England v New Zealand, Women's World Cup, Mumbai - as it happened

England beat New Zealand by 15 runs in Mumbai, but West Indies end their hopes of reaching the Women's World Cup final.

13 February 2013 Last updated at 16:25 GMT

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  1. 1625: 

    It's now time for me to sign off and thank you for your company this afternoon. We will have live text commentary of the third place play-off between England and New Zealand on Friday from around 0300 GMT. Until then, goodbye.

  2. 1622: 

    Player of the match Sarah Taylor, who scored 88: "It was a relief that the catch was dropped when I was on nought and I got off the mark. It has been a tough tournament for me but it was nice to contribute today. I played my natural game, knowing that after three consecutive ducks it couldn't really get any worse."

  3. 1620: 

    England captain Charlotte Edwards: "Halfway through the game we got the Windies result but it was about putting in a professional performance. I am proud of the way the girls ended the match but disappointed about the bigger picture. I found out by looking up at the big screen while I was batting, which is not ideal. It's our own fault though, our own inconsistency up front in the tournament has cost us. But there is still a lot to be proud of, a lot of these players have got great futures in the game."

  4. 1617: 

    New Zealand captain Suzie Bates: "I didn't realise West Indies had won until I looked at the scoreboard during a drinks break. It was disappointing."


    David in Spain, TMS inbox: "Small consolation to Charlotte Edwards and the squad, but congratulations to England nonetheless on a fine victory."

  6. 1613: 

    While we wait to hear what England captain Charlotte Edwards thought of today's events, Test Match Special's Charles Dagnall has written a feature about the rise of the fast bowler in the women's game. He looks at England's Anya Shrubsole, who is the tournament's joint leading wicket-taker, and two Australians in Ellyse Perry and Holly Ferling who are making their mark on this year's tournament.

  7. 1612: 

    England Women might have won their match today, but there was no such luck for England Under-19s in their first youth ODI against South Africa. England hit 221 from their 50 overs, with captain Ben Duckett of Northants top-scoring with 51. South Africa chased down their target with four overs and seven wickets to spare; Yorkshire's Jonathan Tattersall was the pick of the England bowlers with 2-36. The next match in the five-game series is in Cape Town on Friday.

  8. 1609: 

    England's Holly Colvin, who took 3-48: "Lottie (Charlotte Edwards) batted brilliantly, as did Sarah Taylor, and that helped us to get to a big total. We kept taking wickets at the end of New Zealand's innings and pegged them back. At least we have got one over on them ahead of Friday's third-place match."

  9. 1606: 

    What a fantastic performance by England. It's just a shame victory doesn't earn them a place in the final. Now they have to do it all again and try and beat New Zealand in the third place play-off on Friday.

  10. 50 overs: 
    ENGLAND WIN BY 15 RUNS- NZ 251-9

    Katherine Brunt begins the final over by bowling five wides, which makes the New Zealand task slightly easier. It still looks mission impossible though as Brunt almost bowls Sian Ruck with a wonderful inswinging yorker. There is then a huge pause in play while the third umpire checks to see if Sian Ruck is run out. The Kiwi batsman is in her ground and has two balls to get 20. She carves two into the off side, and repeats the trick from the final delivery of the over. However, it's not enough and ENGLAND WIN THE MATCH BY 15 RUNS.

  11. 49 overs: 
    WICKET- Nielsen b Gunn 0 (NZ 237-9)

    This has been a great fightback by England, who have showed true professionalism to hang in there and get close to victory. Morna Nielsen is the latest Kiwi batter to depart after being bowled by a perfect Jenny Gunn yorker. Just one run from the over, meaning New Zealand need 30 runs from the final over. I think England have won this one now...

  12. 48 overs: 
    WICKET- McGlashan c Gunn b Brunt 15 (NZ 236-8)

    Katherine Brunt has been brought back on to try and blow the New Zealand tail away and she obliges by picking up the wicket of Sara McGlashan, who gifts a catch to Jenny Gunn at mid-on. NZ now need 31 from 12 balls.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "England have been a bowler short because of Anya Shrubsole's absence so Charlotte Edwards has had to mix and match to make the overs up. It's been a good effort."

    You can listen to the final deliveries on BBC Test Match Special on 5 live sports extra, online and on mobile devices.

  14. 47 overs: 
    WICKET- Priest c Knight b Colvin 1 (NZ 232-7)

    Another wicket for England as Rachel Priest skies one down to long on, where Heather Knight takes a fantastic catch at full stretch. It really is game on now. Sara McGlashan remains a threat and she cuts two down past backward point before adding a single. NZ need 32 from 18 balls now.

  15. 46 overs: 
    WICKET- Perkins b Wyatt 8 (NZ 232-6) Target 267

    England must fancy their chances now and if they do win they owe a huge thanks to Jenny Gunn and Katherine Brunt for some economical bowling earlier in the innings which created some scoreboard pressure. Katie Perkins is the latest to perish in the quest for quick runs when, after hitting Dani Wyatt for six, she goes for another slog and is bowled. Sara McGlashan continues to go for the big shots and hammers a huge six over cow corner. NZ need 35 from 24.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Browne got too far over, trying to hit the sweep, and the ball turned. Holly Colvin has been pretty dependable for England and that run-rate is climbing. England must feel they are getting some semblance of control now."

  17. 45 overs: 
    WICKET- Browne b Colvin 1 (NZ 218-5)

    England might be eliminated from the World Cup but this game still means something to them - judging by the smiles on their faces when Nicola Browne is bowled around her legs by left-arm spinner Holly Colvin. Katie Perkins is new to the crease and she begins by going aerial, with Lydia Greenway inches away from taking a fine catch over her shoulder. NZ need 49 from 30 balls now.

  18. 44 overs: 
    WICKET- Satterthwaite c Edwards b Wyatt 103 (NZ 215-4)

    A glimmer of hope for England as Dani Wyatt loops the ball up to Amy Satterthwaite, who drives on the up and Charlotte Edwards takes a fine catch at extra cover. That means we have two new batters at the crease with New Zealand needing 52 runs to win from 36 balls.

    Amy Satterthwaite
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, ex-England batter on Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Great work from Amy Satterthwaite. It's a great hundred. This is the 10th hundred in this tournament and to get that under the lights here is really impressive."

    Can England recover? Test Match Special has the latest from the ground.

  20. 43 overs: 
    100 FOR AMY SATTERTHWAITE- NZ 211-3 (Target 267)

    Take a bow, Amy Satterthwaite. The New Zealander reaches her second ODI century, from 120 balls, with two boundaries off Holly Colvin. It's been a tremendous knock, can she now see her team over the line?

