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World Cup Duo Sign For Lancashire Thunder

World Cup Duo Sign For Lancashire Thunder

WORLD CUP winner Deandra Dottin and Australian all-rounder Sarah Coyte have joined Lancashire Thunder for the inaugural Kia Super League.

Following on from the announcement of the ECB contracted players last week, Thunder is delighted to welcome two of our three overseas stars to Emirates Old Trafford.

Australian all -rounder Coyte will be joined by recent ICC Women’s World T20 winner Dottin for the competition later this summer. Thunder had also signed Australian star Jess Jonassen but she is to undergo knee surgery following her return from the ICC Women’s World T20 and will not be available. Talks are already well underway about a very exciting further signing.

South Australian Coyte will have a former teammate in the Thunder ranks having played alongside captain Sarah Taylor at Adelaide Strikers in the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL). Coyte is a right arm seam bowler and a very useful middle order bat who has won both the ICC Women’s World Cup and the ICC Women’s World T20 being player of the final in 2014 and is sure to be a great addition to the squad.

Coyte is joined at Emirates Old Trafford by one of the most exciting players in the women's game, West Indies and Perth Scorchers star Dottin.

Dottin was at the crease when West Indies won the ICC Women’s World T20 recently and changed the game with her over at the end of the Australian innings, conceding just one run and taking two wickets. She was the first woman to score an international T20 hundred and did so off just 38 balls making it the quickest by a female player.

With both players having played in the WBBL alongside their England counterparts Taylor, Danni Wyatt and Kate Cross, the Thunder will have significant T20 experience to count upon as they prepare for the tournament.

Coyte said: “I’m really happy to hear that I will be playing for the Lancashire Thunder this summer. It’s a great opportunity for me to develop as a player – in a new environment and in different conditions.

“It’s exciting to see how the women’s game is currently moving forwards. We saw during the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia the impact that overseas players had on the quality of the competition, and the role that the whole event had in showcasing the women’s game and encouraging young girls and boys to play cricket. I’m sure that this will be the same for the Kia Super League in England this summer – we all want to put on a good show and inspire the next generation.

“I’m looking forward to meeting all of my new team mates at Lancashire Thunder. I already have a good relationship with Sarah Taylor, having played with her for South Australia and the Adelaide Strikers, so it will be great to player under her leadership this summer, and to have her behind the stumps to catch a few for me.

“The Thunder has a seriously good line-up of players, and we will all be doing our best to put in some strong performances on the field and do well in the competition.”

Jonassen's injury will still allow Thunder to bring over a third overseas and we wish Jess all the best with her recovery.

Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars physiotherapist Kate Mahony said: “Jess is managing an ongoing left knee injury, which she has been managing this season. She was reviewed by an orthopaedic surgeon after returning from the Southern Stars commitments at the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in India and will require arthroscopy surgery later this month.”

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