|Sophia Dunkley Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||July 16, 1998|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Sophia Dunkley is an English professional cricketer who has represented her country in all 3 formats of the sport (Tests, ODIs, and T20Is), as a batting all-rounder. In June 2021, she became the first woman of black ancestry to have played a test match for England. In the English domestic circuit, Sophia has played for Middlesex (2012-2019), Surrey (2020-Present), and the South East Stars (2020-Present) across all formats. In franchise-based T20 cricket, she has turned out for the Surrey Stars (2016-2018) and Lancashire Thunder (2019) in the WCSL (Women’s Cricket Super League); the Trailblazers (2022) in the Women’s T20 Challenge; and the Gujarat Giants (2023) in the WPL (Women’s Premier League). Sophia has also played for the Southern Brave (2021-Present) in The Hundred, a professional franchise 100-ball cricket tournament that was introduced by the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) as a new format of cricket that was played for the first time in July and August 2021.
Sophia Ivy Rose Dunkley
Lambeth, South London, England, United Kingdom
England, United Kingdom
Sophia had attended Mill Hill School, a 13-18 co-educational private, day and boarding school in Mill Hill, London, on a sports scholarship. She was the first girl to have played for the school’s boys’ cricket team. She later studied sports science at Loughborough University, a public research university in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England.
47 – One Day International (ODI), T20 International (T20I), South East Stars (English Domestic Cricket), Southern Brave (The Hundred), Gujarat Giants (WPL)
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
63 kg or 139 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Afro-British descent.
- Toned physique
- Sports a bun hairstyle
- Affable smile
- Radiant face
She has been sponsored by –
- Gray-Nicolls (English cricket equipment & clothing brand)
- Vitality UK (British insurance company)
- Gym+Coffee (Irish-designed athleisure brand)
Sophia Dunkley Facts
- In the 2018 edition of the Women’s Cricket Super League (a now-defunct semi-professional women’s T20 cricket competition that was operated by the England and Wales Cricket Board), Sophia contributed 6 wickets and 98 runs in the Surrey Stars‘ title triumph (the team’s first such).
- She made her WT20I (and international) debut for England in November 2018 in the team’s 2nd group-stage match of the 2018 edition of the ICC (International Cricket Council) Women’s T20 World Cup – against Bangladesh. She neither batted nor bowled in England’s 7-wicket victory in that match. In England’s 4th (and last) group-stage match, against the West Indies, she walked out to bat with England tottering at 48/5 in the 11th over.
- The team further slumped to 50/6 in the same over. After this, Sophia top-scored for England (35 runs in 30 balls) and stitched a partnership of 58 runs for the 7th wicket with Anya Shrubsole to help her team reach a score of 108 runs in the 19th over. As of February 2023, this was still England’s highest partnership (and the 7th highest overall) for the 7th wicket in a WT20I match.
- England finished at a total of 115 runs in this match and ultimately lost by 4 wickets. Despite the defeat, England (5 points) managed to qualify for the semi-final stage of the tournament by edging out South Africa (4 points). England eventually reached the final of the tournament where their nemesis, Australia, hammered them by 8 wickets.
- In the 2019 season of the Women’s County Championship (the premier domestic first-class cricket competition in England and Wales), Sophia was the tournament’s leading run-scorer (451 runs in just 6 innings, including 2 centuries).
- Her performance was crucial in helping Middlesex finish on top of the 2nd division of the championship and earning promotion to the first division in the following season. She was consequently named the club’s ‘Player of the Year’ and Sophia had also won this award in 2017.
- In August 2021, she finished as the Southern Brave‘s highest run-getter (and the 3rd highest overall) – with 244 runs to her name in 9 innings – in the inaugural season of The Hundred. Her performances were vital in helping the Southern Brave finish in the 1st position in the league phase of the tournament – with a 7-1 win-loss record. Unfortunately, the team lost out to the Oval Invincibles in the final of the tournament.
- In England’s last group stage game of the 2022 edition of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, against Bangladesh, Sophia scored a match-best 67 runs. England won the match by 100 runs and became the 3rd team to qualify for the semi-final stage of the tournament. She was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for her performance. England eventually reached the final of the tournament but was beaten by 71 runs by the Australian team that claimed its record-extending 7th title.
- In September 2022, in the final match of the 2nd season of The Hundred, she top-scored (26 runs) for the Southern Brave but could not prevent a 2nd successive final-match defeat to the Oval Invincibles.
- In February 2023, in the auction for the upcoming inaugural edition of the WPL (Women’s Premier League), Sophia was acquired by the Gujarat Giants for INR 60 lakhs. In March 2023, in the team’s 3rd match of the tournament, she smashed 65 runs off a mere 28 balls to help set up a mammoth target of 202 runs. It led to an 11-run win (the team’s first in the tournament) and Sophia was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for her blistering knock.
Featured Image by Sophia Dunkley / Instagram