News story from Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools

Spin-bowling all-rounder, Sophia, Storms to top cricket accolade

The Monmouth School for Girls' student is part of Western Storm, a professional women’s cricket team that represents South-West England and Wales.

Photo: Ian Morgan, Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools.
Monmouth student, Sophia Smale, has won the Coaches Player of the Year award in the Western Storm Academy.
Monmouth student, Sophia Smale, has won the Coaches Player of the Year award in the Western Storm Academy.

16th December 2021 — A cricketer at Monmouth School for Girls has scooped a top award from her regional team.

Sophia Smale, a left-arm spin bowling all-rounder, has won the Coaches Player of the Year award in the Western Storm Academy.

Sophia, 17, is part of Western Storm, a professional women’s cricket team that represents South-West England and Wales.

The teenager has also represented Wales extensively at youth and senior levels.

Sophia was first introduced to cricket by her grandfather, Malcolm Price, a qualified coach and a stalwart of junior cricket in Gwent and throughout Wales.

It has been a memorable 2021 for the Year 12 student, who clinched a gold medal in the School Games National Finals at Loughborough University.

Sophia was among only 39 under-18 female cricketers involved in the tournament and gained selection after impressing for Western Storm’s Academy in a festival at Shrewsbury.

She represented Team Sciver in the T20 competition and her side secured first place after three wins and one defeat from four matches.

Sophia is studying A levels in Monmouth Schools Sixth Form and is working hard this winter towards her dream of becoming a professional women’s cricketer.

Last summer, Sophia became the first female cricketer in history to play a competitive match for Monmouth School for Boys’ first team.

In 2019, Sophia enjoyed winter training under the direction of the England Women’s Academy coaches when she was selected for the England Spin Bowling Group based at Loughborough.

Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools (Coed 7-18) is a day and boarding school in Wales.

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