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March 30, 2007
Rebecca Rolls, one of New Zealand's longest-serving players, has retired from all forms of women's cricket. Rolls, the team's wicketkeeper and a hard-hitting batsman, leaves the game having played 104 ODIs - second only to Debbie Hockley on New Zealand's all-time list.
Since making her debut in 1997, Rolls has missed only one ODI series. She kept up her form until the end, hammering 104 from 87 deliveries against Australia in the opening match of last month's quadrangular series in India. She was a key member of New Zealand's World Cup-winning squad in 2000 and took a critical last-over catch in the final.
Rolls, 31, was the first wicketkeeper to reach 100 dismissals in women's limited-overs games and her 133 victims are a world record. She scored 2201 runs at 25.01, making her the third-highest run-scorer in New Zealand's history. Her decision comes less than a week after women's cricket also said goodbye to the retiring Australian champion, Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
Rolls, who also represented New Zealand at soccer, said she felt the time was right to move on. "I've enjoyed my time immensely and I'm very excited for the future of women's cricket and for the White Ferns, even though I won't be part of it," she said.
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