Stony Stratford is pleased to announce the signing of Bella James for their 2022 Home Counties Women’s Cricket League campaign.

James is an accomplished top-order batter playing for the Otago Sparks in New Zealand’s domestic competitions.

A schoolgirl prodigy, James made her Otago Sparks debut aged 15 during the 2014/15 season. The following season (2016), she was named New Zealand Secondary School’s “Player of the Year”, culminating with selection for the White Ferns Development Program.

Since her Sparks debut, she has gone on to represent the “Deep South” in 92 matches (51 List A, 41 T20), and was skipper between 2019 and 2021.

James is a talented batter and useful off-spinner who is also a practicing NZC Level 1 coach with a Diploma in Sports Management and Coaching.

Recommended by Sparks team-mate, Kate Ebrahim, James is set to embark on her maiden UK stint in 2022 having signed with Stony Stratford for their Home Counties Women’s Cricket League campaign.