Tara Norris is an American cricketer who has played for teams including Sussex, North West Thunder, Southern Brave, Loughborough Lightning and Southern Vipers. She is a left-hand batsman and left-arm medium bowler. In 2023, the Delhi Capitals bought her for Rs. 10 Lakh for the Women’s Premier League (cricket) 2023.
Tara Gabriella Norris was born on Thursday, 4 June 1998 (age 24 years; as of 2023) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Her zodiac sign is Gemini. She did her schooling at Millais Secondary School, Horsham, England. She pursued a degree in Psychology A level, Level 2 sport Btec from 2014 to 2016 at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, Brighton, England and a degree in Sports science and management, Sports and Exercise from 2017 to 2020 at Loughborough University, Loughborough, England. Reportedly, she is half-Italian. Before moving to England at the age of eight, she used to live in Spain.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair Colour: Blonde
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information about her parents and siblings.
As of 2023, she is unmarried.
She started playing cricket at a young age for Horsham Cricket Club.
Tara Norris with her teammates as a part of Horsham Cricket Club
In 2017, she e-mailed some clubs in Melbourne and got a response from Prahran Cricket Club which she joined in 2017. In 2013, she played the Women’s Domestic U15 Twenty20. In 2016, she played Women’s Domestic Representative One Inning and Women’s Domestic Representative Twenty20. In 2017, she played the Women’s Domestic Twenty20 and the Women’s Club Twenty20.
Tara Norris with her teammates after winning Women’s Club Twenty20
In 2014, she made her debut for Sussex women’s cricket team against Warwickshire women’s cricket team but was not given a chance to play in the match. In 2015, she played the Women’s Twenty20 Cup for Sussex. In 2018, she took 10 wickets at an average of 10.30 in the Women’s County Championship. In 2019, she became the team’s second-leading wicket-taker in the T20 match with Warwickshire. In the match, she was the opening batsman and hit her maiden county half-century scoring 59 runs. In 2017, she joined the Southern Vipers team in the Women’s Cricket Super League. She bowled three overs and took the wicket of Jenny Gunn for which she received a lot of appreciation. In 2018, she joined the Loughborough Lightning team but did not get a chance to play for them till 2019. During the tournament, she bowled three overs but was unable to bag any wickets. In April 2018, she became the ambassador of the cricket team Loughborough lightning.
Tara Norris (right) receiving the cap of Loughborough lightning
In 2020, she again joined Southern Vipers for the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and played seven matches. Her team won the final match against Northern Diamonds by 38 runs. During the tournament, in a match against Western Storm, she took 12 wickets at an average of 17.91 and earned the figure 4/45 becoming the joint-third leading wicket-taker in the whole tournament. In 2021, she bagged 13 wickets at an average of 13.30 in the Charlotte Edwards Cup becoming the joint-second leading wicket-taker. In 2021, in a match against Loughborough Lightning, she bowled 3.5 overs and earned 4/14 wickets which were her Twenty20 best bowling. In 2021, she played the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and achieved her List A best bowling figure of 4/14 after taking 11 wickets at an average of 30.09 against North West Thunder. In the final match, she gave an amazing partnership with Emily Windsor and was not out on 40 runs which made her team Southern Vipers win the match by 109/7. In an interview, she talked about her performance and said,
A dramatic game of cricket with a lot of ups and downs. I thought we bowled really well at the start and we knew it was an achievable total to chase down. I was glad I was there at the end with Winny (Emily Windsor) to see it home. When I walked out I just said to Winny we’ve got to take it deep. If we bat the 50 overs we win the game. So it was about holding our nerve just that little bit longer, playing our usual cricket, nothing high risk.”
In 2021, she became part of the Southern Brave in the 2021 season of The Hundred and played six matches where she took 3 wickets at an average of 22.66. In 2022, she played the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and took 12 wickets at an average of 19.75 making her the leading wicket-taker of Southern Vipers. In 2022, she took 2 wickets in four matches in the Charlotte Edwards Cup. In 2022, she played The Hundred but did not get a chance to play any match for the Southern Brave squad. At the end of the tournament, it was announced that she joined North West Thunder.
Tara Norris during The Hundred tournament
In September 2021, she played the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier for the United States squad and made her Twenty20 international debut against Brazil on 18 October 2021. She played five matches in which she took 4 wickets at an average of 7.75 after which her team qualified for the 2022 ICC Women’s World Twenty20. She bowled 4 overs out of which 2 were maidens, gave 5 runs and took 2 wickets in her T20I debut- USA Women vs Brazil Women at Naucalpan.
Tara Norris receiving cap of USA team
In October 2021, she was part of the American squad for the Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament in Zimbabwe. In 2022, she was part of the Women’s Twenty20 Cup against Surrey and took 8 wickets at an average of 7.87 and earned Twenty20 best bowling figures of 4/11. In 2018, she played a tournament in South Africa for England Development and Academy teams. In 2023, she was bought by the Delhi Capitals for Rs. 10 Lakh for the Women’s Premier League (cricket).
After completing her schooling, she took a one-year gap and decided to play and become a cricket coach. In 2015, she started giving cricket coaching at Bricklehurst Manor School, England. In July 2016, she started giving coaching at Sussex County Cricket Club. In December 2016, she became a cricket coach at Melbourne Grammar School in Australia. In April 2017, she became a cricket coach for a charitable organisation, Chance to Shine. In May 2017, she became a cricket fielding coach at Rottingdean cricket club for Men’s 1st to 4th teams. She gives cricket coaching at Eastbourne College, England. In an interview, she talked about this and said,
When I was at school there were no female role models to look up. So, that’s why my job is to coach these girls and show them what can be achieved. I’m really pleased I can do that.”
Tara Norris as a coach at Eastbourne College
- 2018–2019: Loughborough Lightning
- 2020–2022: Southern Vipers
- 2021–present: Southern Brave
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- 18 October 2021: Player of the match in the USA (women) vs Brazil (women) in T20 World Cup America Qualifiers
- 18 October 2021: Best Bowler in USA (Womens) vs Brazil (Womens) in T20 World Cup America Qualifiers
- 22 October 2021: Player of the match in the USA (women) vs Brazil (women) in T20 World Cup America Qualifiers
- She did a part-time job at Barista, UK for four years till January 2016.
- She is also known by the names Noz and Tino.
- Her jersey number is # 98 (USA).
- She follows a non-vegetarian diet.
Tara Norris’ Instagram story about her eating habits
- Her favourite cricketer is Alastair Cook.
- She often posts pictures of herself drinking wine on social media.
Tara Norris holding a glass of wine