Sunrisers can confirm that Naomi Dattani will be leaving the club this winter, upon the expiration of her contract.
The all-rounder, 28, was one of the first three players to sign a full-time professional contract with Sunrisers in June 2020, and has starred for the side in the three seasons since.
Dattani won the Supporters’ Charlotte Edwards Cup Player of the Competition earlier this summer, with 157 runs and six wickets in the T20 campaign, before going on to score another 108 runs in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
Dattani has been an ever-present in the side since Sunrisers’ first competitive fixture, having played all 31 competitive fixtures in the club’s history. She’s hit 602 runs and taken 15 wickets for the club, and was the third batter to reach the 500-run mark. She also leaves having taken the highest number of catches in Sunrisers history with 16.
Last April she also made history, scoring Sunrisers’ first hundred, against the MCC in a warm-up game at Lord’s, in a sensational innings that will live long in the memory of many players and staff who witnessed it.
Regional Director of Women’s Cricket, Danni Warren, said:
“Having known Naomi since she first came into the Middlesex Girls set up, through her Middlesex Women’s debut and subsequently in to her professional career with Sunrisers, it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye. Naomi has been an amazing servant to the region, giving her all every time she walked on to the field. It was incredibly fitting to see Naomi lead Sunrisers out in her penultimate match, epitomising the leader and professional that she is.
It is not only on the pitch that Naomi has left a Sunrisers legacy, fully committed to using her platform to inspire cricketers of all ages she is the ultimate role model. Everyone at Sunrisers wishes Naomi the best with her next adventure, and look forward to continuing to see her pull on a Middlesex Women’s shirt.”
Thank you for the memories Naomi, and good luck in the future.