Playing Role - Right-Hand Bat & Right-Arm Medium
County - Northern Diamonds, Trent Rockets & England
Date of Birth - 20 August 1992
“When I started one of the things I wanted was to become the best all-rounder in the world.”
Nat Sciver – Wisden 2020
Born in Tokyo, Nat Sciver is one of the dominant allrounders in women’s world cricket.
World Cup winner, Nat has played in over 160 matches (across all formats) for England, scoring 4000 plus runs and taking more than 120 wickets.
A sporting talent from a young age, Nat played cricket while attending Epsom College (2006-2011) and quickly moved up the development pathway from club to county and then country.
Between 2008-2010, Nat played for Stoke d’Abernon in the Women’s Southern Cricket League (Divisions 3 and 4).
On 27 July 2008, 15 year old Nat scored 116*(26 fours) off 59 balls, assisting Stoke d’Abernon to a 262 run defeat over Wokingham Women.
Alongside club cricket for Stoke d’Abernon Nat was also playing for Surrey Under 17s from June 2008.
For the start of the 2011 season Nat moved on to play club cricket for Redoubtables.
Nat got off to the best possible start for Redoubtables, scoring 98 on 1 May 2010 in a 3 wicket win over Shepperton in the Southern League Championship.
While playing for Redoubtables, Nat was also appearing in the Super Fours and the LV County Championship for Surrey.
By the start of the 2013 season Nat had moved onto the Midlands Cricket League (Premier Division) playing for Sheffield United.
On 28 April 2013 Nat took 5 Clifton Village wickets for just 24 runs.
In the same year, Nat made her debut in ODIs for England.
As a 15-year-old, Nat made her debut for Surrey Under 17s, scoring her first half-century against Sussex in July 2008.
In May 2010, Nat made her List A debut for Surrey against Warwickshire. Nat’s first half-century in List A matches came in the same month as Surrey defeated Worcestershire.
Under Nat’s captaincy, Surrey Stars took the 2018 Kia Super League crown defeating Loughborough Lightening.
Since WBBL 01 (2015-16) Nat has appeared over 60 times for Melbourne Stars. During this time, Nat has hit over 1200 runs and taken 50 wickets.
After two losing appearances in WBBL Finals (2018, 2020), Nat is still looking for an illusive Finals night victory.
In the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, Nat hit 104 off the Lightening bowlers in August 2020 for the Diamonds.
In the inaugural running of The Hundred, Nat played in all 8 games for the Rockets. Over the course of the competition Nat scored 220 runs (AVG 31.42) with a highest score of 54.
As early as 2012, Nat was playing for England’s academy side and touring South Africa.
Still not yet 21, Nat made her ODI debut in 1 July 2013 in England’s win over Pakistan. With over 2000 runs and 50 plus wickets Nat is an integral part of the England ODI set-up.
In April 2014, and along with 17 other players, Nat was amongst the first group of women to be given an ECB central contract.
In the 2017 ODI World Cup, Nat hit 137 (4 sixes, 14 fours) off 92 balls against Pakistan and took 3-3 in England’s 92 run win over West Indies. In the Lord’s Final Nat topped scored with 51, helping England to victory over India.
Now approaching 90 IT20s matches for England Nat has hit over 1500 runs and taken 70 wickets in this format.
Nat’s debut in IT20 cricket came against Pakistan on 5 July 2013. Five home appearances in series against Pakistan and Australia in 2013 produced a solitary wicket for Nat.
A change in cricketing fortunes can be sudden. Nat’s fortunes changed in the October 2013 IT20 tri-series hosted by the West Indies.
In England’s first match, Nat took 2 New Zealand wickets for 16 runs.
Seven days later, England yet again faced New Zealand. This time around, Nat became the first England player (women or man) to take a hattrick in IT20s.
Heather Knight and Nat shared a partnership of 169 in the groups stages of the 2019-20 ICC World Cup.
Back in September 2020, Nat’s 82 was the highlight of England’s 20 run win over West Indies at Derby – it was also Nat’s highest score in IT20s to date.
In July 2021, Nat produced a Player of the Match performance, pounding the Indian bowlers for 55 off 27 delivers with England taking the match.
Nat made her Test and first-class debut, in January 2014 in Australia, scoring a first innings 49 as England went on to win by 61 runs.
Since debuting in 2014, Nat has played in five more Tests, with a highest score of 88 at home against Australia (2019) and best bowling figure of 2-21 in the draw with India (2021).
The 2022 Ashes in Australia was a disappointment for England. Australia comfortably took the multi-format series for the fourth consecutive time. Across the three formats, Nat scored 204 runs, including a second innings half-century (58) in the sole Test match. Nat also took five wickets, four of these coming in the Test in Canberra. And, with figures of 3-41 in Australia’s first innings, Nat improved on her previous best bowling analysis in Tests and first-class matches.
Weeks later Nat was back in the southern hemisphere for the 2022 ICC World Cup in New Zealand. After scoring a century in the first-warm-up match, Nat hit 109* as England fell 12 runs short in their opening match against old foes Australia.
- 2018 Wisden name Nat as one of their 5 Cricketers of the Year.
- 2021 PCA Vitality Women’s IT20 Player of the Summer.
- 2022 ICC Women’s IT20 Team (2021).
Ideagen – Ideagen a software and services provider to highly regulated industries are Nat’s bat sponsor.
Kookaburra Sport – Kookaburra provide Nat with bats.
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(Profile Updated: 05/05/22)