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Full name Laura Julyen Harper
Born January 22, 1984, Plymouth, Devon
Current age 30 years 172 days
Major teams England Women, Somerset Women
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||England Women v Australia Women at Shenley, Jun 24-26, 2001 scorecard|
|Last Test||India Women v England Women at Delhi, Nov 21-24, 2005 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England Women v Netherlands Women at Nykobing Mors, Jul 19, 1999 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India Women v England Women at Lucknow, Dec 1, 2005 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|61, 0/33||Emeralds||v Diamonds||Loughborough||9 Jul 2006||Other|
|2/45, 50||Emeralds||v Rubies||Loughborough||8 Jul 2006||Other|
|29, 0/33||Emeralds||v Sapphires||Loughborough||10 Jun 2006||Other|
|7, 0/28||Emeralds||v Diamonds||Uppingham||4 Jun 2006||Other|
|3/32, 52||Emeralds||v Rubies||Uppingham||3 Jun 2006||Other|
|1, 0/20||Eng Women||v India Women||Lucknow||1 Dec 2005||WODI # 548|
|4*, 4/33||Eng Women||v India Women||Faridabad||27 Nov 2005||WODI # 547|
|5/66, 10, 1/41, 21*||Eng Women||v India Women||Delhi||21 Nov 2005||WT # 126|
|12||Eng Women||v Ind U21 Wmn||Meerut||18 Nov 2005||Other OD|
|3/16||Eng Women||v Ind U21 Wmn||Meerut||17 Nov 2005||Other OD|
Off-spin bowler and middle-order bat. Made her senior international debut at 16 in the ODI Series against South Africa, taking a wicket. Laura also played in the World Cup in New Zealand in December 2000 and was a member of the successful England A team at the European Cup in 1999.
Laura returned England-best figures of 4-11 against India this summer and was one of England's leading wicket takers. Laura scored runs in all four of her Test match innings against Australia last summer (2001), averaging 25 and bowled consistently throughout the series.
Laura started playing aged eight and discovered spin bowling two years later. Played with Cornwall boys U-11s progressing to other age groups. Toured South Africa with them in 1997. Selected for England boys U-15 trial, but chose to play for Somerset in the Women's County Championship last year. Laura is studying for her A Level studies at Truro College, Cornwall.
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