Thunder signs Deandra Dottin
Thunder Cricket is delighted to announce the overseas signing of West Indies international Deandra Dottin for this summer’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
The 31-year-old all-rounder arrived in Manchester recently and will be available for Thunder’s opening match of the 50-over competition against Northern Diamonds this Sunday (3 July).
Dottin nicknamed ‘World Boss’ is regarded as one of the most powerful players in world cricket and became the first woman to hit a T20 International hundred, which came in just 38 balls.
In recent years, Dottin has developed her game and become a skilful pace bowler as well as a fielder who regularly pulls off impossible looking catches.
Barbados-born Dottin has made 251 appearances for West Indies on the international stage, scoring 5,731 runs, claiming 130 wickets and 64 catches.
Dottin has experience in franchise leagues around the world, including history at Emirates Old Trafford when she played for Lancashire Thunder during the inaugural edition of the KSL in 2016.
She has also enjoyed successful spells with Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat in the WBBL, Trailblazers and Supernovas in the IPL Women’s T20 Challenge and London Spirit during the first season of The Hundred.
Dottin will be available for Thunder’s first four matches in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy before joining up with Manchester Originals for The Hundred at the beginning of August.
David Thorley, Regional Director of Women’s Cricket for the North West said: “We are really pleased to have been able to pull off a major coup with the marquee signing of Deandra and would like to thank Lancashire Cricket, who are fully funding the signing, for their ongoing support and investment into Thunder Cricket.
“Her experience will be crucial in helping a young side come together in the upcoming Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy competition and Deandra’s firepower with the bat will be a huge boost to our aim of posting imposing totals.
“Overseas signings have been rare since the inception of the regional structure in 2020 and we hope that Deandra will play a big role for us in the coming matches. We look forward to seeing how she goes, starting on Sunday against our local rivals the Diamonds.”
Deandra Dottin also commented: “I am really excited to be in Manchester and ready to play in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for the first time with the Thunder.
“I already know a few members of the squad following my time in the KSL six years ago and it will be a good opportunity to re-unite with them and have some more fun playing cricket here.
“I am looking forward to playing at Emirates Old Trafford again, one of my favourite grounds in cricket.”