Anya attended Hayesfield Girls’ School and Mixed Sixth Form between 2003 and 2010, leaving to study Psychology at Loughborough University. She started playing cricket at a young age and made her first team debut for Somerset at the age of 12. She became the first ever girl to join the Somerset Cricket Academy aged 13. She made her full England debut aged 16 and was a member of the England team that won the 2009 Women’s Cricket World Cup. She became a full time professional cricketer after leaving University and has been an incredibly successful world class medium pace bowler helping England win back to back Ashes series in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, Anya finished the highest wicket taker and was voted Player of the Tournament in the Twenty20 World Cup.
Anya was awarded England Cricketer of the Year in 2015 and hit the headlines in July 2017 with an incredible spell of bowling to win the World Cup for England with the best ever bowling figures recorded in a World Cup Final in front of a sell out crowd at Lords Cricket Ground. She was named Player of the Match and has been nominated for several awards as well as been shortlisted for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017.
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