Fiance: Craig Hitchmough
Hometown: Chester, England
Age: 24 Years
|Nickname(s)||Sumo England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)|
|Profession||Cricketer (Batsman/Bowler/ Wicket-keeper)|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 180 cm
in meters- 1.80 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 11”
|Eye Colour||Light Grey|
|Hair Colour||Medium Blonde|
|International Debut||ODI- 8 October 2016 against West Indies at Trelawny Stadium, Jamaica during England Women tour of West Indies 2016/17
Test- 9 November 2017 against Australia at North Sydney Oval, Sydney during Women's Ashes 2017/18
T20- 3 July 2016 against Pakistan at County Ground, Bristol during Pakistan Women tour of England 2016
|Jersey Number||#19 (England Women)
|Domestic/State Team||• Cheshire (2013–2014)
• Lancashire (2015–present)
• Lancashire Thunder (2016–2019)
• Trailblazers (2019–2020)
• North West Thunder (2020–present)
• Manchester Originals (2021–present)
• Supernovas (2022)
• Sydney Sixers (2022/23–present)
• UP Warriorz (2023)
|Batting Style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling Style||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Date of Birth||6 May 1999 (Thursday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||24 Years|
|Birthplace||Chester, Cheshire, England|
|Hometown||Chester, Cheshire, England|
|School||Helsby High School, Helsby, England|
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father- Paul Ecclestone
Mother- Elaine Ecclestone
|Siblings||Brother- James Ecclestone
|Cricket Ground||Emirates Old Trafford in Stretford, England|
|Film series||Harry Potter|
|Football club||Everton F.C.|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Sophie Ecclestone
- Sophie Ecclestone is an English cricketer who plays for the England women’s cricket team. She has also represented Lancashire, North West Thunder, Manchester Originals, and Sydney Sixers in domestic and franchise competitions. She went on to become the world’s number-one bowler in WT20I cricket following the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
- She spent her childhood in Helsby village in Cheshire, where she grew up playing multiple sports with her elder brother, James, and father. James taught her how to play both football and cricket.
- Thereafter, she enrolled in Alvanley Cricket Club, Helsby, where she received her formal cricket training under coach Robin Fisher. Additionally, Ecclestone’s father was the junior coordinator there. She was the only girl on the club’s pathway then. After joining the club’s junior section at 7, she entered the Cheshire U13s pathway two years later. James was one of her teammates when she debuted for the Alvanley boys’ team.
- At 16, Ecclestone made her debut for Alvanley CC in which she took a stunning 3 for 15 as her side won by nine wickets at Irby in Division Two. At that time, she was a member of the England Women’s Under 19s development programme.
- In 2013, she started representing the Cheshire women’s county team. Later, she signed up with Lancashire Women. In 2015, she made her first-class debut for Lancashire Women against Nottinghamshire when she was 16.
- In 2016, still aged 16, she was selected for the England Academy winter squad. With the Academy, she went on her first tour abroad to Sri Lanka. The youngest member of the squad, Ecclestone picked up 16 wickets in a tri-series against Australia A and Sri Lanka A during the tour, including 4 wickets in a match against the latter team in Panagoda.
- At 17, she was in contention for selection to play for England ahead of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup. As she still had another round of A levels to go before she finished school, her parents and Mark Robinson (England’s then-coach) decided that Ecclestone would not play for England that summer.
- She took her first wicket with a full toss during her T20I debut against Pakistan.
- In 2017, she became a recipient of the Lancashire Cricket Board’s young player of the year accolade.
- She was part of England’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 which reached the finals in the tournament but lost to Australia.
- she was awarded a full central contract by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
- She was the highest wicket-taker of the 2018 England women’s Tri-Nation Series, featuring South Africa and New Zealand, with 10 wickets in 5 matches. Her efforts earned her the title of Player of the series.
- In February 2019, she was contracted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for 2019 following which ECB named her in England’s squad for their opening match against Australia to contest the Women’s Ashes.
- She was a part of England’s squad for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia. On 1 March 2020, amid the world cup, she claimed her 50th wicket in WT20I cricket, becoming the youngest woman to take 50 wickets in the format; BBC she achieved this in 34 matches. It was also her 100th wicket in international cricket. Although England was knocked out at the end of Group B in a match against South Africa, Ecclestone emerged as the world’s number-one WT20I bowler from the tournament.
- In the 2020 Women’s T20 Challenge, she played for IPL Trailblazers, which beat IPL Supernovas by 16 runs in the final and won their maiden title.
- In December 2021, Ecclestone was named to England’s squad for Women’s Ashes 2021–22.
- With 21 wickets, he was the highest wicket-taker of the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. She claimed her first six-wicket haul in WODIs during the semi-final match of the world cup against South Africa, with 6/36.
- In July 2022, she was named to England’s team for the cricket tournament at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
- In the same year, the Alvanley CC recognised Sophie Ecclestone as a lifetime member.
- She represented IPL Supernovas in the 2022 Women’s T20 Challenge; Supernovas beat Velocity by 4 runs in the final.
- She played for the team Spirit in the 2022 FairBreak Invitational T20 tournament. With 17 wickets, she emerged as the highest wicket-taker of the tournament.
- In the 2022 season of The Hundred, she represented Manchester Originals.
- She represented IPL Supernovas in the 2022 Women’s T20 Challenge. Supernovas emerged as the winners of the tournament, defeating Velocity by 4 runs in the final.
- In 2023, franchise team UP Warriorz bought her for Rs 1.8 crore for the inaugral Women’s Premier League (WPL).
- In an interview, she talked about her alternative career pursuit and said had she not become a cricketer she would become a PT teacher.