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Sophie Ecclestone: ‘I got him out first ball. All the lads were laughing’

England teenager is aiming to be the best spinner at the women’s World Twenty20 nine years after bamboozling her headmaster

Sophie Ecclestone was 10 when her mum realised she might one day play for England. She had taken her daughter along to her primary’s after-school cricket club, and the new (and unsuspecting) headmaster asked her to bowl at him.

“I got him out first ball – I knocked all three stumps out the ground,” the left-arm spinner recalls. “He was a bit surprised. I don’t think he was expecting a girl to come along to the club at all – he certainly didn’t realise I could actually play cricket. All the lads were laughing.”

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