Natalie Dodd

After winning back to back Northern Spirit Player of the Year awards, Natalie Dodd left the province at the end of the 2017/18 season to join the Central Hinds.

After first playing for the WHITE FERNS in 2010 as a teenager, Dodd was recalled to the national side for the T20 series against the West Indies in early 2018 where she was asked to bat at the top and in the middle of the order.

Dodd grew up in Te Kowhai, on the rural outskirts of Hamilton, taking up cricket when she was 10 years old as part of an Eastern Suburbs girls team.

Her father had represented Thames Valley at Northern Districts District Association level and her cousin, Andy Dodd, played for the New Zealand Under-19s, alongside Kane Williamson in the squad that went to the Under-19 world cup in Malaysia. Dodd, meanwhile, made her WHITE FERNS debut while still in her teens, part of the squad that toured Australia, the West Indies for the World T20 and England in 2010.

Coached by former New Zealand representative John Parker for the last four years, Hamilton-based Dodd plays in Melville's top men's team at club level when she's not starring for Northern Spirit, and is a full-time primary school teacher at Te Kowhai School, teaching Year 7 and 8 students.

She also plays football and touch rugby, and was named Northern Districts' Northern Spirit Player of the Year in 2013 after she had scored three consecutive unbeaten centuries amid a record-breaking four centuries in New Zealand's National One-Day Competition. Remarkably for an opening bat, Dodd was dismissed only four times in 10 innings all season, with two half-centuries in addition to her four unbeaten hundreds.

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