James Brinkley (born 13 March 1974 in Dunbartonshire) is a Scottish cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler. He played five One-day Internationals in May 1999. He played List A cricket until 2004 and participated in the 2001 ICC Trophy.
Brinkley was generally used as the opening bowler in the Scottish attack.
He is currently playing league cricket for the Old Elizabethans Cricket Club, based in Worcester. The club plays in the Second Division of the Birmingham League.
He is now a sports teacher for Winterfold House School, Chaddesley Corbett, Wyre Forest, West Midlands and is Head of Boys' Sport at Winterfold, teaching the 1st XV Rugby, 2nd XI Football, and 1st Cricket.