Sophie Devine

Sophie Frances Monique Devine (born 1 September 1989) is a New Zealand sportswoman, who has represented New Zealand in both cricket for the New Zealand national women's cricket team (White Ferns), and in field hockey as a member of the New Zealand women's national field hockey team (Black Sticks Women).[1] She has since focused on cricket.[2] She is known for not wearing a helmet when batting, a rarity in 21st century cricket. In December 2017, she was named as one of the players in the ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year.[3]

Sophie Devine
Sophie Devine after the Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers WBBL game at Robertson Oval.jpg
Devine playing for Adelaide Strikers, 2018
Personal information
Full nameSophie Frances Monique Devine
Born (1989-09-01) 1 September 1989 (age 32)
Porirua, New Zealand
Height5 ft 7 in(1.70m)
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 102)22 October 2006 v Australia
Last ODI26 March 2022 v Pakistan
T20I debut (cap 12)18 October 2006 v Australia
Last T20I9 February 2022 v India
Domestic team information
2014/15–2015/16South Australia
2015/16–2019/20Adelaide Strikers
2016Loughborough Lightning
2017Yorkshire Diamonds
2017/18South Australia
2018Loughborough Lightning
2018/19–2019/20Western Australia
2020/21–presentPerth Scorchers
Career statistics
Competition WODI WT20I
Matches 111 98
Runs scored 2,697 2,474
Batting average 31.00 29.80
100s/50s 5/13 1/14
Top score 145 105
Balls bowled 3,857 1,548
Wickets 75 94
Bowling average 37.37 17.35
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 3/24 4/22
Catches/stumpings 32/– 34/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 26 March 2022

In August 2018, she was awarded a central contract by New Zealand Cricket, following the tours of Ireland and England in the previous months.[4][5] In October 2018, she was named in New Zealand's squad for the 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies.[6][7] Ahead of the tournament, she was named as the star of the team.[8]

In July 2020, Devine was appointed as the captain of the New Zealand women's cricket team on a full-time basis,[9] taking over from Amy Satterthwaite.[10] In September 2021, in the second match against England, Devine played in her 100th WT20I.[11]

Early lifeEdit

Devine was born in Kenepuru hospital, Porirua, New Zealand, and grew up in Tawa, a northern suburb of Wellington, New Zealand, where she attended Greenacres School and Tawa College. She began to play cricket and hockey at the age of four and wanted to become an All Black. At Tawa College, she played cricket mainly in the boys' teams including representative Wellington age group teams and the Tawa College boys first 11 and she played in the boys premier hockey team for the Tawa club. In her last year at Tawa College, she was awarded the bowling 'wicket' for the most wickets in the season. A previous winner was Black Caps Mark Gillespie. She started playing Senior women's hockey at age 14 and made her first-class cricket debut as a 14-year-old. At the end of 2006, Devine shifted to Christchurch with her family when her father was relocated with his work. After attending Rangi Ruru Girls' School for her final high school year she attended the University of Canterbury completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology.[12]


Devine batting for New Zealand during the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup

Devine was selected for the New Zealand women's national cricket team, the White Ferns, at age 17 and became one of the youngest-ever members of the team. She was in a home economics class at Tawa College when the White Ferns coach, Steve Jenkin, gave her the news.[13]

In November 2018, she was named in the Adelaide Strikers' squad for the 2018–19 Women's Big Bash League season.[14][15] In March 2019, she was named as the ANZ International Women's T20 Player of the Year at the annual New Zealand Cricket awards.[16] She also took over as captain as Amy Satterthwaite went on maternity leave.[17]

In January 2020, she was named as the captain of New Zealand's squad for the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Australia.[18] On 10 February 2020, in the fourth WT20I match against South Africa, Devine scored her first century in a WT20I match.[19] In the same match, she became the first cricketer (male or female) to make five consecutive scores of fifty or more in T20Is.[20] In New Zealand's first match of the Women's T20 World Cup, against Sri Lanka, Devine became the first cricketer, male or female, to make six consecutive scores of fifty or more in T20I cricket.[21] She was the leading run-scorer for New Zealand in the tournament, with 132 runs in four matches.[22]

In November 2020, Devine was nominated for the ICC Women's T20I Cricketer of the Decade award.[23][24] In February 2022, she was named as the captain of New Zealand's team for the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.[25]

In April 2022, she was bought by the Birmingham Phoenix for the 2022 season of The Hundred in England.[26]


On 11 July 2015, Devine broke the international record (men or women) for the fastest Twenty20 half century (from 18 balls), and fastest 70 runs (from 22 balls), and included scoring 32 off one over in the first match against India.[27] She holds the record for scoring the fastest ever fifty in Women's Twenty20 International (WT20I) history (from 18 balls).[28][29] During a match against Pakistan at the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup, Devine became the first woman to hit nine sixes in Women's One-day International cricket.[30][31] In 2020, she became the first player (male or female) to score fifties in 6 consecutive T20Is.[32] In January 2021, she broke the women's T20 record for the fastest century, scoring 100 in 36 balls for Wellington Blaze against Otago Sparks in the 2020–21 Super Smash.[33]

International centuriesEdit

One Day International centuriesEdit

Sophie Devine's One Day International centuries[34]
# Runs Match Opponents City/Country Venue Year
1 145 44   South Africa   Cuttack, India DRIEMS Ground 2013[35]
2 103 87   Pakistan   Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Sharjah Cricket Stadium 2017[36]
3 108 90   West Indies   Lincoln, New Zealand Bert Sutcliffe Oval 2018[37]
4 108 93   Ireland   Dublin, Ireland The Vineyard 2018[38]
5 117* 96   England   Leicester, England Grace Road 2018[39]
6 108 127   West Indies   Mount Maunganui, New Zealand Bay Oval 2022[40]

T20 International centuriesEdit

Sophie Devine's T20 International centuries[41]
# Runs Match Opponents City/Country Venue Year
1 105 87   South Africa   Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 2020[42]


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  26. ^ "The Hundred 2022: latest squads as Draft picks revealed". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  27. ^ "Sophie Devine World Record T20i Half Century". YouTube. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  28. ^ "Records | Women's Twenty20 Internationals | Batting records | Fastest fifties | ESPN Cricinfo". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  29. ^ Watch: Kiwi cricketer slams fastest ever 50 NZ Herald Retrieved 24 August 2017
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  31. ^ It's 'boom town' as world record six-hitter Sophie Devine smashes White Ferns to win Retrieved 24 August 2017
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  33. ^ "Sophie Devine hits 36-ball hundred - fastest in women's T20 cricket". BBC Sport. 14 January 2021.
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  35. ^ "Full Scorecard of NZ Women vs SA Women 4th Match, Group B 2012/13 - Score Report |". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  36. ^ "Full Scorecard of NZ Women vs PAK Women 1st ODI 2017/18 - Score Report |". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  37. ^ "Full Scorecard of NZ Women vs WI Women 1st ODI 2017/18 - Score Report |". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  38. ^ "Full Scorecard of NZ Women vs Ire Women 2nd ODI 2018 - Score Report |". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  39. ^ "Full Scorecard of ENG Women vs NZ Women 3rd ODI 2017/18-2021 - Score Report |". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
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  41. ^ "All-round records | Women's Twenty20 Internationals | Cricinfo Statsguru | – Sophie Devine". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  42. ^ "Full Scorecard of NZ Women vs SA Women 4th T20I 2019/20 - Score Report |". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 November 2021.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Sophie Devine at Wikimedia Commons