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England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards blamed inconsistency for her side’s downfall as they saw their World Cup defence come to an end today despite a 15-run win over New Zealand at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.

Half-centuries from Edwards and Sarah Taylor helped England post an imposing 266 for six in their final Super Six match and, although Amy Satterthwaite smashed a hundred, the White Ferns fell short of their target on 251 for nine.

The victory was immaterial, however, as West Indies’ surprise win over Australia earlier in the day saw them join the Southern Stars in Sunday’s final.

Instead of defending their title, England will now face New Zealand again in Friday’s third-place play-off and Edwards admitted it was not the outcome she had hoped for.

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Charlotte Edwards said: “I’m very proud of the way we’ve ended this match, but obviously bitterly disappointed in the grand scheme."

The skipper was left to rue England’s shock opening-game loss to Sri Lanka and their Super Six defeat to Australia.

“Halfway through the game we got the (Australia) result, but it was about putting in a professional performance today and the girls certainly did that,” she said.

“I’m very proud of the way we’ve ended this match, but obviously bitterly disappointed in the grand scheme of things.

“It’s our own fault. Our inconsistency up front in the tournament has cost us and we’re probably playing our best cricket now.

“For the last two weeks it’s been a rollercoaster for this team and we’ve dealt with it brilliantly. Today it’s just disappointing that it’s all ended but I’m very proud of the England dressing room right now.

“It’s always a good contest between us and the Kiwis so we’ll come back Friday, there’s third place to play for and we’ll all be looking for that.”

Taylor’s 88 could instead have been a fourth straight duck had Lucy Doolan held on off Nicola Browne at deep midwicket.

“Lucy ran round and I just thought she’s taken it. Fortunately for me she dropped it and it was just pure relief to finally get off the mark after a few games,” Taylor admitted.

“It’s been a tough tournament for me and it’s actually nice to contribute. Like I said earlier, it was just a little too late in terms of the competition. But it was nice to put runs on the board and help the team get into a position and the girls at the end did brilliantly as well.

“This is my natural game. After three ducks you just think you might as well go out there and enjoy it because you can’t do any worse. I did that and I just want to say a big congrats to Amy on her hundred. That was a brilliant hundred. We’re just looking forward to the next game.”