England's women missed out on a place in the World Cup final despite beating New Zealand in their final super six game by 15 runs in Mumbai.
West Indies' earlier win over Australia, a fixture that will be repeated in Sunday's final, ended both England and New Zealand's chances, with the pair themselves set to meet again in Friday's 3rd and 4th place play-off.
Charlotte Edwards' side were able to swat away the disappointment of missing out on a place in the final by laying a marker down ahead of Friday's match, beat the Kiwis by 15 runs, but the disappointment was clear among both captains.
"To find out half-way through the game we got the news and from then on it was about putting in professional performance," Edwards said.
I'm proud of how the girls have performed. I found out when I was batting but like I said it was about winning the game but the bigger picture is that we're bitterly disappointed.
"It's our fault, our own consistency has cost us there's a disappointed dressing room. I'm very proud of the bowling unit and the batting we were just hitting our straps.
"The last two weeks has been a roller-coaster for this team and it's disappointing that it's ended. A lot of them have big futures ahead of them."
New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates said: "I scored a few runs but in the big games our top five didn't really stand up.
"We've come into today thinking it was a semi-final. It will be awesome final but we've still got everything to play for."
Defeats to both Sri Lanka in their opening game and eventual finalists Australia earlier in the tournament prevented England from making the final as they sought to defend their title won down under in 2009.
Sarah Taylor was able to end the tournament with a flourish however, after three successive ducks she survived being dropped on 0, befoe blitzing the New Zealand attack to finish with 88 from 79 balls to help England to 266 for 6.
Amy Satterwaite hit 103 as New Zealand looked set for an unlikely victory but three wickets for Holly Colvin saw England prevail.