CricketTara Norris: The New Talent In WPL Gets First Fifer
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Tara Norris has become a famous name after her remembering performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second match of the WPL. The left arm American seamer has took the first five-wicket haul in Women’s Premier League history, finishing with 5/29 from four overs. She’s also the first Association cricketer to play in the tournament.

Coming from city of Philadelphia, Norris made her debut for USA in 2021. The 24 years old talent seamer was the only player to have her name in team list from associate nations. It was a dream bid for Delhi Capitals, getting a player like Norris for mere 10 lakhs rupees and she has paid the dividends already with first five wicket haul in WPL.

“I never thought I’d have an opportunity like this in my career, so just to be here has been absolutely amazing,” Norris said after being named Player of the Match for her figures of 5 for 29 in four overs. “The fact that I got a chance to play and have a bowl has been awesome.”

Norris has had a eventful journey to reaching cricketing heights. Born in the USA, she moved Barcelona at a young age but discovered her talent and passion for cricket only when she moved to Sussex in 2006.

She debuted with the Sussex U-13s. Norris was picked for an England Academy side later that summer, playing with future international players Sophie Ecclestone and Emma Lamb, after earning her first cap for the Sussex senior squad as a 15-year-old in 2014.

Norris played five games, including the tournament final at Lord’s, for the old Southern Brave team in the inaugural season of The Hundred before being handed a full-time deal by Southern Vipers for 2020–21.

Her progress on the England pathway, though, had stopped. Over the summer, former Australia international and current USA Women’s head coach Julia Price contacted Norris to see if she would be interested in playing for her own nation.

Tara Norris had an instant effect on her team’s victory in the 2021 ICC Americas Women’s T20 Qualifier in Mexico City and advancement to the T20 World Cup Global Qualifier. She took four wickets in five games with an economy rate of 1.72.