Kathryn Leng

Born on 28th September 1973 in Pudsey, Yorkshire, is former Test and ODI player for England, Kathryn Maria Leng.

A left-hand batter and leg-break bowler, Kathryn’s talent was recognised early evidenced by the fact that she was made skipper of England’s Under 19 team. She made her debut for senior England team during the Women’s European Championships in July 1995 against the Netherlands. She made 32 not out and followed up with 1-13 from 7 overs with her bowling.

Four months later Kathryn makes her Test debut, against India at Calcutta. She doesn’t get a bat but takes 1-41 from 19 overs which included the big wicket of Sandhya Agarwal. Kathryn would go on to play 12 Test matches in all, taking 17 wickets at 39.76 with a best of 3-39 against India at Keenan Stadium, Jamshedpur in 1995/96.

Batting at number seven gave Kathryn few opportunities to shine with the bat but in a Test match against New Zealand at Scarborough in 1996 she scored 144, her highest in Tests. That score is also the highest ever by a number seven batter in women’s Test cricket.

Kathryn played in two World Cups, 1997 and 2000, in her 56 ODI match career. She scored 711 runs at 15.80 with a top score of 80. With her leggies she took 33 wickets at 29.57 with a best of 4-31 against Denmark in Dublin, a day after her debut.

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