Sophie Molineux is an Australian allrounder, who plays for Victorian Spirit in the Women’s National Cricket League and the Melbourne Renegades in the Women’s Big Bash League. A left-hander all-rounder, Molineux is player to watch in the future.
Born in Bairnsdale, in eastern Victoria, Molineux has been involved in cricket since her early childhood. She took a hat-trick while playing for Gippsland in the Under-18 VicSpirit Championships in 2013, and has represented Victorian Spirit in the U-15 and U-18 side. She made her senior WNCL debut in 2016, against the ACT mentors, and since then she has been a regular member for the team. Her ability to bowl economic spells, and an added advantage of batting down the order makes her a “go to” player of the team. In March and April 2016, she also played eight matches for Australia A against Sri Lanka A and England A in the 2015–16 Women’s Development Series in Colombo.
Molineux’s all-round performances in youth tours and the domestic season helped her bag a contract with Melbourne Renegades in the inaugral WBBL. Her first season was not so effective, but she steadily improved her performances, and WBBL|3 was the breakthrough season for her. Molineux’s impressive figures helped her win the Rebel Young Gun Award, and grabbed the attention of the selectors which resulted in her getting her maiden callup for the series against India in 2017. She also won the Betty Wilson Young Player of the Year award at the 2017 Allan Border Medal Ceremony.