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Charlotte Edwards reacted with typical modesty after joining Claire Taylor and Karen Rolton as the joint-most prolific one-day international century-maker.

Edwards registered ton number eight today as her side finished third in the Women’s World Cup by overcoming New Zealand.

The skipper finished with 106 not out, her second century of the tournament, to display the professionalism she demanded of a team disappointed not to have reached Sunday’s final.

She told ecb.co.uk: “We came here today to win the third-place play-off and to end the tournament on a high is pleasing.

“We’re still disappointed with the overall outcome. But we’ve been thoroughly professional, which is really pleasing.”

Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards' eighth ODI century earned her the match award after England won their third-place play-off against New Zealand

Speaking about the importance of her century, she responded: “The one against India was pretty important in terms of the situation - they're all important but it’s probably behind a couple of my hundreds, but they all mean as much to me.”

While Edwards’ innings was outstanding, she enjoyed a moment of fortune when given not out on 99 having edged behind.

She added: “Cricket’s such a great game, isn’t it? You win some, you lose some.

“I’m just pleased to contribute again, pleased to get another hundred, finally got there, pleased to get the girls over the line which was the most important thing.”

England, having restricted the White Ferns to 220 for eight, appeared set for a comfortable success as Edwards found good support from Sarah Taylor, Lydia Greenway and Arran Brindle.

Yet a series of quick wickets left them 202 for six – only for Edwards and Laura Marsh to earn victory.

She said: “We maybe had a blip in the middle, a few overs out, but we were always confident we’d get over the line. I thought we paced it well and I’m just pleased to hit the winning runs.

“It obviously helped us the other day having played against them.

“We kind of got a feel for certain bowlers and certain batters the other day.

“Maybe it would have helped both teams but we were really pleased to restrict them to 220 on that wicket and we were pretty confident we could chase them down.

“I think the bowlers were really good, especially Holly Colvin and Jenny Gunn, and the batters took responsibility which is always good.”