Playing Role - Wicket-Keeper & Right-Hand Bat
County - Welsh Fire & England
Date of Birth - 20 May 1989
Sarah is recognised as one of the finest wicketkeepers in world cricket. Her agility, speed and reflexes behind the stumps have created dismissals that are in a league of their own.
Across all formats, Sarah played for England in 226 matches, before closing her thirteen-year long international career in September 2019.
Sarah continues with her domestic career., most recently playing for Northern Diamonds in the Rachael Hayhow Flint Trophy.
Sarah was born in Whitechapel. After attended Bede’s Prep School in Eastbourne, Sarah studied at Brighton College (2002-2007).
Noted for creating opportunities for competitive female cricket, Brighton College provided the environment for Sarah to develop her talent.
Feathers were ruffled in 2005. England captain and Old Brightonian Clare Connor announced that Sarah and Holly Colvin would both play for Brighton College’s First XI in 2006. The Sunday Telegraph reported that in response, Robin Marlar, the newly appointed MCC President, had called the decision “absolutely outrageous.” Given time views change and by 2018, Adam Gilchrist was quoted as saying that Sarah was “the best wicket-keeper in the world at the moment, male or female”
Brighton & Hove Women
Between 2003-2011 Sarah played for Brighton and Hove Women. Batting at number eleven, she played in the 2003 ECB Premier League Final victory over Thrumpton.
In May 2010, Sarah thumped 196 off 175 balls as Brighton & Hove claimed a 69-run win against Loughton.
The following season, she scored 110, in the ECB Premier League victory over Bath.
Early in 2013, the ECB confirmed that talks had taken place discussing the possibility of Sarah playing for Sussex Second XI. While this possibility did not become an actuality, she became the first woman to play in the Birmingham Premier League for 125 years after joining Walmley. In April 2013, she hit 54no for Walmley in a first round match of the Graham Williamson Trophy.
Sarah chalked-up a further first in 2015 when Sarah was signed to play grade cricket in Australia for Northern Districts.
Sarah joined Surrey Stars in 2018 after playing 3 matches for Lancashire Lightning. In 18 Kia Super League matches for the Stars, Sarah took three catches behind the stumps and completed 11 stumpings. With the bat, she made 437 runs, scoring 4 half-centuries.
After taking a break from playing, Sarah announced she was resuming her domestic career in The Hundred after signing for the Welsh Fire in April 2021.
In June 2021 and prior to the commencement of The Hundred, Sarah joined Northern Diamonds, after injury and an international call-up had left the Headingley based team without a designated wicketkeeper.
In August 2006, 17-year-old Sarah, made her IT20, Test and ODI debuts in the space of a few days. On 5 August, she played her first IT20 in the 8-wicket defeat to India at the County Ground, Derby. Three days later Sarah was playing her first Test at Grace Road. In the first of two npower Tests against India, she scored 9 and 28 and took the first catch in Test matches.
Sarah’s ODI debut, again against India, followed on 14 August as England won by 100 runs at Lord’s. By 24 August, she had recorded 1000 ListA runs when scoring 61, her highest ODI innings at the time, in the fourth match of the series vs. India.
Sarah had to wait until March 2007, before scoring her first ODI century. In the Quadrangular series held in Chennai, she opened the batting, scoring 101 in the six-wicket defeat to Australia. Her second century came at Lord’s vs. South Africa in August 2008. Sarah hit 129 and shared an opening partnership of 268 with Caroline Atkins as England overwhelmed South Africa. The 268 runs amassed by Sarah and Atkins remained the highest any win wicket partnership in Women’s ODIs until 2017.
Playing in her thirty-fourth ODI, Sarah passed 1000 ODI and 2500 ListA runs when scoring 75 in England’s 10 wicket defeat of India at Taunton on 1 September 2008.
During the 2017 Women’s World Cup, Sarah and Tammy Beaumont shared a 275 run partnership the highest for the second wicket in the history of the competition.
In a ten Test match career (2006-2019) Sarah scored 300 runs. Her highest Test innings of 40 coming in the six-wicket loss to India at Sir Paul Getty’s Ground, Wormsley in August 2014. Behind the stumps, Sarah took 18 catches and completed 2 stumpings in Test matches.
Between 2006-2019, Sarah scored 6,533 runs and claimed over 200 victims behind the stumps.
Sarah’s international highlights include winning the 2008 Ashes in Australia and lifting the Womens World Cup in 2009 and 2017.
After retirement from international cricket Sarah returned to Bede’s School to take up the post of Sports Development and Life Skills Coach in January 2020.
In March 2020 Sussex became the first county to appoint a woman coach to their Men’s squad when naming Sarah as the county’s specialist wicketkeeping coach.
For the 2021 Abu Dhabi T10, Sarah was appointed assistant coach to Team Abu Dhabi.
In the following February Manchester Originals named Sarah as assistant coach to their Men’s squad for the 2022 Hundred.
- 2012 ICC name Sarah as their Women’s IT20 Cricketer of the Year.
- 2013 ICC name Sarah as their Women’s IT20 Cricketer of the Year.
- 2014 ICC name Sarah as their Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year.
- 2015 Sarah is inducted into Legends Lane, County Cricket Ground, Hove.
- 2020 The ICC name Sarah in their Women’s ODI Team of the Decade.
- 2021 MCC Honorary Life Member.
Gunn & Moore – GM provide Sarah with her on-field equipment.
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(Profile Update: 24/02/22)