  21. 42 overs: 
    NZ 202-3 (Target 267)

    New Zealand's new batter Sara McGlashan doesn't have much time to get herself in and goes aerial to Arran Brindle to get off the mark with four down the ground. Just five from the over means the run-rate continues to rise - the Kiwis need 65 more runs from 48 balls now.

  22. 41 overs: 
    WICKET- Devine c Taylor b Colvin 17 (NZ 197-3)

    The good news for England is that a couple of tight overs have seen the required run-rate rise to seven an over. Can scoreboard pressure induce a batting collapse? It appears possible when Sophie Devine goes for the big shot and sends the ball high into the Mumbai sky, giving Sarah Taylor enough time to get into position and take a good catch. Sara McGlashan is the new batter at the crease. Just two runs from the over.

  23. 40 overs: 
    NZ 195-2

    Katherine Brunt is getting plenty of reverse swing now and still running in with the same type of effort which she would display in a World Cup final. Sophie Devine is struggling to get off strike, with just one run coming from the final over of the powerplay.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, ex-England batter on Radio 5 live sports extra

    "A full toss when somebody is in like Satterthwaite means the batsman can pick their spot. This over has had some loose balls and that has given New Zealand a little bit too much momentum. There's a bit of flatness in the bowlers."

  25. 39 overs: 
    NZ 194-2

    I wonder if New Zealand have decided to go for it following the drinks break? They begin to attack Laura Marsh and Amy Satterthwaite is edging ever closer to three figures following a couple of boundaries. She's 90 not out now, which is a great knock considering she spent most of her innings in the shadow of the magnificent Suzie Bates. Eleven from the over.

  26. 38 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- NZ 183-2

    There is plenty of dew falling in Mumbai, making it harder for bowlers to grip the ball and easier for batters because the ball comes on to the willow nicely. Katherine Brunt is not one for excuses though and continues to throw the kitchen sink at New Zealand without any success. Two runs from the over. Time for some drinks.

  27. 37 overs: 
    NZ 181-2

    Sophie Devine has replaced Suzie Bates and is a busy batter, always looking to keep the scoreboard ticking. Without playing any big shots, New Zealand manage to take another five runs from Laura Marsh's over. It's all a bit too easy.

  28. 36 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- NZ 176-2

    We're into the 36th over, meaning the powerplay has been imposed on the batting side. Katherine Brunt comes back into the attack and starts to hang the ball outside off stump - the type of delivery that almost got rid of Suzie Bates earlier. She changes her line to new batter Sophie Devine, going up for a leg-before shout after getting the ball to reverse into the Kiwi's pads. The umpire correctly deems the ball to be going down leg.

  29. 35 overs: 
    NZ 173-2

    Over on TMS, Mark Butcher reckons we could still be in for a grandstand finish. Laura Marsh is certainly hoping so as she continues to wheel away. Her luck is not really in tonight though as Sophie Devine gets a thick outside edge for four. NZ need 94 from 90 balls.


    Matt Green: "At work, but couldn't resist highlighting the Fidel Edwards v Graham Thorpe showdown in 2004. Thank goodness for helmets."

    Good shout Matt. Fidel can certainly bowl quick when he wants to.

  31. 34 overs: 
    NZ 166-2

    So while Stephan has a nosey around 'the most exclusive club in Mumbai', New Zealand add another six runs to their total. They need 101 runs from 16 overs now.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport in Mumbai

    "The Brabourne Stadium, home of the Cricket Club of India, has been described as 'the most exclusive club in Mumbai'. Certainly there is plenty of socialising being done here away from the cricket. Beneath the press box is a room full of tables covered in green baize. Inside, groups of women chat and play cards, entirely ignorant of what is going on in the middle."

  33. 33 overs: 
    NZ 160-2

    Katherine Brunt is not going to give this one up yet, producing a magnificent diving stop on the boundary to deny Amy Satterthwaite a certain four. The Kiwi batter is undeterred though and hits four on both sides of the wicket to move to 73 not out. Could she be on her way to a second ODI century?

  34. 32 overs: 
    NZ 149-2

    Jenny Gunn has been miserly in this innings, giving very little away and getting rid of New Zealand's best player. Just three from her latest over as the Kiwis try and rebuild.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Bates has put New Zealand into a strong position but hasn't got them close enough to home. Jenny Gunn can't really believe she's taken that wicket. It's given England the chance to lift a few heads and start looking again like a unit that was once world champions."

  36. 31 overs: 
    NZ 146-2

    England are beginning to tighten the screw again, with Holly Colvin conceding just one run from the over. Another couple of wickets and they will fancy their chances again.

  37. 30 overs: 
    NZ 145-2

    I bet Brunt is glad to see the back of Bates. I look forward to seeing them duel again on Friday in the third place play-off. I mentioned Donald v Atherton in 1998, but what are your favourite little battles that have happened on the pitch down the years? Let me know. Just one run from another good Jenny Gunn over.

  38. 29.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Bates b Gunn 79 (NZ 145-2)

    England finally make the breakthrough when Jenny Gunn fires one towards leg stump and Suzie Bates falls over in her shot and is bowled. A fantastic innings comes to an end. Can England still win this?

  39. 29 overs: 
    NZ 144-1

    Suzie Bates is playing one of the great innings here, raising her game every time England's champion fast bowler, Katherine Brunt, steams in. Her latest response is a glorious punch through the covers for four. Such a glorious shot from the skipper whose talents deserve to be on display in the final.

  40. 28 overs: 
    NZ 135-1

    Still no wicket for England then, as Jenny Gunn comes on to bowl and is smashed into the stands by Suzie Bates. Today is going from bad to worse for Charlotte Edwards's side.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, ex-England batter on Radio 5 live sports extra

    "My gut feeling is that I didn't see any deviation. I know everyone went up to appeal but I didn't see an edge even on the replay. Sometimes when you are down and your emotions are firing you just want that wicket."

  42. 27 overs: 
    NZ 127-1

    So what have you got Katherine Brunt? The field is out now, with no slips in place for the fast bowler. From the final ball of the over, the Barnsley seamer goes up for a caught behind after Suzie Bates slashes at one outside off stump. It's the loudest shout of the night, but the umpire is unmoved. That will do nothing to improve her mood. Her face is like thunder now, her duel with Suzie Bates reminds me of Allan Donald against Michael Atherton at Trent Bridge in 1998. It's great viewing.

    Katherine Brunt shows her frustration
  43. 26 overs: 
    NZ 126-1

    Are New Zealand going to cash in now both batters have passed 50? It appears so, with both Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite helping themselves to a boundary each. Good news for England, Katherine Brunt is coming back into the attack...

