Full name Laura Kelly Newton
Born November 27, 1977, Congleton, Cheshire
Current age 38 years 155 days
Major teams Cheshire Women, England Women, Lancashire Women
Also known as Laura Macleod
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||England Women v India Women at Shenley, Jul 15-18, 1999 scorecard|
|Last Test||England Women v India Women at Taunton, Aug 29-Sep 1, 2006 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England Women v South Africa Women at Hinckley, Aug 27, 1997 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India Women v England Women at Chennai, Mar 5, 2007 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England Women v New Zealand Women at Hove, Aug 5, 2004 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England Women v India Women at Derby, Aug 5, 2006 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/27, 4||Eng Wn||v India Women||Chennai||5 Mar 2007||WODI # 606|
|2/41, 0||Eng Wn||v NZ Women||Chennai||3 Mar 2007||WODI # 604|
|13, 0/56||Eng Wn||v Aus Women||Chennai||1 Mar 2007||WODI # 601|
|12, 1/21||Eng Wn||v India Women||Chennai||28 Feb 2007||WODI # 600|
|4, 2/34||Eng Wn||v Aus Women||Chennai||25 Feb 2007||WODI # 597|
|2/51, 12||Eng Wn||v NZ Women||Chennai||23 Feb 2007||WODI # 596|
|1/53, 21||Eng Wn||v India Women||Chennai||21 Feb 2007||WODI # 594|
|12, 1/31||Eng Wn||v India B Women||Chennai||18 Feb 2007||Other OD|
|0/47, 0, 3||Eng Wn||v India Women||Taunton||29 Aug 2006||WT # 129|
|0/12, 41||Eng Wn||v India Women||Southampton||25 Aug 2006||WODI # 575|
Laura Newton was such a natural athlete that if something wasn't working for her, she just changed it. In her decade playing for England she transformed herself from a middle-order batsman to opener, and she turned from a fast-medium seamer to an off-spinner. And it paid off. She struck just one Test hundred and her one-day best was 78, but in her explosive, flamboyant role, she had licence to go at the ball. She quit the game in May 2007 aged just 29, citing the pressures of being an amateur player in an era of more and more international cricket. She will be hard to replace. Jenny Thompson May 2007
All-rounder, medium-fast bowler and right hand bat. Made her England debut in summer of 1997 against South Africa, travelling to the World Cup in India later that year. Also played for England against India in 1999 and toured Australia in 2000.
Named NatWest Player of the Series against South Africa (summer, 2003) for innings of 68 and 77* consecutively whilst opening the batting.
Made England U19 debut aged 15 and played through the England age groups, including an U19 tour to South Africa in 1998. Started playing boys cricket aged 12, captaining the side at U18 level.
Laura has taken a couple of breaks during her England career, and has two sons George aged 2 and Harry, 3 months. She is a level 3 cricket coach and coaches boys and girls at all levels in Cheshire.
Also: the highest successful first-class fourth-innings chases, and the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in women's ODIs
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