Dobson’s hoping to push into the Northern Diamonds side

Northern Diamonds cricketer Leah Dobson has shared her high hopes for the upcoming season as well as her aims as a women’s coach at Scarborough Cricket Club.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 10:42 am
Updated Friday, 5th March 2021, 10:46 am
Leah Dobson in action

The batting all-rounder is excited for the new season and is looking forward to a competitive return to action.

“I’m really excited for the season because last year we didn’t really get many opportunities, especially with Covid,” said Dobson.

“I’ve definitely got aims to work my way into the first team and push on from there.

“It’s something I’ve been dreaming of since I was a little girl and to be close at 19 years old is amazing.”

Dobson is looking to establish herself in both white-ball formats of the game as well as playing alongside some of the biggest names in the game.

She added: “The girls would definitely say that my strength is in T20 cricket but I’d like to play both formats.

“I have to admit that training alongside the likes of Jenny Gunn, Katherine Brunt and Lauren Winfield-Hill has been amazing and has helped with my overall game.

“My family are really proud of how far I’ve come and I’m proud with the amount of work I’ve done to put myself in this position.”

Dobson has grown up playing cricket for her local side Sherburn Cricket Club, and admitted that when she was introduced to the women’s game, the opportunities provided were minimum.

“It’s very important to continue to grow the women’s game and a lot of girls aren’t doing much at the minute so it would be the perfect time to get involved,” she added.

“My ambition is to definitely get more girls involved with the sport and have them play against each other.

“We are obviously starting from scratch but I am extremely keen to get things going and help improve the standard of girls cricket in Scarborough.”

Dobson will be joined on the coaching team by Heather Marsay and hopes that girls will get an enjoyment out of the sessions.

She added: “I’m hoping to use the sessions as a way for girls to enjoy the sport, to socialise with others and take part without any pressures.”