White Ferns cruise past India in World Cup warmup

Rachel Priest scored a half century for the White Ferns in their World Cup warmup win over India in Derby.
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Rachel Priest scored a half century for the White Ferns in their World Cup warmup win over India in Derby.

The White Ferns have beaten Indian by seven wickets in their penultimate World Cup warmup game in Derby, England on Tuesday morning (NZ Time).

New Zealand have one more game against England on Wednesday night before they start the one-day tournament proper against Sri Lanka on Saturday, but were in good form against India.

The White Ferns bowled India out for just 130 in 45.1 overs where Anna Peterson, Erin Bermingham and Hannah Rowe all claimed two wickets.

Rowe also starred with four catches, including one caught and bowled.

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"It did seem like the ball was following me today," Rowe said. "Every opportunity I get to go out there with the girls is an awesome one.

"It's good to have the band back together really."

They then cruised to the target, reaching 133-3 in 26.3 overs, with opener Rachel Priest scoring 52.

Suzie Bates made 30 and Katey Martin and Sophie Devine saw it home with 29 not out and 20 not out respectively.

The White Ferns have already had a 46-run loss in their other warmup game against Australia.

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"After playing Australia we set a couple of tasks we wanted to complete and I think the girls went out there and fielded a lot better," Rowe said. "We put a lot of effort into that in training.

"To see that translate onto the park was pretty awesome. With batting the girls put on some really good partnerships and brought it home today."

India 130 (P Raut 33, M Meshram 30; A Peterson 2-14, E Bermingham 2-20, H Rowe 2-25) lost to White Ferns 133-5 (R Priest 52, S Bates 30, S Devine 29*) by seven wickets.

 - Stuff

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