket, only for the umpire to go upstairs - where it is adjudged the bowler over-stepped. That was close! Taylor punishes the error by striking a full-toss for six over midwicket off the free hit. Eventful!
11:12am - Taylor is really turning on the style now, advancing to Nielsen and driving impressively through cover. Time for a drink.
11:05am - FIFTY! Taylor (57b 10x4 0x6) - Taylor looks imperious now; it's a shame for England and the tournament that she could not find find this form earlier. She hooks powerfully for four and clips another through fine-leg either side of Lydia Greenway's slog-sweep before a single brings a 10th ODI half-century.
10:50am - WICKET! Edwards c Perkins b Browne 54' Eng 127/2 - Ah, but she cannot kick on and make a century. An airy drive off Browne flies straight to backward-point, where Katie Perkins takes a comfortable catch.
10:47am - FIFTY! Edwards (76b 8x4 2x6) - That's a cracking shot from Edwards, who reaches her half-century with a cut four through third man before finding another boundary via a powerful sweep.
10:42am - More excellent stuff from Taylor and Edwards. The former is now 34 not out from just 37 balls after crunching a full-toss past mid-off and the latter's edging towards 50 following a cut to the third man fence.
10:31am - That result also means England will again face New Zealand in the match to decide who finishes third. It's such a shame given Taylor and Edwards have enjoyed a boundary rush in the last few overs, with the former suddenly looking in outstanding touch.
10:22am - WEST INDIES WIN BY EIGHT RUNS; ENGLAND CANNOT REACH WORLD CUP FINAL - Osborne is run out and West Indies have reached the World Cup final alongside Australia.
10:19am - And now the formula changes; Megan Schutt has just been run out and Australia need nine from 13 deliveries with just one wicket in hand!
10:18am - DROPPED CHANCE - There's plenty to report! Taylor avoids a fourth successive duck as a simple catch is shelled at deep midwicket before showing some of her considerable quality with two fours, the first swept and the second clipped through midwicket. Elsewhere, Erin Osborne hits three quick boundaries, leaving Australia needing nine from 14 balls.
10:07am - More bad news: Renee Chappell is out for Australia, who are now 140 for eight chasing 165. It's not looking good.
10:04am - WICKET! Wyatt c Browne b Nielsen 26; Eng 59/1 - What a spectacular catch this is from Nicola Browne, who dives forward having come in from long-on to get rid of Wyatt. Sarah Taylor, considered England's best player, comes in having registered three successive ducks. She needs to fire today.
10:01am - Things are going well for England in this game, but not elsewhere. Julie Hunter has just been run out and Australia are 131 for seven. The good news is that Wyatt is finding her feet, having struck boundaries through cover and down the ground.
9:50am - Edwards cover-drives four at exactly the same time as Jodie Fields departs across Mumbai. Australia are now 130 for six chasing 165; you did not think it would go smoothly, did you?
9:47am - Alex Blackwell has fallen for 46 but Australia remain on course, at 130 for five, for victory. Meanwhile, Wyatt has just pulled left-arm spinner Morna Nielsen's full-toss for four.
9:38am - Edwards breaks the shackles with a beautifully-timed clip through leg for four. Wyatt then plays out a maiden, leaving England 31 for none after 10 overs.
9:29am - New Zealand have just tightened things up somewhat, though the same cannot be said of West Indies versus Australia - who are looking comfortable at 120 for four.
9:20am - Amid Wyatt's struggles versus Ruck, Edwards continues to impress against Candy, delivery another boundary through the off side. Following a single, her partner finds some timing by pulling an awful full-toss over midwicket.
9:13am - As Australia move beyond three figures for the loss of four wickets versus West Indies, Edwards pulls for four after Wyatt had been given problems in a maiden from Ruck.
9:06am - England have made a solid start here, with Danni Wyatt driving through the off side for four off Sian Ruck and Charlotte Edwards cutting another from Rachel Candy in the same area. There is not much swing and these two will be looking to get their side off to a flier.
9am - We're are about to get under way at the Brabourne Stadium. Across Mumbai, Australia have lost Lisa Sthalekar and subsequently reached 90 for four. Things are getting tense already.
8:54am - An update from the Bandra Kurla Complex: Australia have lost another wicket, that of Jess Cameron for 39, against West Indies. They are 82 for three chasing 165.
8:44am - ENGLAND WIN TOSS & BAT - More good news for Edwards et al. The skipper has won the toss and chosen to bat, which makes sense given it represents the best opportunity of improving their NRR.
8:40am - The day has started positively for England, with Australia looking in good shape to overcome West Indies having reached 67 for two chasing 165. Charlotte Edwards' side require West Indies to win and then need to beat New Zealand comfortably enough to usurp Merissa Aguilleira's team on net run-rate. For more information on those permutations, click here.
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