Natalie Dodd

Nat 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 fulltime 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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