Kerr & Dodd receive 1st NZC contract offers; Priest misses out

Right-arm bowler Jess Kerr and wicketkeeper-batswoman Natalie Dodd have for the first time find place in the list of centrally contracted New Zealand women players for the period 2020-21.

Dodd made her debut as a teenager back in 2010 while, in the 2019-20 season while Kerr played both ODI and T20I cricket against South Africa.

Of the players centrally contracted during the previous year, Bernadine Bezuidenhout and Rachel Priest did not receive offers for the coming season.

White Ferns head coach Bob Carter said Kerr and Dodd fully deserved their new contract offers.

“It’s an acknowledgment of hard work and perseverance from both Jess and Natalie, culminating in a fantastic opportunity ahead of them,” he said in a New Zealand Cricket media release.

“I’m happy the majority of our group can remain stable as we look for continual improvement and application from our players. We have an experienced core of White Ferns and want to ensure our younger, less experienced players have the chance to learn from them over the next 12 months.”

Players offered central contracts for 2020-21: Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Natalie Dodd, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu.