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Laura Wolvaardt

Laura Wolvaardt
Wolvaardt batting for Adelaide Strikers during WBBL|07
Personal information
Born (1999-04-26) 26 April 1999 (age 25)
Milnerton, Western Cape, South Africa
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 66)27 June 2022 v England
Last Test15 February 2024 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 74)7 February 2016 v England
Last ODI13 April 2024 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no.14
T20I debut (cap 43)1 August 2016 v Ireland
Last T20I3 April 2024 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
2013/14–2022/23Western Province
2017/18–2018/19Brisbane Heat
2020/21–presentAdelaide Strikers
2021–2022Northern Superchargers
2023–presentGujarat Giants
2023–presentManchester Originals
Career statistics
Competition WTest WODI WT20I (({column4))}
Matches 2 95 66 (({matches4))}
Runs scored 44 3948 1609 (({runs4))}
Batting average 11.00 48.14 36.56 (({bat avg4))}
100s/50s 0/0 7/31 1/11 (({100s/50s4))}
Top score 16 184* 102 (({top score4))}
Catches/stumpings 0/– 30/– 13/– (({catches/stumpings4))}
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 17 April 2023

Laura Wolvaardt (born 26 April 1999) is a South African cricketer who currently plays for Western Province, Adelaide Strikers, Gujarat Giants, Manchester Originals and South Africa. She plays as a right-handed opening batter. She has previously played for Northern Superchargers and Brisbane Heat.[1][2][3]



Aged 13, Wolvaardt was selected to play for the Western Province U-19 girls' team.[4] In October 2013, she made her first appearance for the Western Province women's cricket team in a Twenty20 match against Boland women's cricket team, scoring 13 runs from 18 balls.[5][6] She made her limited overs cricket debut for Western Province in a November 2013 match against Boland, scoring 4 from 14 balls.[7][8] She was the top scorer in the 2013 Cricket South Africa Under 19 Girls Week,[9] and competed again in 2014 representing Western Province.[10] Wolvaardt scored 46 in Western Province's final match of the 2015/16 Women's Provincial League, as they won the title for the fourth consecutive year.[11]

In November 2017, she was named in Brisbane Heat's squad for the 2017–18 Women's Big Bash League season.[12] In November 2018, she was named in Brisbane Heat's squad for the 2018–19 Women's Big Bash League season.[13][14] She played for the Heat in their final against Sydney Sixers. Heat won the match to win the title.[15]

Laura continued her appearances in the WBBL after signing with the Adelaide Strikers for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 Australian summer seasons.[16]

In September 2019, she was named in the Terblanche XI squad for the inaugural edition of the Women's T20 Super League in South Africa.[17][18] In 2021, she was drafted by Northern Superchargers for the inaugural season of The Hundred.[19] In April 2022, she was bought by the Northern Superchargers for the 2022 season of The Hundred.[20]

In March 2023, Wolvaardt was added to the Gujarat Giants squad as a mid-season replacement for Beth Mooney in the 2023 Women's Premier League.[21]


In December 2013, 13-year-old Wolvaardt was invited to play for a South Africa Women's U-19 invitational team.[9][22] She was later named the 2013 Cricket South Africa under-19 female cricketer of the year.[4] Wolvaardt has captained the South Africa Women's U-19 side, and in February 2016, she made her Women's One Day International debut in the opening match of a three-match series against England aged 16. In the second match of the series, she scored her maiden half century in a 114-run partnership with Trisha Chetty.[22] She also played in a match against West Indies, and scored 10 in an opening partnership of 33 runs.[23][24]

In August 2016, Wolvaardt became the youngest centurion, male or female, for South Africa in international cricket.[25] As a 17-year-old, the opener struck a match-winning 105 against Ireland Women to wrap up a 67-run victory in Malahide, Ireland.[26]

In May 2017, she was named Women's Newcomer of the Year at Cricket South Africa's annual awards.[27] In March 2018, she was one of fourteen players to be awarded a national contract by Cricket South Africa ahead of the 2018–19 season.[28] In October 2018, she was named in South Africa's squad for the 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies.[29][30] Ahead of the tournament, she was named as the player to watch in the team.[31] In January 2020, she was named in South Africa's squad for the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Australia.[32] On 23 July 2020, Wolvaardt was named in South Africa's 24-woman squad to begin training in Pretoria, ahead of their planned tour to England.[33]

In February 2022, she was named in South Africa's team for the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.[34]

In May 2022, she played seven matches for the Barmy Army team at the 2022 FairBreak Invitational T20 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[35][36] During the Invitational, she scored a total of 186 runs at a strike rate of 116.25, including two fifties.[36]

In June 2022, Wolvaardt was named in South Africa's Women's Test squad for their one-off match against England Women.[37] She made her Test debut on 27 June 2022, for South Africa against England.[38] In July 2022, she was named in South Africa's team for the cricket tournament at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.[39]

On 27 March 2024, she scored her maiden century in T20I cricket, against Sri Lanka..[40]


One Day International

Laura Wolvaardt's One-Day International centuries[41]
# Runs Match Opponent City/Country Venue Year
1 105 7  Ireland Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland The Village 2016[42]
2 149 18  Ireland South Africa Potchefstroom, South Africa Senwes Park 2017[43]
3 117 65  West Indies South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa Wanderers Stadium 2022[44]
4 124* 85  New Zealand South Africa Pietermaritzburg, South Africa City Oval 2023[45]
5 126 89  Bangladesh South Africa Benoni, South Africa Willowmoore Park, 2023[46]
6 110* 94  Sri Lanka South Africa Kimberley, South Africa Diamond Oval, 2024[47]
7 184* 95  Sri Lanka South Africa Kimberley, South Africa Diamond Oval, 2024[48]

