Dodd moves to Hinds

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Af­ter 11 years of ex­cel­lent ser­vice for the Skyc­ity Hamil­ton North­ern Spirit, wicket keeper/bats­man Natalie Dodd will play her do­mes­tic cricket for the Cen­tral Hinds in the 2018/19 sea­son.

Dodd made her North­ern Dis­tricts de­but in 2007 against Can­ter­bury and leaves the as­so­ci­a­tion hav­ing played an ex­tra­or­di­nary 93 one day matches, and 62 T20 matches, scor­ing a to­tal of 3969 runs across both for­mats.

Dodd, who won North­ern Dis­tricts’ Women Crick­eter of the Year award for the 2017/18 sea­son, cap­tained the side for the Hally­bur­ton John­stone Shield and T20 com­pe­ti­tion. Dodd is a reg­u­lar in­clu­sion for the na­tional side, hav­ing her first call up to the White Ferns at 17, and most re­cently was in­cluded in the T20 se­ries against the West Indies.

Trans­fer­ring to the Cen­tral Hinds was a hard de­ci­sion for Dodd.

“I have en­joyed my time with ND cricket and I thank the play­ers and the staff for their sup­port over the years. It was a tough de­ci­sion to move to CD, but I feel it is the right move for me at this point of time in my ca­reer.”

Peter Zan­zot­tera, di­rec­tor of high per­for­mance pro­grammes for North­ern Dis­tricts, is un­der­stand­ing of Dodd’s rea­son­ing for trans­fer­ring.

“Hav­ing worked with Natalie for a num­ber of years, I am ap­pre­cia­tive of the time and ef­fort that she has put in as one of our lead­ers in the Spirit squad. She is a proven, tal­ented player with fo­cus on where she wants to go with her game. While we are sorry to see her go, we wish Natalie all the best in the next stages of her crick­et­ing ca­reer.”


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