    Suzie Bates
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, former England batter on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "England have given them too many short ones and these batsmen are strong girls. If England can take a wicket in the next couple of overs they can regain some control, but without that New Zealand can take over with these batsmen set. "

  45. 25 overs: 

    Suzie Bates takes a single which brings up the century partnership from 126 balls. These two need to be separated if England are to win the match. Laura Marsh is doing her best but is being milked for singles by the canny pair. Amy Satterthwaite brings up her half-century with a four past backward point.

  46. 24 overs: 
    NZ 110-1 (Target 267)

    Can Arran Brindle provide that inspiration? She has got the only wicket to fall so far and is brought back into the attack by Charlotte Edwards. Her slow, looping seamers are difficult to hit but the Kiwis keep things ticking over with four more runs.

  47. 23 overs: 
    NZ 106-1 (Target 267)

    Laura Marsh has her hands on her head after a decent delivery is cut fine for four by Suzie Bates, who looks ultra focused on seeing her side to victory here. England look a bit flat now and need a bit of inspiration from somewhere.

  48. 22 overs: 
    NZ 100-1

    Did you know that Dani Wyatt counts darts legend Phil Taylor among her celebrity friends? If not, you do now. She's struggling to find the right lengths out in the middle, dropping short and being punished with a pair of fours by Amy Satterthwaite.

    Mel Jones, former Australia cricketer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It's been a fascinating innings to watch from Bates. She got away to a flier and took Brunt on, but now she has settled down a little bit. She's constructing a very worthwhile partnership with Satterthwaite."

    You can listen to live commentary from the Test Match Special team on BBC 5 live sports extra, online and mobile devices.

  50. 21 overs: 
    NZ 91-1

    Suzie Bates got her innings of to a flyer but is content to knock the ball into the gaps now. It appears she targeted Katherine Brunt, knowing she was the main threat in the absence of Anya Shrubsole. Three more runs knocked off the target from Laura Marsh's latest over. England need a wicket here.


    Matthew Allatt: "The only two things they needed to improve for the WWC13 - more TV coverage, and the umpires."

  52. 20 overs: 
    NZ 88-1 (Target 267)- FIFTY FOR SUZIE BATES

    New Zealand ticking the runs over with three singles in a row. No need to rush at this stage as captain Suzie Bates brings up her half century off 69 balls. She raises the bat to her team-mates and looks determined to go on a get a ton.

  53. 19 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- NZ 84-1 (Target 267)

    Katherine Brunt looks like she is fuming on the boundary - she looks like somebody has stolen her lunch. She is desperate to have a bowl, but it's Laura Marsh who continues and concedes just one run from another tight over. Time for some liquid refreshment - maybe Brunt can have a word with her skipper?

  54. 18 overs: 
    NZ 83-1 (Target 267)

    Dani Wyatt is given a bowl and begins her spell by getting one to turn like Murali. It's a good over, with just three runs coming from it. Katherine Brunt is still brooding on the boundary. I'd let her have another go at Suzie Bates sometime soon.

  55. 17 overs: 
    NZ 80-1

    After a mixed start to her innings, Amy Satterthwaite is growing into the contest and timing the ball to perfection. Her beautifully-timed four through the covers off Holly Colvin is one for the purists.


    David in Spain, TMS inbox: "Stars of the tournament? Bates and Shrubsole have been outstanding; Ferling has done very well indeed as Elyse Perry's stand-in; Sthalekar & Colvin have bowled in miserly fashion, as one might have expected. But cricket is also about Champagne moments, of which there was one at about 3am this morning: - Deandra Dottin, reduced to hobbling, hitting Ferling straight back over her head to the boundary!"

  57. 16 overs: 
    NZ 73-1

    Jenny Gunn is a useful cricketer too. Her big hitting got England up to an imposing total earlier in the match and now she is applying the brakes on New Zealand with some economical bowling. Just two from the over.

  58. 15 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- NZ 71-1 (Target 267)

    It was a difficult one to take, but against a player as good as Suzie Bates you need to snaffle it. The Kiwi skipper gets a thick outside edge to Holly Colvin, but Sarah Taylor can't quite get her hands to the ball and the catch is grounded. After their fast start, New Zealand are content to knock it about for singles at the moment.

  59. 14 overs: 
    NZ 69-1

    We are hearing that Anya Shrubsole, who has been England's best bowler in the tournament, was suffering with a migraine yesterday and it is likely that she is still recovering from it. That would explain her absence from the field. Without her, and with Katherine Brunt being smashed out of the attack by Suzie Bates, England's attack is struggling to get on top. Just two runs conceded from another tight Jenny Gunn over.

  60. 13 overs: 
    NZ 67-1 (Target 267)

    Holly Colvin continues to wheels away and Suzie Bates comes dancing down the track - smashing the ball so hard down the ground that it beats the fielder positioned on the boundary.

  61. 12 overs: 
    NZ 59-1

    Jenny Gunn is doing a great job of keeping Bates and Satterthwaite in check, conceding just one from her latest over. Will this pressure bring wickets?

  62. 11 overs: 
    NZ 58-1

    Holly Colvin has been one of England's key bowlers in this tournament with her knack of keeping the scoring down. She is brought into the attack but her first ball is a rank long-hop and it gets the treatment from Amy Satterthwaite. Katherine Brunt is doing some stretches on the boundary - I wonder if she is due to come back on, or if she is just hinting to her skipper that she wants another go at Suzie Bates. She's got a little score to settle there.

  63. 10 overs: 
    NZ 53-1

    England need to stem the run-rate here, which Jenny Gunn dutifully does - Suzie Bates failing to score any runs from the over. That's a small victory of sorts.

  64. 9 overs: 
    NZ 53-1

    Laura Marsh serves up a spot of buffet bowling to Suzie Bates, who tucks in and smashes a full toss for four. She's raced to 35 from 28 balls now. Amy Satterthwaite is also going well, squeezing another boundary past the infield and down to third man. England are under a bit of pressure now.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "England have been a little but rigid with their tactics. England would have prided themselves on their fielding but some of the catches that have gone down in the games they have lost have been crucial. The batting, with Sarah Taylor making three ducks on the trot, has not been as good as expected. Apart from Charlotte Edwards' century against India, nobody has come in and made a really big score."

  66. 8 overs: 

    Suzie Bates is now the leading scorer in the tournament, averaging 84 with the bat - that's Bradman-esque. Bates's batting partner Amy Satterthwaite gets a reprieve when she cuts Jenny Gunn to backward point but skipper Charlotte Edwards drops the catch. Will that prove costly?

  67. 7 overs: 
    NZ 43-1

    Suzie Bates is one of the best all-rounders in the women's game - capable of getting into most teams as either a batsman or bowler. She greets Laura Marsh with two boundaries square of the wicket, but is lucky not to chop on when the bowler slips in a slightly quicker delivery. Who have been your stars of the tournament? Let me know via Twitter, text or on email.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "The women have given this everything, it has been played with superb spirit throughout the tournament, but sadly we haven't had the crowds we would have wanted to see."

