Amy Hunter is a female Irish cricketer. She is known for her wicketkeeping and batting skills and has played crucial roles in many of her countrys wins. Amy Hunter during her inning against Zimbabwe on 11 October 2021.At the age of seven, she started playing cricket with her two elder brothers at home. Later, she also played alongside her father on the Instonians VI (Junior League). College photo of Amy Hunter.In an interview, she talked about the best thing that she liked about cricket, and it was hitting sixes.Two years later, she started playing for Instonians Under 11 (Boys), NCU Under 11 (Boys), NCU Under 15 and Under 17 Girls, Ireland Under 15 Girls, and most impressively NCU Women and The Dragons Super 3s team. She first made a mark in cricket during a match between NCU Women and North-West Women, where she took three wickets in four balls.On 24 July 2020, she scored an unbeaten 91 runs to lead her team a win by 53 runs (DLS) against The Hills, which included nine fours and one six. With this, she scored a total of 132 runs without being dismissed in the series. A few months later on 6 September 2020, she smashed a gritty 54 runs while playing for Typhoons and helped her side beat Scorchers by 53 runs in the fifth match of the Super 50 series at Oak Hill Cricket Club in Wicklow (South Dublin). Amy Hunter playing a shot during her innings in Wicklow (Dublin) in September 2020.She was called into the team on multiple occasions in 2020, but in November same year, she made a mark in T20 against Scotland at La Manga in Spain in place of Shauna Kavanagh who was withdrawn from the squad after her COVID positive report. In an interview with Sportsound Extra Time, she talked about her induction into the national squad of Ireland. She said, BBC Sport I didnt expect to get into the squad, just maybe an outside chance. Its a great opportunity and Im just excited to be there. Amy Hunter with her Irish team (Third from right sitting) after the Zimbabwe series in October 2021.On 11 October 2021, Amy created history with an unbeaten 121 runs of 127 deliveries against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club (Zimbabwe). Her century was the only hundred from Irelands side and helped her team script a series win by 2-1. The history making moment! Amy Hunter strikes a four to become the youngest centurion in Womens one-day international cricket. Just listen to what it [email protected]
| #BackingGreen pic.twitter.com/Ht16kpyYnO Ireland Womens Cricket (@IrishWomensCric) October 11, 2021.Ireland was already up in the series by 2-1 against Zimbabwe in October 2021 in their homeland. This was the 4th W-ODI of the series. Zimbabwe, after winning the toss, opted to field first. Ireland lost their first wicket on 40 runs in nine overs when Amy came out to bat. Together, Amy and Gaby built a solid 104 runs partnership before Gaby got dismissed on 78, but Amy stood at one end and partnered with the captain of her team, Laura Delany, for another century stand for her team; however, the captain also departed after scoring 68 runs, but Amy didnt stop. She finished the innings with a total of 312 runs with her contribution of 121 runs off 127 balls and scripted her name in the history books. The opposition team though fought well, but they fell short of the target by 85 runs. Amy Hunter was awarded the Player of the Match. Interestingly, this feat came on her 16th birthday. It was Irelands highest ODI total (both men and women), more than their previous best of 309 runs against the Netherlands in 2009. Before that inning, she had scored 104 runs in the Super 50 series held in 2021 at an average of 26 and scored her maiden half-century for the winning side, Typhoons. Soon, she came under the radar of Irish selectors in 2020. After that inning, Carrie Archer, the chairman of the national womens selectors, said, The Cricketer 2020 was a breakthrough year for a few players, particularly some of the newer names that have appeared on the national selectors radar. Amy Hunter has been a prospect for a number of years now, and you could see her performances with the bat as well as with the gloves that she is starting to come into her own. Director, Richard Holdsworth praised her performance and said, 2021 will be a crucial year for Irish womens cricket with a 50-over World Cup Qualifier in the offing and the ICC Womens Championship approaching, it is critical that we prepare the squad for the battles ahead and give them the best chance to succeed. Amy Hunter prepares to take a catch against Typhoons in 2021.Besides cricket, she is a talented pool player and has won Irish Minors School gold medals in swimming. Also, she played for the Ulster U13 Girls Squash team during her school days. Amy Hunter in action.