Full name Alexandra Hartley
Born September 26, 1993, Blackburn, Lancashire
Current age 25 years 264 days
Major teams England Academy Women, England Cricket Board Development Women's XI, England Women, Lancashire Women, Middlesex Women
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|ODI debut||England Women v Pakistan Women at Taunton, Jun 27, 2016 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka Women v England Women at Katunayake, Mar 21, 2019 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England Women v Pakistan Women at Chelmsford, Jul 7, 2016 scorecard|
|Last T20I||India Women v England Women at Guwahati, Mar 4, 2019 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|8*, 2/24||Lancashire Women||v Kent Women||Newton-le-Willows||27 May 2019||Other OD|
|1/24, 1*||Lancashire Women||v Sussex Women||Heywood||26 May 2019||Other OD|
|6*, 1/29||Lancashire Women||v Yorkshire Women||Harrogate||19 May 2019||Other OD|
|2/23||Lancashire Women||v Notts Women||Desborough||12 May 2019||Other OD|
|4, 0/39||Lancashire Women||v Surrey Women||Guildford||6 May 2019||Other OD|
|1, 1/20||Lancashire Women||v Hampshire Women||Southampton||5 May 2019||Other OD|
|2/39||ENG Women||v SL Women||Katunayake||21 Mar 2019||WODI # 1151|
|3/36||ENG Women||v SL Women||Hambantota||18 Mar 2019||WODI # 1150|
|0/24||ENG Women||v SL-W Emerg||Colombo (PSS)||13 Mar 2019||Other OD|
|0/13||ENG Women||v India Women||Guwahati||4 Mar 2019||WT20I # 599|
A left-arm orthodox spinner with a ballerina-like action, Alex Hartley was born and bred in Lancashire, making her debut for her native county as a 14-year-old in 2008. Her breakthrough season came two years later, in 2010, when she took 25 wickets for Lancashire at an average of 22, including 6 for 23 against Scotland. Leaner times were, however, to follow. Having been brought into the England Academy at 15, she was subsequently dropped after being told that her batting and fielding needed to improve; and in 2012 she took just four wickets for Lancashire in Division 2 of the County Championship.
Desperate times called for desperate measures, so in 2013 she upped-sticks and moved to Middlesex in Division 1, in search of a new start as she continued to pursue the dream of one day playing for England.
It was not the easy road - commuting from her home in Clitheroe down to London for matches and training - but gradually the form she had shown earlier in her career gradually began to return; and in 2014 she was brought back into the England Academy setup.
Selected for a pre-season Academy tour to the UAE in 2015, she impressed with two four-wicket hauls against Australia's Shooting Stars; but the conservative selection climate which prevailed at that time meant the England dream continued to look like a distant prospect.
However, the appointment of Mark Robinson as England coach, and the shake-out of the hierarchy which subsequently followed, provided a new opportunity as she was selected in the squad to face Pakistan in 2016, making her international debut in the 3rd ODI at Taunton. Syd Egan