The Hundred Schedule, Players Draft & Fixtures: The first match in the history of The Hundred will be the women’s fixture between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals, on 21 June at the Kia Oval. The England & Wales Cricket Board is targeting a sell-out at The Oval on the competition’s opening night.
Fixtures for the ECB’s new 100-ball competition were released on Tuesday, after the inaugural season was postponed by a year due to the Covid pandemic, with Oval Invincibles playing Manchester Originals in standalone women’s and men’s fixtures on the first two nights.
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Men & Women Tournaments to launch alongside: It is thought to be the first time that a major sporting event in the UK has seen men’s and women’s tournaments launched alongside each other with the women’s fixture chosen as the curtain-raiser.
All fixtures will be played as double-headers – branded as “matchdays” – with women’s and men’s games taking place back-to-back at the same venue.
The Hundred Players Draft Currently in progress…
Manchester Originals snapped up the highly-impressive Nicholas Pooran as their first pick in the draft, while also adding South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada and England quick Jamie Overton to their ranks. Originals went into the draft with most spaces to fill (10), they also roped in the likes of Harry Gurney, Shadab Khan, Tom Lammonby, Steven Finn, Colin Ackermann, Richard Gleeson and Tom Hartle..
Men’s Squad: Jos Buttler, Nicholas Pooran*, Kagiso Rabada*, Harry Gurney*, Phil Salt, Matt Parkinson, Joe Clarke, Jamie Overton*, Shadab Khan*, Tom Lammonby*, Wayne Madsen, Steven Finn*, Colin Ackermann*, Richard Gleenson*, Tom Hartley
Women’s Squad: Georgia Boyce, Natalie Brown, Danielle Collins, Kate Cross, Mignon du Preez, Alice Dyson, Sophie Ecclestone*, Cordelia Griffith, Alex Hartley, Hannah Jones, Emma Lamb, Lizelle Lee, Ellie Threlkeld
The 14th pick on the draft was the first for Northern Superchargers, who went for England pacer Olly Stone. They also added the likes of Matthew Potts, Matthew Fisher, Harry Brook and Callum Parkinson.
The women’s team welcomed Aussie duo Alyssa Healy and Nicola Carey, as well as Alice Davidson-Richards.
Men’s squad: Ben Stokes, Aaron Finch, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Lynn, Adil Rashid, Adam Lyth, David Willey, Olly Stone*, Matthew Potts*, Matthew Fisher*, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Harry Brooks*, Brydon Carse, Callum Parkinson*, John Simpson
Women’s squad: Hollie Armitage, Nicola Carey*, Alice Davidson-Richards*, Helen Fenby, Alyssa Healy*, Bess Heath, Beth Langston, Katie Levick, Linsey Smith, Lauren Winfield-Hill
Welsh Fire got the second pick on the draft and went for the experienced Kieron Pollard. The latest IPL millionaire – Jhye Richardson – was also roped in through the seventh pick on the draft.
Even more impressive were the players signed for the women’s team, as they brought in T20 WC winning-trio – Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning.
Men’s squad: Qais Ahmed, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Ben Duckett, Ryan Higgins, David Payne, Liam Plunkett, Ollie Pope, Kieron Pollard*, Jhye Richardson*, Jake Ball*, Ian Cockbain*, Josh Cobb*, Matthew Critchley*, David Lloyd*
Women’s squad:Laura Filer, Katie George, Amy Gordon, Alex Griffiths, Georgia Hennessy, Sophie Luff, Natasha Wraith, Jess Jonassen*, Meg Lanning*, Beth Mooney*, Bryony Smith*
More to follow….