  69. 6 overs: 
    NZ 35-1

    Arran Brindle is one of those bowlers batters hate to face. She is very much military medium, with lots of clever variations of pace. She bowls five dot balls but spoils her figures with a full toss from her final delivery, which Satterthwaite smashes for four. In the process, she almost decapitates Charlotte Edwards at short midwicket - much to the amusement of the bowler.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It's good to see a proper contest between an opening bowler and an opening batsman. Brunt let out a primal scream and went down the wicket to give Suzie Bates a piece of her mind after that edge."

  71. 5 overs: 
    NZ 31-1

    There's a fascinating battle developing between Katherine Brunt and Suzie Bates. The England bowler is racing in - nobody has told her this is a dead rubber - and she drops one in short which rushes on to Bates and hits the batter in the stomach. The Kiwi skipper responds with a crunching four through the off side. Brunt throws in another bouncer, which Bates edges over the keeper for four. She then leans on the final delivery of the over to ease four through the covers. Brunt is ticking now. She deserved better from that over.


    Jason in Cambridge, TMS inbox: "Gutted that England missed out - it just goes to show, we can never ever rely on Australia. That said, we were the architects of our own downfall by losing those two critical games. Hope the Windies go on and win it, but I suspect a slightly better performance from Australia is the final."

  73. 4 overs: 
    NZ 19-1

    The left-handed Amy Satterthwaite is the new batter at the crease and she is off the mark with back-to-back boundaries. That should settle any nerves.

  74. 3.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Doolan st Taylor b Brindle 1 (NZ 11-1)

    Good stuff from Arran Brindle, who draws Lucy Doolan out of her crease with a quicker one down the leg-side and Sarah Taylor is on hand to whip off the bails. Great start for England.

  75. 3 overs: 
    NZ 11-0

    Katherine Brunt is certainly snarling now as Suzie Bates hammers a couple of beautifully-timed fours. On TMS, Mark Butcher compares the Kiwi skipper's timing of the ball to Ricky Ponting. A good call.

  76. 2 overs: 
    NZ 3-0 (Target 267)

    Arran Brindle is sharing the new ball with Katherine Brunt because it appears Anya Shrubsole has not taken to the field. Let's hope it's nothing serious. It's a decent opening over by the all-rounder, with Brindle almost deceiving Lucy Doolan with a slower ball. The catch fell just short, but the Kiwis manage just one from the over.

  77. 1 over: 
    NZ 1-0 (Target 267)

    One of the highlights of the World Cup for me has been watching Katherine Brunt bowl. She gives everything, bowls at a decent pace and is often snarling at opposition batters. I love watching a snarling fast bowler go about their work. She is steaming in this evening, perhaps fired up by the disappointment of Australia's defeat earlier in the day. It's a good first over, with just two runs conceded to Lucy Doolan and Suzie Bates.


    David in Spain, TMS inbox: "Personally, I'm choked, but it hasn't been the best of tournaments for England. I'm left hoping Windies pip Australia in the final for the sake of the shake-up in women's cricket worldwide, which could do with a winner from outside what we have always called the 'big four:' Australia, England, NZ & India."

  79. 1254: 

    Right then, how was your lunch? The New Zealand batters are out in the middle and Katherine Brunt has the new ball in hand. Play.

  80. 1244: 

    ECB chief Hugh Morris, speaking to TMS: "We expect success because we've got some outstanding female cricketers. When we don't come back with silverware it's a disappointment.

    "We are going to need to reflect on this tournament when this finishes and see where we are and what we need to do looking ahead. There's a lot of really exciting cricket to come and we need to make sure we step up to the plate.

    "With bat, ball and in the field there has been some exceptional cricket. Watching the way our girls have developed in recent years, they are now extremely fit and athletic and have some great skills. That's because we've invested in the game and they have got good coaching support. They have developed very quickly."

  81. 1243: 

    ECB chief Hugh Morris, speaking to TMS: "I'm disappointed we can't qualify for the final but what a brilliant performance by the women with the bat. Over the last three or four years the girls have done their country proud.

    "We came into the tournament with high hopes because we've been playing well for so long, but to see the likes of Sri Lanka and West Indies doing well, it's really good to have more countries doing better in women's cricket."

  82. 1241: 

    ECB chief Hugh Morris, speaking to TMS: "Sarah Taylor is an outstanding cricketer and has been for a number of years. She has the opportunity to spend some time down at Sussex. A number of girls have played in senior men's cricket, so it's not a new thing. The standard she'll be playing at will be slightly higher, and we'll see where it goes. But she is a fantastic female athlete."

  83. 1233: 

    More bad news for England... this time for the men's Lions team who have lost by eight wickets to Victoria in a warm-up one-day match in Melbourne.

    The Lions were quickly reduced to 18-3 before Gary Ballance (57) and James Taylor (31) steadied the ship. Rikki Clarke added 32 but they were all out for 173, and Victoria reached their target with ease as Rob Quiney made 76 and Michael Hill an unbeaten 45.

  84. 1231: 

    West Indies have enjoyed a double victory over Australia today after the men won by 27 runs in their one-off Twenty20 international in Brisbane. West Indies scored 191-6 then restricted a hard-to-recognise Australia side to 164-8. You can picture the celebrations in the Caribbean sunshine, can't you?

  85. 1220: 

    On that note, I am going to grab a bit of lunch. Stay tuned to Test Match Special for that interview with Hugh Morris, plus Kent and England's Suzie Rowe, and I'll be back with you in around 20 minutes.

  86. 50 overs: 
    Eng 266-6

    Heather Knight and Jenny Gunn have got England up to a fantastic total with this late hitting - Gunn smashing Suzie Bates for a six back over the bowler's head. She goes for the shot again and fails to time it properly, only to get away with it when keeper Rachel Priest drops the skier. The innings closes with a four down to backward point. Knight finishes with 28 from 18 balls and Gunn added 23 in 11. Quality stuff.

    Heather Knight
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, former England batter on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It was important England showed intent. It is crucial for their mindset for the rest of this match and their next game. There was some momentum at the end and it lifted the team."

  88. 49 overs: 
    Eng 250-6

    Heather Knight - Rochdale's biggest success story since Lisa Stansfield! - is batting impressively here, bringing out the ramp shot to good effect. It brings her a boundary which Jos Buttler would be proud of. The 22-year-old has got Sian Ruck rattled and a bouncer from the final delivery of the over is smashed for another four. 12 important runs added with one over to go.

