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Rowe sets up White Fern win

Hannah Rowe of the White Ferns bowling during the Sri Lanka Women in New Zealand, Fifth ODI cricket match between the White Ferns v Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. 13 November 2015 Photo: Joseph Johnson/www.photosport.nz

By Adam Pearse

Massey University’s Hannah Rowe has taken centre stage at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in England, setting the foundations for a crushing 8-wicket win over Pakistan.

The Manawatu pace bowler took three key wickets for just 22 runs in her spell of nine overs which included a hat-trick opportunity.

Rowe is glad to be making the national side’s starting eleven and says that taking the field, especially in a World Cup, is exhilarating.

“I loved getting back on the field with the girls. Every time I am on the field for New Zealand it is an amazing opportunity, but it is even more special at a World Cup.”

The 20-year-old communications student is grateful to be surrounded by veterans of the women’s game that are able to impart their knowledge on to those less adjusted to the pressures of international sport.

“The great thing about this group is the trust and belief we have as a team unit. The confidence the older heads have in us younger ones means we know we have the skill set and it’s just a matter of taking it out onto the park.

“On the world stage nerves can rise quite rapidly so knowing your team backs you 100 per cent is invaluable.”

While she is happy with the team’s performance, Rowe is realistic when it comes to looking ahead at games to come.

“I think it comes down to ownership – everyone knowing their role and doing it.

“Obviously, we won’t play like that every game so it’s understanding what worked well and how we can replicate that throughout the back end of the tournament.”

Despite their form in the group stage, the White Ferns would not achieve qualification in the knockout portion of the tournament.

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