Sophie Ecclestone celebrated her international debut with a wicket as England’s women thrashed Pakistan in the first of a three-match Twenty20 series.

The teenager from Helsby bowled four overs in Bristol with the left-arm spinner dismissing Sidra Ameen, going for 21 runs in an impressive spell as England racked up a T20 best of 187-5 to claim a dominant 68-run victory.

Ecclestone, 17, is a sixth-former at Helsby High School and took up cricket aged seven at Alvanley while she has also represented Chester Boughton Hall and Cheshire.

Sophie Ecclestone in action for Alvanley CC
Sophie Ecclestone in action for Alvanley CC

She now plays for Lancashire and is part of the Lancashire Thunder squad for the upcoming Women’s Super League tournament, and toured Sri Lanka with the England Academy side, winning six out of seven matches.

Following her call-up to the England side, Ecclestone said she couldn’t wait to tell her parents and her brother, admitting being in the same team as famous names including captain Heather Knight was a daunting prospect.

She said: “They were proud of me. I’ve been waiting for it to come and now it’s finally here, it’s kind of scary.

“It’s an amazing environment to be in. All the girls have been really nice, I’ve been training with them for a little while now but it’s a bit surreal.”

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The second match in the series takes place at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday with the third and final game at the Essex County Ground in Chelmsford on Thursday.

Rebecca Clarke, deputy leader of PE at Helsby High School, congratulated Sophie on her achievement.

She said: "Sophie joined Helsby High School in 2010 and immediately presented as a somewhat shy but naturally gifted sports-woman, however she quickly displayed great confidence when she had a cricket ball in her hand and a football at her feet.

"As an experienced cricketer myself, Sophie would repeatedly ask to bowl at me when she was in Year 7. I accepted the challenge, in honesty, not believing that at her age she could bowl me out but sure enough she bowled me first ball. My embarrassment was masked by pride for the talent I witnessed there and then and I said to her and her father then ‘you’ll be playing for England women one day’.

"Sophie has represented the school in netball, athletics and football, where she was selected for the Cheshire FA Centre of Excellence. She was able to manage her time well to ensure she attended all training sessions for each sport as well as juggling her studies.

"Helsby High School is so very proud of Sophie’s achievements, not just for this recent accolade but for the manner in which she has handled herself during each stage of her selection to date.

"The school continues to actively support Sophie in her future endeavours and we are excited to watch her progress."