|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 155 cm
in meters- 1.55 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 1”
|Weight (approx.)||In kilograms- 54 kg
In pounds- 119 lbs
|Eye Colour||Light Brown|
|Hair Colour||Dark Coppery Brown|
|International Debut||W-ODI- 5 October 2021 against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club (Zimbabwe)
W-T20I- 24 May 2021 against Scotland at Stormont
Cricket ground in Belfast (Ireland)
|Jersey Number||# 54 (Ireland)|
|Domestic/State Team||• Dragons (2017-18)
• Typhoons (2019-active)
|Coach/Mentor||• Steven Crothers
• Ed Joyce (former cricketer who played for England and then Ireland)
|Batting Style||Right-Handed Bat|
|Records (main ones)||• Youngest Cricketer Ever to Smash ODI century on 11 October 2021 at an age of 16 surpassing India's Mithali Raj (16 years 205 days) Female Cricket
• First player to score a hundred on her birthday in any format of Women's International Cricket Twitter
• Highest score by an Irish Woman in a One-Day International Twitter
• Fourth player to score an ODI hundred for Ireland and first since 2000.The Free Press Journal
• Her partnership of 143 runs for the third wicket is the second best for Ireland. The Free Press Journal
|Career Turning Point||Being selected for Ireland Under 15 Girls team and the Dragons Super 3’s team|
|Date of Birth||11 October 2005 (Tuesday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||16 Years|
|Birthplace||Malahide, Dublin (Ireland)|
|Hometown||Northern Belfast, Ireland|
|School||General Certificate of Secondary Education Board (GCSE), Ireland|
|College/University||Methodist College Belfast, Malone Road (Ireland)|
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father- Jim Hunter
Mother- Sara Hunter
|Siblings||Brothers- James Hunter and Andrew Hunter|
|Sports||Hockey, Netball, Squash, Swimming, Athletics|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Amy Hunter
- Amy Hunter is a Women’s cricketer from Ireland who plays at the international level. Before that, she played several matches for Dragons and Typhoons in the Irish domestic format. She is prominent as a wicketkeeper batter with fine inning-building skills.
- She started playing cricket with her two elder brothers in the driveway at home at an age of seven. She once revealed that the best thing she likes about cricket is hitting sixes. During her childhood, she used to play with boys and later she admitted that playing cricket with her brothers has prepared her for this. She also told that some of the boys were scared of her batting. Then she played alongside her father on the Instonians VI (Junior League).
- She first got trained at the Northern Cricket Union at the age of eight and later at the Shapoorji Pallonji Cricket Academy in Ireland. The main purpose of this academy is to produce young, dynamic, and confident cricketers who can perform on the World stage.
- Two years later, she started playing for Instonians Under 11’s (Boys), NCU Under 11 (Boys), NCU Under 15 and Under 17 Girls, Ireland Under 15 Girls, and most impressively NCU Women and The Dragons Super 3’s team. She first made a mark in cricket during a match between NCU Women and North-West Women where she took three wickets in four balls. In 2016, she posed her highest score in cricket which is 63 not out against Church of Ireland Young Men’s Society (CIYMS) while playing for NCU Under 11’s team in the Quoile Cup.
- This followed up with an unbeaten 48 runs against Waringstown during the semi-finals. In the final game, she scored unbeaten 27 runs and took her side to a win by eight wickets. In July 2017, Ireland was elevated to full member status. This opened her door to more opportunities in Irish cricket.
- On 24 July 2020, she scored an unbeaten 91 runs to lead her team a win by 53 runs (DLS) against The Hills which included nine fours and one six. With this, she scored a total of 132 runs without being dismissed in the series. A few months later on 6 September 2020, she smashed a gritty 54 runs while playing for Typhoons and helped her side beat Scorchers by 53 runs in the fifth match of the Super 50 series at Oak Hill Cricket Club in Wicklow (South Dublin).
- She was called into the team on multiple occasions in 2020, but in November same year, she made a mark in T20 against Scotland at La Manga in Spain in place of Shauna Kavanagh who was withdrawn from the squad after her COVID positive report. Her ODI debut was the first match of the series against Zimbabwe where Amy broke the record. In an interview with Sportsound Extra Time, she told, BBC Sport
“I didn’t expect to get into the squad, just maybe an outside chance. It’s a great opportunity and I’m just excited to be there.”
- On 11 October Amy created history with an unbeaten 121 runs of 127 deliveries against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club (Zimbabwe). Her century was the only hundred from Ireland’s side and helped her team to script a series win by 2-1. Coincidently, 11 October is celebrated as the International Day of Girl Child.
The history making moment! 🙌
Amy Hunter strikes a four to become the youngest centurion in Women’s one-day international cricket. 🏏☘️
— Ireland Women’s Cricket (@IrishWomensCric) October 11, 2021
- After the match, she said,
“It feels really good, it’s a bit surreal right now, when I got to my hundred, I had no idea what to do. I didn’t know whether to take the helmet off or keep it on. It was unbelievable.”
She further adds,
“I felt more nervous for my fifty. I didn’t do so well in the first three games so I was just delighted to be out there and get that first four away and from there it kind of flowed. From fifty to a hundred felt like it went much quicker than from naught to fifty.”
- Ireland was already up in the series by 2-1 against Zimbabwe in their homeland. This was the 4th W-ODI of the series. Zimbabwe after winning the toss opting to field first. Ireland lost their first wicket on 40 runs in nine overs when Amy came out to bat with Gaby Lewis. They both had a solid 104 runs partnership before Gaby got dismissed on 78. Amy steadied the ship with their captain Laura Delany and again put on the 147 runs. Captain got dismissed soon after scoring 68 runs but Amy didn’t stop. She finished the innings with a total of 312 runs with her contribution being 121 runs off 127 balls and scripting her name in the history books. The opposition team though fought well but they felt short of the total by 85 runs. Amy Hunter was awarded the ‘Player of the Match’. 40 runs were scored by her in boundaries still she could manage a strike rate of 95. She broke the 22-year-old record. Interestingly, this feat came on her 16th birthday, and the score posed by Ireland is their highest ODI total (both men and women) better than their previous 309 runs against the Netherland in 2009.
- Before that inning, She scored 104 runs in the Super 50 series this year at an average of 26 and reached her maiden half-century for the winning side, Typhoons. Soon, she came under the radar of Irish selectors in 2020. After that inning, Carrie Archer, the chairman of the national women’s selectors said, The Cricketer
“2020 was a breakthrough year for a few players, particularly some of the newer names that have appeared on the national selector’s radar. Amy Hunter has been a prospect for a number of years now, and you could see her performances with the bat as well as with the gloves that she is starting to come into her own.”
Her statement was backed by Cricket Ireland’s high-performance director, Richard Holdsworth who further added,
“2021 will be a crucial year for Irish women’s cricket – with a 50-over World Cup Qualifier in the offing and the ICC Women’s Championship approaching, it is critical that we prepare the squad for the battles ahead and give them the best chance to succeed.”
- Besides cricket, she is a talented pool player and won Irish Minor’s School gold medals in swimming. Also, she played on the Ulster U13 Girls Squash team.