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England women to face NZ in final

ICC Women's World Cup, Sydney:
Australia beat England by eight wickets (North Sydney Oval)
India beat West Indies by eight wickets (Bankstown Oval)
New Zealand beat Pakistan by 223 runs (Drummoyne Oval)

England lost their last Super Six game against Australia
England's defeat by Australia was their first of the tournament

England will face New Zealand in the final of the Women's World Cup after the Kiwis beat Pakistan by 223 runs to secure their place.

Charlotte Edwards's team lost their final Super Six match by eight wickets to Australia but had already qualified for Sunday's final in Sydney.

England were bowled out for 161 at North Sydney Oval and the hosts knocked off the runs with 16 overs to spare.

"Hopefully this is a blip," captain Edwards said afterwards.

"This was the worst game of cricket we have played in a year. It had to come at some point and I'm glad it's not Sunday.

"Any England-Australia game is a big game, so no excuses from us. We were beaten by a great Australian team today, who played really good cricket. We just weren't up to it."

England, who opted to rest new-ball bowler Katherine Brunt, went into the game as the only unbeaten side in the tournament.

But the the batting was found wanting, with Caroline Atkins, Sarah Taylor and Edwards herself all dismissed inside the first 12 overs.

Claire Taylor (49) and Lydia Greenway (22) added 60 for the fourth wicket, but when Taylor carved a ball from spinner Shelley Nitschke to point, England's hopes of a big total disappeared.

Taylor's exit came as England slumped from 106-3 to 115-7 in the space of six overs but useful knocks by Jenny Gunn (21) and Nicki Shaw (16) extended the innings until the final over.

Any hopes of rescuing the situation with the ball were soon snuffed out by the aggressive approach of Australia's batters and they hit four sixes and 21 fours in reaching 163-2 off 33.5 overs.

Nitschke (37) and Leah Poulton (38) launched the run-chase with a stand of 79 before they fell to spinners Holly Colvin and Laura Marsh, but skipper Karen Rolton (41 not out) and Alex Blackwell (38) finished the job in style.

"It was a good effort today. It's the first time we've put all three facets together - batting, bowling and fielding," said Rolton.

"Hopefully, we can finish strongly and it will hold us in good stead for the Twenty20 World Cup and when we tour England later in the year."

Suzie Bates
Bates produced an astonishing display of clean hitting

New Zealand

were clear favourites to beat Pakistan in their final Super Six match and piled up 373-7 in their 50 overs, with Suzie Bates hitting 168 off 105 balls, including six sixes and 19 fours, and captain Haidee Tiffen making exactly 100.

Bates's score was the third best in the history of the Women's World Cup and her 262-run stand with Tiffen set a new tournament record for any wicket.

"Haidee kept me ticking along and I seemed to be seeing the ball as though it was a lot bigger than it was," said Bates.

"It was really enjoyable. I had been disappointed at the way I've gone up until today but it's good that I'm hitting form at the right time and hopefully I can carry it on into the next game."

Opener Nain Abidi made 52 for Pakistan but they were bowled out for 150 in reply, with off-spinner Lucy Doolan taking 3-30.

India comfortably beat West Indies by eight wickets in their match, but it was all in vain as Jhulan Goswami's side needed New Zealand and Australia to lose if they were to have a chance of reaching the final, as they did in 2005.

Priyanka Roy took 4-14 with her leg-breaks as West Indies were skittled for just 84 and after losing Anjum Chopra and Poonam Raut early, India reached their target in the 18th over with Sulakshana Naik 39 not out and Mithali Raj on 34.

India will finish the tournament by facing Australia in the 3rd/4th place play-off.

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