Gary Simon Ballance
(born 22 November 1989, Harare
) is a first-class cricketer
. He is a left-handed batsman and a leg-break
bowler, who currently plays for Yorkshire County Cricket Club
Ballance first played in the Second XI Championship
in 2006, having made five appearances for Zimbabwe
in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup, in which the team finished in sixth place. In the final match for the team, Ballance scored a half-century, gaining notice from Derbyshire
and earned the chance to sign for the team in 2006. He played his first limited overs match
two weeks later, having performed in the Derbyshire Second XI.
At the end of the 2007 season, Ballance left Derbyshire to sign academy terms with Yorkshire. He made his first-class debut for Yorkshire against Kent
at the St Lawrence Ground
, in July 2008. In the first-class match against Durham MCC University
in April 2011, Ballance scored 72 and 73 not out.
Ballance's uncles, David Houghton
and William Houghton
, were both first-class cricketers.