Published: 6th February, 2020
England international Sophia Dunkley will join Surrey for the 2020 county season after leaving Middlesex.
All-rounder Dunkley has been with Middlesex the entirety of her county career, since making her debut in 2013, but has now made the decision to move south of the river in order to play Division One cricket as she eyes a return to the international setup.
The middle-order batsman and leg-spinner will be amongst many familiar faces at Surrey after three seasons with the Surrey Stars in the Kia Super League, including the triumphant 2018 campaign.
Dunkley scored 168 runs, including a high score of 66, and took six wickets for the Surrey Stars – contributing at big moments in 2018 including the wicket of Rachael Haynes in the final.
The Lambeth-born player made her international debut following that final and now has 10 appearances to her name, including five matches at the T20 World Cup which saw England end up as losing finalists.
Surrey Women will play eight matches in this year’s Division One of the national T20 competition as well as a London Cup fixture against Dunkley’s old side and our rivals Middlesex at The Kia Oval on 20th May. Click here to view all of this year’s fixtures.
Speaking on her move, Dunkley said: “I’m really looking forward to getting going with the girls. Having worked with some of the coaches and players during my time with the Surrey Stars in the KSL, I know what a professional and exciting set up it is. It’s a brilliant opportunity for me to get a new challenge and play in Division 1.
Surrey Women’s Head Coach Richard Bedbrook added: “We are all incredibly excited at having secured the signing of Sophia. First and foremost, she is a fantastic person who will only add value to our strong unit of players and we all know what qualities she will bring to us on the pitch as well.
“We have a strong relationship with Sophia here having had her as part of the Surrey Stars for three of the four years of the KSL and once I knew she was looking to play Division 1 cricket, the decision to say yes to her joining us was an easy one.
“We really want to help support Sophia’s ambitions of reclaiming a place in the full England side and with the training and match opportunities that Surrey can provide, combined with her determination to improve and perform, we are confident that Sophia will add a huge amount of quality to our homegrown squad of players.
“It should be an exciting County T20 competition this summer, with hopefully a full array of our domestic players involved, so we continue as a squad to work hard over the next few months and are really looking forward to competing with the other Division 1 counties for the title.”