Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Sophie Devine (cricket)

  • 01/01/2022

Sophie Devine

Age: 32

Born: September 1, 1989 at Porirua

Height: 1.71m

Event: Cricket

Coach: Ben Sawyer

Devine is the current captain of the White Ferns, taking over when incumbent Amy Satterthwaite went on maternity leave in 2018, but is also a double international, having played for the Black Sticks hockey team.

She debuted for the NZ women's cricket team in 2006, at the age of 17, and was attending home economics class at Tawa College, when she heard the news.

Devine has made more than 100 appearances in both one-day and T20 internationals, reaching the latter mark at this year's World Cup in New Zealand.

In 2015, she broke international records - men or women - for fastest T20 fifty (off 18 balls), including 32 off one over against India. At the 2017 World Cup, she became the first woman to hit nine sixes in an ODI innings.

Sophie Devine celebrates Perth's WBBL crown
Sophie Devine celebrates Perth's WBBL crown. Photo credit: Photosport

At the 2020 World Cup, against Sri Lanka, she became the first player -  men or women - to score six consecutive T20 fifties, including a maiden T20 century against South Africa.

In 2021, Devine scored the fastest T20 century by a woman, when she took just 18 balls for Wellington Blaze against Otago Sparks.

Earlier this year, she captained Perth Scorchers to their first Women's Big Bash title and was named Player of the Season.