Twenty20 International

Laura Wolvaardt's Twenty20 International centuries
# Runs Balls Opponent City/Country Venue Year
1 102 63  Sri Lanka South Africa Benoni, South Africa Willowmoore Park 2024[49]


In July 2020, she was named South Africa's Women's Cricketer of the Year at Cricket South Africa's annual awards ceremony.[50] At the 2021 ICC Awards, she was named in the ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year.[51]

Personal life

Wolvaardt graduated from Parklands College in 2017 with 7 Distinctions, ranking top in her class.[4] Simultaneously she served as Head-Prefect alongside the other Head-Prefect, Connor Fick.[52]

See also


  1. ^ "A gem of a year for Laura Wolvaardt". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  2. ^ "SA prodigy swaps stethoscope for shot with Strikers". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  3. ^ "20 women cricketers for the 2020s". The Cricket Monthly. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Isaacs, Lisa (15 June 2014). "'Hard work, passion, creativity, integrity'". Independent Online. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Women's Twenty20 Matches Played By Laura Wolvaardt". CricketArchive. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Boland Women v Western Province Women". CricketArchive. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Women's Limited Overs Matches Played By Laura Wolvaardt". CricketArchive. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Boland Women v Western Province Women". CricketArchive. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  9. ^ a b "WPCA congratulates Wolvaardt and Goodall". Western Province Cricket Association. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Western Province Cricket Association announces Girls Under 19 squad". MyComLink. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Western Province clinch historic, fourth-consecutive Women's League title". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  12. ^ "World Cup stars set to light up third WBBL season". ESPNcricinfo. 8 December 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  13. ^ "WBBL04: All you need to know guide". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  14. ^ "The full squads for the WBBL". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Warrior Mooney ensures Heat become champions". ESPNcricinfo. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Wolvaardt returns!".
  17. ^ "Cricket South Africa launches four-team women's T20 league". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  18. ^ "CSA launches inaugural Women's T20 Super League". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  19. ^ "The Hundred 2021 - full squad lists". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  20. ^ "The Hundred 2022: latest squads as Draft picks revealed". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  21. ^ "Laura Wolvaardt replaces injured Beth Mooney at Gujarat Giants". ESPNcricinfo. 8 March 2023. Retrieved 8 March 2023.
  22. ^ a b "Young Wolvaardt shines for Proteas Women". eNCA. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  23. ^ "Dottin five-for takes Windies 1–0 up". SuperSport. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  24. ^ Pennington, John (25 February 2016). "Dottin's five-wicket haul gives West Indies 1–0 lead". Cricket World. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  25. ^ "Women's World Cup – Eight youngsters to watch". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  26. ^ "Wolvaardt becomes youngest centurion for South Africa". ESPNcricinfo. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  27. ^ "De Kock dominates South Africa's awards". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  28. ^ "Ntozakhe added to CSA womens' [sic] contracts". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  29. ^ "Cricket South Africa name Women's World T20 squad". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  30. ^ "Shabnim Ismail, Trisha Chetty named in South Africa squad for Women's WT20". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  31. ^ "Key Players: South Africa". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  32. ^ "South Africa news Dane van Niekerk to lead experienced South Africa squad in T20 World Cup". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  33. ^ "CSA to resume training camps for women's team". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  34. ^ "Lizelle Lee returns as South Africa announce experience-laden squad for Women's World Cup". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  35. ^ "Laura Wolvaardt". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  36. ^ a b "CSA congratulates Luus and Khaka after FairBreak Invitational success". Cricket South Africa. 16 May 2022. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  37. ^ "Kapp, Lee and Jafta mark their return as South Africa announce squad for one-off Test and ODIs against England". Women's CricZone. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  38. ^ "Only Test, Taunton, June 27 - 30, 2022, South Africa Women tour of England". Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  39. ^ "No Dane van Niekerk for Commonwealth Games too, Luus to continue as South Africa captain". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  40. ^ "Wolvaardt's maiden T20I hundred sets up thumping South Africa win". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 March 2024.
  41. ^ "All-round records. Women's One-Day Internationals – L Wolvaardt". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  42. ^ "Full Scorecard of SA Women vs Ire Women 3rd ODI 2016 - Score Report". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  43. ^ "Full Scorecard of SA Women vs Ire Women 5th Match 2017 - Score Report". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  44. ^ "Full Scorecard of SA Women vs WI Women 3rd ODI 2021/22 - Score Report". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  45. ^ "Full Scorecard of SA Women vs NZ Women 2nd ODI 2023/24 - Score Report". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  46. ^ "Full Scorecard of SA Women vs BD Women 3rd ODI 2023/24 - Score Report". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2023.
  47. ^ "Full Scorecard of SA Women vs SL Women 2nd ODI 2023/24 - Score Report". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 12 April 2024.
  48. ^ "Full Scorecard of SA Women vs SL Women 3rd ODI 2023/24 - Score Report". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 April 2024.
  49. ^ "SA-W vs SL-W Cricket Scorecard, , 1st T20I at Benoni, March 27, 2024". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 March 2024.
  50. ^ "Quinton de Kock, Laura Wolvaardt scoop up major CSA awards". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  51. ^ "ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year revealed". Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  52. ^ [dead link]
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