  89. 48 overs: 
    Eng 238-6

    There's nothing quite like an edge for four - just ask Jenny Gunn, who gets off the mark with a boundary down to third man. I know plenty of village cricketers who have made careers out of such shots. It turns into a good over for England, with three singles being followed by a scampered two. Two overs to go.

  90. 47 overs: 
    WICKET- Greenway st Priest b Doolan 22 (Eng 228-6)

    Lucy Doolan is helping herself to a few late wickets here, this time Lydia Greenway being caught out of her ground and sent packing by Kiwi keeper Rachel Priest. Jenny Gunn is the new batter at the crease with just three overs to go.

  91. 46 overs: 
    Eng 225-5

    Heather Knight looks like she has been told to go out and have some fun - which she intends to do. She clatters a couple of fours off Nicola Browne to boost the England total, which is now their highest ever in the World Cup.

  92. 45 overs: 
    NOT OUT- England 214-5

    Lydia Greenway appears to be England's final hope of getting up to a match-winning total but she almost perishes when she drives a catch back to bowler Lucy Doolan. However, the umpire refers it upstairs and television replays appear to show it hit the ground before being snaffled by Doolan and Greenway is given a reprieve. Just two runs from the over.

  93. 44.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Brindle c McGlashan b Doolan 1 (Eng 213-5)

    England's innings is starting to splutter over the line like an old car. Arran Brindle is the latest batter to depart after offering a simple catch to Sara McGlashan.

  94. 44 overs: 
    Eng 212-4

    Arran Brindle is the new batter at the crease and she is capable of giving it a whack in the middle order. She and Lydia Greenway need to apply some gas now, with just three runs coming from the 44th over. Time for some fireworks?

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, former England batter on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "If they wanted momentum and the big runs I think they should have swapped the order round and brought Katherine Brunt out rather than Laura Marsh."

  96. 43 overs: 
    WICKET- Marsh b Nielsen 11 (Eng 209-4)

    England can only score singles from a tight Morna Nielsen over and the pressure seems to bring about the wicket of Laura Marsh, who is bowled going for a slog-sweep. Just four from the over.

    Laura Marsh is bowled

    Richard Davies: "The England girls lost it a long time before today. Poor against Sri Lanka and too conservative against Australia."

  98. 42 overs: 
    Eng 205-3

    Our man in Mumbai, Stephan Shemilt, has filed a report on West Indies's shock victory over Australia if you want to relive the agony. England might have been eliminated but it's certainly been a good tournament with plenty of shock results. What have been your memorable moments? Nicola Browne continues to wheel away for New Zealand and is smacked for four by Laura Marsh as England continue to march towards a decent total.

  99. 41 overs: 
    Eng 199-3

    Lydia Greenway now needs to take over from Sarah Taylor and get England up to a match-winning total. They have certainly been given a great platform by the top three. Greenway obliges with two reverse sweeps for four and a single before Laura Marsh edges a four to get off the mark. That's 13 from the over.


    DaiWai in Hong Kong: "England's own fault - they didn't deserve to win the tournament."

  101. 40 overs: 
    Eng 186-3

    Suzie Bates collects her cap from the umpire at the end of the over and is congratulated by her team-mates after getting rid of England's best player. Laura Marsh joins Lydia Greenway at the crease for the final 10 overs.

    Mel Jones, former Australia cricketer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It was a magnificent innings. Sarah Taylor is a serious player. It's free to get in to the ground but I would pay over and over to watch her bat."

    Follow the latest with the Test Match Special commentary team.

  103. 39.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Taylor c Browne b Bates 88 (Eng 186-3)

    Sorry Sarah Taylor, I might have placed the commentator's curse on you with my last entry. She looked in complete control against the Kiwi bowlers but perishes when she hits in the air to mid-off and picks out Nicola Browne. Suzie Bates is delighted with that wicket.

    Sarah Taylor

    Stephen Plant: "England have only themselves to blame. Awful performance in the field against Sri Lanka was the main culprit, and Edwards has not captained side well either."

  105. 39 overs: 
    Eng 182-2

    The speed she is going, Sarah Taylor is not going to be happy with just three figures today. I wonder if she will have her one-day career-best of 129 in her sights? She continues to get stuck into the bowling as she hammers Sian Ruck for consecutive boundaries. 10 from another good over.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Former England batter on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It was a good catch but that no-ball is good news for Sarah Taylor and I'm sure she's going to look to fill her boots now. I think she should play the lottery today the luck she has had."


    Curtis Schmelling, TMS inbox: "Australia gave away 23 extras against Windies. Windies conceded just four. Windies also effected three run outs. Sharp fielding and tight bowling will take you far."

  108. 38 overs: 
    NOT OUT- Eng 172-2

    It's definitely Sarah Taylor's day. After clubbing Suzie Bates for 10 runs in three balls, she looks to be out when she picks out Sara McGlashan and is caught going for one big shot too many. However, she stands her ground and rightly so because the third umpire says the delivery was a no-ball. To rub salt into the wounds, Taylor smashes the free-hit that follows for six. She is motoring now.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport in Mumbai

    "Despite there still being brilliant sunlight in Mumbai, the floodlights have come on at the Brabourne. It won't start going dark for another hour or so. At the moment, this game is being played in virtual silence, only the shouts of the players echo around the concrete stands."

  110. 37 overs: 
    Eng 155-2

    Just to let you know that Charles Dagnall will be speaking to ECB managing director Hugh Morris during the interval on Test Match Special. They will also get the thoughts of England's Susie Rowe. New Zealand have brought their impressive opening bowler, Sian Ruck, back into the attack. They sense this is a key point in the match, with Sarah Taylor looking well set. It turns into a decent over, with just two runs coming from it.

  111. 36 overs: 
    Eng 153-2

    Suzie Bates resumes the match after a lengthy drinks break, with England taking the batting powerplay. A single for Taylor moves her to 58 and Greenway rotates the strike, but it's a quiet over, which ends with a leg bye.


    Danny Seabrook: "Losing their first game of the tournament meant they were always playing catch-up - it has cost them dear in the end."

  113. 35 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 150-2

    Sarah Taylor is starting to bully the New Zealand bowlers now as she comes dancing down the track to Morna Nielsen and caresses four through the covers. She brings up England's 150 with a single to move to 57 not out from 63 balls. Time for drinks.

  114. 34 overs: 
    FIFTY FOR SARAH TAYLOR- England 145-2

    I'm going to stick my neck out and suggest we might see a Sarah Taylor century today. She's halfway there after flicking four down to the fine leg boundary before helping herself to a couple which brings up her fifty. Seven from the over.

