Dani Gibson's sporting talent has long been obvious: she was good enough to be selected at national age-group level by cricket and hockey, with the Cheltenham-born allrounder ultimately opting to focus on the former.
A prolific centre-forward for Gloucester City with stick – rather than bat – in hand, she went to school at Dean Close and is a product of Hartpury College, the alma mater of several international sportspeople, including England rugby player Jonny May.
Her father, Mike, was a good enough cricketer in his own youth to represent Leicestershire at second team level.
Injury frustrations – first with a fractured finger and then with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament – restricted the bowling allrounder, who plays her club cricket for Dumbleton, to just two Western Storm appearances in 2019 and 2020.
She remains highly thought of despite those fitness issues: Gibson has been part of England youth programmes since 2014 and represented London Spirit in The Hundred in its inaugural edition, where she enjoyed her standout moment of the campaign, hammering an unbeaten 34 off just 19 balls in a comprehensive win over Welsh Fire.
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