England's Holly Colvin hit the winning runs in the final of the 2009 Women's World Cup, but fell just short of pulling off another close win for her side as they went down by two runs in their Super Six game against Australia in Mumbai.
England were bowled out for 145 in reply to Australia's 147, a result which leaves them in fourth place in the standings with two games remaining.
Colvin had added 31 runs with Anya Shrubsole, taking England to the brink of victory, before she edged Erin Osborne to wicket-keeper Jodie Fields with three more runs required for victory.
"Obviously we’re all disappointed with the result today and to get so close but not get over the line," Colvin said.
"We started very well and all our bowlers performed, especially Anya and Katherine (Brunt) up front, we were very happy to reduced them to 147.
"We knew the game was in our hands but we had a bit of a collapse in the middle. Credit to Lydia and Laura who did a good job to get us back in the game which allowed us at the bottom of the order to try and nick off those runs."
Colvin made 16 and Shrubsole 13 before they fell just short but despite the near-miss, Colvin remains positive about both her own form and the team in general.
"I feel in good form and with how I’m bowling so I’ll be looking to continue and hope to put in some match winning performances in the next couple of games," she added.
England now face South Africa and New Zealand and to have as good a chance as possible of making the final, they will need to win both matches.
"We’re looking forward now to our next game on Sunday against South Africa over in Cuttack. We know they are a good side, but we got one up on them in a warm-up match so we’ll be looking for another strong performance on Sunday and going out to win as well as we can."
The contrast between the two games couldn't be much bigger. England have not beaten Australia in a 50-over World Cup since 1993 while they have not lost to South Africa in an ODI for just under nine years.
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