  115. 33 overs: 
    Eng 138-2

    Lydia Greenway is not going to hang around as she plants her front foot forward and launches a four into the leg side off Morna Nielsen. What do you think will be a match-winning total today? I reckon England will have their eyes on 250. Maybe 280 if Sarah Taylor is still there at the end...

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport in Mumbai

    "Very flat inside the Brabourne Stadium now, all the noise from the crowd sat under the TMS commentary box has ended. I wonder if Charlotte Edwards knew her side's fate? That shot rather summed up the hopelessness of the situation."

  117. 32 overs: 
    Eng 134-2

    Sarah Taylor is looking exquisite at the crease, as she latches on to a short Nicola Browne delivery and pulls a glorious four. She is such a wonderful talent when she gets going. She moves to 45 not out with a lovely drive through the covers which brings a single. Lydia Greenway is off the mark with one into the leg side.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "England can only blame themselves because they really had no business to lose that game against Australia. You have to say West Indies deserve to be in the final for the way they have played."

  119. 31 overs: 
    Eng 128-2

    Incidentally, what a great few months this could be for West Indies cricket. The men's team won the Twenty20 World Cup at the end of last year and now their women's team are on the verge of making history. Good on them, we all want to see cricket thriving in the Caribbean. England's progress has stalled slightly since they lost their skipper, with Sarah Taylor scoring the only run from Morna Nielsen's latest over.


    Paul Bateman: "Had Sarah Taylor displayed her batting skills earlier in the tournament she would now be driving England to the World Cup final."

    Christopher Sparke: "I find it strange that Sri Lanka beating India in the group stage has affected England's chances of reaching the final. Ridiculous!"

  121. 30 overs: 
    Eng 127-2

    The skipper, Charlotte Edwards, certainly looked like she found out about the West Indies result when she was trooping off. She looked gutted. Lydia Greenway has replaced her at the crease, with England still in a good position in the match.

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "There's double disappointment as Charlotte Edwards walks off - I think she was given the nod from the dressing room that it's all over."

  123. 29.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Edwards c Perkins b Browne 54 (Eng 127-2)

    Just when it appeared that the England skipper might be on for another World Cup century, Charlotte Edwards chases a wide one and picks out Katie Perkins at backward point. A fine innings comes to an end.


    Former England bowler Isa Guha: "Heartbreaking. England's losses in this tournament were by three runs and one wicket - small margins.

    "Congratulations to West Indies for making the final. England can only play with pride now and show everyone around the world what they are capable of."

  125. 29 overs: 

    I wonder if Charlotte Edwards knows her side have been eliminated from the tournament? If so, she is not letting it affect her as he reaches her half-century with four down to third man. She follows that up with a glorious sweep down to the midwicket fence. Another wonderful knock.

    Mel Jones, Former Australia cricketer and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra pundit

    "I am still flabbergasted. It was a dead rubber for Australia and West Indies would have been well and truly up for the match but it's still a surprise because you don't want to go in to a final having lost to the team a couple of days before."

    Joe Wilson, BBC Sport in Mumbai

    "Odd watching a match which is now irrelevant. Odd pondering how Australia failed in that chase."

  128. 28 overs: 
    Eng 118-1

    Sarah Taylor looks like she is making up for lost time today, helping a leg-side delivery go for four down to the fine leg boundary. A ton for her and Charlotte Edwards would be lovely today.


    Stuart in Swindon, via text on 81111: "Wouldn't have expected that collapse from the Aussies but England haven't been consistent enough. Should have beaten Australia and Sri Lanka. All they can do now is go out on a high and thrash the Kiwis."

  130. 27 overs: 
    Eng 113-1

    Of course, England will be hoping for a few more Australian batting collapses this year with 10 Ashes Tests to look forward to. England continue to dominate the Kiwi bowling, with Charlotte Edwards in good touch - cutting for four down to third man to keep the run-rate going in the right direction.


    Greg Soanes: "Our own fault for not winning our games."

    Will Jarvis: "How do you motivate yourself to be competitive knowing it makes no difference?"

  132. 26 overs: 
    Eng 107-1

    It's only right that we congratulate West Indies for such a wonderful achievement, and we must now hope England can raise themselves to finish third in the tournament. Edwards and Taylor take a single apiece before the skipper punishes a Rachel Candy full toss with a four. England are well-placed for a decent total here.


    Mark Pettman, TMS inbox: "I hate to say it, but England only have themselves to blame for missing out. We have been far too inconsistent and choked badly in two games. It's a great shame but we must congratulate the West Indies team - what a performance and a boost for women's cricket in those wonderful islands."

  134. 25 overs: 
    Eng 101-1

    Sarah Taylor takes a single, the only run from the over. She is now on 28, with Charlotte Edwards 40 not out. Can either of them lift the mood with a century, I wonder?

  135. 24 overs: 
    Eng 100-1

    To put into context Australia's dramatic collapse against West Indies, they lost their last six wickets for 26 runs. Rachel Candy is back into the New Zealand bowling attack and Charlotte Edwards works an easy single down to deep backward square leg before Sarah Taylor takes one to bring up England's 100.

  136. 23 overs: 
    Eng 98-1

    Sarah Taylor is now starting to show why she is so highly rated, driving a lovely four down the pitch to greet Lucy Doolan's first delivery of the match. The bowler recovers, however, and concedes just one wide from the rest of her over.

  137. 22 overs: 
    Eng 93-1

    England will now play in the third-place play-off against New Zealand on Friday. Out in the middle, it's business as usual for Edwards and Taylor, with both players helping themselves to a boundary off Nicola Browne. Nine runs from the over.


    John Sawdon: "Thanks Australia!"

    Graham H: "We've only ourselves to blame..."

  139. 21 overs: 
    Eng 84-1

    There are some very glum faces in the England dressing room, as news filters through about Australia's defeat. Charlotte Edwards scores a lovely four through midwicket, but it matters very little now.

  140. 1022: 

    Oh no. West Indies have beaten Australia and that means England and New Zealand can no longer qualify for the final.


    Will Jarvis: "I hate to admit it but England have slightly underachieved in this World Cup and probably don't deserve to make the final. Really hope they do though..."

  142. 20 overs: 
    Eng 80-1

    Sarah Taylor is enjoying plenty of luck today as she nicks Nicola Browne behind but the ball dies on the keeper and lands just short. Again she cashes in with a lovely back-foot punch for four through the covers. England then benefit from another boundary when Sophie Devine inexplicably gives them four overthrows from cover. More drama across town...Australia have lost another wicket. They need 9 from 12 with one wicket remaining.


    Billy Campbell: "Aussies eight down now. Dear oh dear."

    Tom Bale: "This match is the perfect scenario for Taylor to return to form with a hundred. Hope the Aussies can limp over the line though..."

