|Full name||Laura Julyen Harper|
22 January 1984 |
Plymouth, Devon, England
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm off break|
|Test debut||24 June 2001 v Australia|
|Last Test||21 November 2005 v India|
|ODI debut||19 July 1999 v Netherlands|
|Last ODI||1 December 2005 v India|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: cricketarchive, 19 February 2008|
Laura Julyen Harper (born 22 January 1984, Plymouth, Devon, England) is an English international cricketer who played for the England women's cricket team. At the time of her debut, she was the youngest player to have played for England.
She made her Test cricket debut against Australia at Shenley in 2001 and last appeared against India in Delhi in 2005. In 6 Test matches she scored 182 runs at 22.75 with a best of 31 and took 11 wickets bowling off spin at 35.63 with a best of 5 for 66.
She has played 25 One Day Internationals, scoring 195 runs at 15.15 with a top score of 41 and taking 33 wickets at the excellent average of 16.3 with a best analysis of 5 for 12. She made her One Day International debut against the Netherlands in 1999 in the Women's European Championships at the age of 15 and won the player of the match award for a remarkable spell of 5 for 12. She also played in the World Cup in New Zealand in December 2000.
She earned her first international call-ups whilst studying for her GCSE examinations at Truro School and played whilst studying A-levels at Truro College, Cornwall. She played her regional cricket for Somerset women from 2001 to 2006. She played with the Braves from 2002 to 2003, the Super Strikers from 2004 to 2005 and the Emeralds in 2006 in the 'Super Fours' elite women competition. She also appeared for England under-21s Women in 2004.
She started playing cricket aged eight and began bowling off spin at ten. She played with Cornwall boys U-11s and progressed through the age groups, touring South Africa in 1997. She was selected for an England boys U-15 trial but chose to play for Somerset in the Women's County Championship instead.
Harper is currently the Director of Sport at Sherborne Preparatory School in Dorset.
- Lusher, Adam. Schoolgirl of 16 bowled over by being youngest to bat for England, 2000-05-14, The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 2007-08-13.
- School's out for Harper, 2000-11-23, BBC Sport. Retrieved on 2007-08-13.