  144. 19 overs: 
    Eng 70-1

    Sarah Taylor takes advantage of her reprieve with two glorious boundaries to get England's run-rate moving. Australia have enjoyed a good over across town and are now 152-8 - needing 13 from the last three overs.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Taylor absolutely nailed it and the fielder should have caught it without diving. It's an absolute howler in the outfield and Sarah Taylor is away and off the mark!"

  146. 18 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- England 62-1

    Nicola Browne, who took a good catch to get rid of Dani Wyatt, punches a single to deep extra cover to put Sarah Taylor on strike. Taylor, who has scored three consecutive ducks, almost perishes without scoring again when she pulls the ball into the air and she is dropped near the boundary by Lucy Doolan. She manages a single to get off the mark. Australia now need 18 runs to win from 23 balls with two wickets left.


    Alex Blaney: "Just when we thought Australia might be lending a hand, the old enemy turns up and does all it can to irritate the hell out of us."

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "England had two games where they should have won in the group stages and then they should have beaten Australia in the Super Sixes and we would not be having this conversation now."

  149. 17 overs: 
    Eng 60-1

    More bad news from the Australia game - the Southern Stars are now 140-8 and need 25 runs to win. Sarah Taylor is at the crease for England, following the loss of Dani Wyatt. She is in need of a big score after a run of ducks.

  150. 16.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Wyatt c Browne b Nielsen 26 (Eng 59-1)

    Dani Wyatt has not been able to get going today and she tries to swipe spinner Morna Nielsen down the ground, but succeeds only in picking out Nicola Browne at long-on.


    James Gulleford: "The first time in history that most English cricket fans are supporting the Aussies this morning?"

    Emrah: "What are Australia doing? Come on, England need you! Step up!"

  152. 16 overs: 
    Eng 56-0

    Nicola Browne comes into the attack for New Zealand and almost induces Dani Wyatt into losing her wicket. A bouncer is pulled into the air but the fielder, running in from the boundary, can't quite get there and the chance goes to ground. Just three runs from the over in total. Australia are now 136-7, needing 29 from 40 balls.


    Nick, via text on 81111: "The Aussies are blowing it for our ladies!"

  154. 15 overs: 
    Eng 53-0

    Dani Wyatt decides to open her shoulders, coming down the track to Morna Nielsen and planting the bowler for four down the ground. Lovely stuff. Wyatt and Edwards both take a single each but, for the time being, it's more important to know what is happening across town. Australia are 133-7, meaning they need 32 runs from 48 balls. If the West Indies win, they progress to the final and England will have their hearts broken.


    Graham H: "It's nice not to lose an early wicket but it would be nice to see a few more runs on the board too. It's a fine balance - we need to kick on."

    David Sheehan: "Come on England ladies. Just play your natural game, you are world beaters!"

  156. 14 overs: 
    Eng 47-0

    I'm with Stephan here [see entry below], England look in control and it seems a matter of time before they start to up the run-rate. Suzie Bates is still keeping it tight though, conceding just two runs from her latest over. Oh no, Australia are now 131-7. I'm getting a bit worried now.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport in Mumbai

    "England's start has brought a sense of calm to the Brabourne Stadium. In contrast to their last game here against Australia, when 20 wickets fell for less than 300 runs, there is no sense of franticity, just the serene progress of England's openers."

  158. 13 overs: 
    Eng 45-0

    Edwards drives Nielsen down the ground to take a single, meaning Wyatt has five balls against the spinner to try and get things moving. She and Edwards take another single each before Wyatt gets the four she has been craving with a lovely shot through extra cover. Across town, Australia have lost another wicket. They are now 130-6...

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It's been a little unspectacular and a bit cagey, as you would expect given the situation they are in. Dani Wyatt has had a sticky start and England might regret not going after the powerplay."

    Listen to the latest with the Test Match Special commentary team.

  160. 12 overs: 
    Eng 38-0

    The Aussies have lost a wicket, but surely they can't lose from here? They are 130-5 in reply to 164 all out. Suzie Bates has picked up the baton from Sian Ruck and is keeping things tight for New Zealand. Edwards scores the only run from the over, with Wyatt now looking a bit frustrated that she is not scoring a tad quicker. I hope she doesn't do anything rash.


    Ralph Brooker: "Fear for Wyatt's wicket here. Three maidens. That's too much self-imposed pressure, none of the fielders'."

  162. 11 overs: 
    Eng 37-0

    As expected, the impressive Sian Ruck has been given a rest and has been replaced by left-arm spinner Morna Nielsen. The new bowler, who picked up three wickets against both South Africa and West Indies, gets off to a bad start when she concedes two wides down the leg-side. Three dot balls follow before a full toss is smashed for four by the grateful Dani Wyatt.


    Richie Rajamani: "I perhaps feel England need to play positive, entertaining cricket and maybe let other results worry about themselves."

  164. 10 overs: 
    Eng 31-0

    Of course, New Zealand can also reach the final today and Suzie Bates is somebody England need to keep quiet. She's bowling well at the moment, sending down a maiden to Dani Wyatt. That's three maiden overs the England opener has played out now.

  165. 9 overs: 
    Eng 31-0

    Australia seem to be cruising towards victory across town, reaching 125-4 - meaning they now need 40 runs to win from 81 balls. Sian Ruck continues to wheel away for New Zealand and, for the first time today, her line strays and she is clipped for four by Charlotte Edwards. It's a hot day in Mumbai and I'm wondering if the heat is starting to affect Ruck as she bowls consecutive wides. I imagine she will be pulled out of the attack now, which can only be good news for England.


    Syd Egan, TMS inbox: "Charlotte Edwards has had an indifferent tournament, with four single-figure scores being sandwiched by a glorious century against India. Not just this tournament, I'm afraid - this pattern has been going on for a while - she is turning into late-career Andrew Strauss."

  167. 8 overs: 
    Eng 25-0

    I don't think we should be too worried about England's slow start just yet - the men's team showed yesterday how losing early wickets can be so detrimental to your chances of winning the game. Suzie Bates has come into the attack for New Zealand and she keeps it tight too - Edwards scoring the only single in the over.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport in Mumbai

    "Very little happening for either of these two opening bowlers at the minute. England are happy to be patient, though. We've seen earlier in this tournament how important having wickets in hand can be."

  169. 7 overs: 
    Eng 24-0

    England wanting a favour from Australia is a peculiar situation to be in. Have you ever wanted your team's rivals to win so much? Let me know. At least the Aussies seem to be doing the business, and in quick time too. That would also help England later on, if it all comes down to net run-rate. Out in the middle at the Brabourne Stadium, Edwards takes one down to fine leg as Ruck bowls another impressive, economical over.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "One of the strong points England have had is speed between the wicket. There have been areas where they could have picked up a few more singles, but we haven't really seen that this tournament. They need to do it more often to keep the strike rotating."

  171. 6 overs: 
    Eng 23-0

    Charlotte Edwards looks focused today as she squeezes four through the gully region before taking a single, which gives Dani Wyatt her first look at Rachel Candy. The bowler responds with a slower ball, which is almost chopped on to the stumps, before Wyatt eases the pressure building on her with a swipe into the leg-side for four. Australia, by the way, are now 106-4 - meaning they now need 59 runs from 95 balls.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It's good to see a few people here. We have been missing that a bit, but then the host country are out. The crowds that have been here have been fantastic."

  173. 5 overs: 
    Eng 14-0

    Sian Ruck reminds me in playing style of Alan Mullally - she puts the ball in the right areas and gets some nice movement both ways. Dani Wyatt is certainly giving her plenty of respect, playing out five dot balls before the bowler ruins her chances of a maiden with a wide from the final delivery of the over.

  174. 4 overs: 
    Eng 13-0

    Candy is serving up some treats to Charlotte Edwards at the moment - another short delivery being dispatched to the boundary and being followed by a fist pump from the England skipper. She is up for this one. Again, the bowler manages to bounce back well and bowls out the rest of the over without conceding a run.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport in Mumbai

    "There's a smattering of supporters gathered opposite me at the Church Gate End, sitting on the concrete steps that lead up to the TMS box. The noisiest seem to be chanting for New Zealand."


    Alex in Cologne, TMS inbox: "Shame that we are relying on other results today as we had Australia on the ropes for long periods of the game. Even if we win through today, has that loss given the Aussies too big a psychological advantage for the final?"

  177. 3 overs: 
    Eng 9-0

    Australia seem to have steadied themselves against the Windies, reaching 97-4 - meaning they now need 68 to win from 117 balls. England are being watchful early on against New Zealand, particularly against the impressive seam bowling of Sian Ruck. The left-armer is getting the ball to move both ways against Dani Wyatt, going past the outside edge a couple of times to complete a maiden over.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "New Zealand haven't really had a standout bowler apart from Sian Ruck, who has picked up wickets throughout the tournament."

  179. 2 overs: 
    Eng 9-0

    Rachel Candy shares the new ball for New Zealand and her first delivery is horribly short and wide and gets the full treatment from Edwards, who smashes four through the off side. Candy, who is slower in pace than Ruck, tightens her lines and manages to bowl five dot balls to the England skipper.


    Jon in south Wales: "Sarah Taylor will come good today and England will get to the final."

  181. 1 overs: 
    Eng 5-0

    Charlotte Edwards has had an indifferent tournament, with four single-figure scores being sandwiched by a glorious century against India. That knock was as good an innings you will see and, if she can reproduce in Mumbai today, I'm pretty sure her team will be close to victory. She is off the mark with a single against Ruck, who is getting some good shape back into the right-handers. Dani Wyatt then slashes England's first boundary through gully. Solid start.

  182. 0900: 

    Left-arm seamer Sian Ruck will take the new ball for New Zealand. Play.

  183. 0858: 

    The reassuring figure of captain Charlotte Edwards walks to the crease for England, joined by Danielle Wyatt. We're almost set...

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "England will have the TV on in the dressing room. The girls on the pitch will have to focus on what's happening on the pitch, but this is such a crucial day and it's going to be exciting. Keep the New Zealand girls out in the field as long as possible so the heat comes into play."


    Christopher Sparke: "Come on girls, show the boys how it's done...."

    Andrew Webb: "As long as there's no batting collapse like against Australia, England can win. They need Wyatt and Edwards in for a long time."

  186. 0856: 

    Before we begin, let's have another update from the Australia game. I'm afraid our old mates from Down Under have lost two wickets against West Indies, and are currently 89-4. They now need 76 runs to win from 144 balls...

  187. 0853: 

    If England do reach the final, they will owe a lot to bowler Anya Shrubsole who has been a revelation in this tournament - taking 13 wickets in four matches.

    "I've started swinging the ball in a bit more than I have before," Shrubsole told BBC Sport. "It's just about consistently bowling in the right areas, which I've managed to do in the past few games. When you do that, you give yourself the best opportunity to take wickets. You only get that from attacking the stumps and I try to do that as much as possible."

  188. 0851: 

    England: Edwards, Wyatt, Taylor, Greenway, Brindle, Knight, Gunn, Marsh, Brunt, Colvin, Shrubsole.

    New Zealand: Bates, Doolan, Satterthwaite, Devine, McGlashan, Perkins, Browne, Priest, Nielsen, Candy, Ruck.

  189. 0851: 

    England are classing today's Super Six match as a semi-final, and they are delighted to still be in with a chance of qualifying for the final following defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia earlier in the tournament. "We've done it the tough way round," said Nottinghamshire all-rounder Jenny Gunn. "Looking back to last week we didn't think we were going to be in this position. To still have a chance of getting to the final shows how well we've done."

  190. 0845: 

    So while Stephan digs out his sun cream - he's from Stoke, so doesn't have to use it often - I can tell you that England have named an unchanged team. Test Match Special are also preparing to hit the airwaves - tune in online or listen on Radio 5 live sports extra. Of course, there is also the option of downloading our lovely new mobile phone app.

  191. 0843:  
    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport in Mumbai

    "Bright, burning sunshine on this Mumbai afternoon. England winning the toss is a huge boost for two reasons. The ball is likely to do more under lights and these used pitches will probably be harder to score on later in the day."

  192. 0842: 

    We want plenty of input from you good people today. The usual channels are open - tweet us, using #bbccricket, send a text to 81111 or email tms@bbc.co.uk Please put 'For Marc Higginson' in the subject line for emails and include your names on all texts. I'm looking forward to hearing your predictions for today's big game...

  193. 0839: 

    The day is certainly going well for England so far. The Aussies, who have swept all before them on their march to the final, bowled out the Windies for 164 and are currently 70-2 from 21 overs in reply. It appears they are going to hold up their end of the bargain.

  194. 0835: 

    England have won the toss and will bat first.

  195. 0833: 

    I say 'should' because England also need the Aussies to do them a favour. It's not often England supporters want their Ashes rivals to win a match, but today is the exception. If the Southern Stars beat West Indies, England know victory over New Zealand will be enough to ensure they meet their old rivals in the final on Sunday.

  196. 0830: 

    England World Cup final victories are about as regular as an Andrew Flintoff night in. England retaining their trophy is about as common as a Phil Tufnell century - it doesn't really happen. Until now? England's women - the defending champions of the World Cup - need to win two more matches and they 'should' be crowned as the best team on the planet once again. It could be a special few days...

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