The much-anticipated tournament of the year “The Hundred” has taken the internet by storm, thanks to the latest signings that have been announced on Tuesday.
South African stars like Mignon du Preez and Lizelle Lee will both play for Manchester Originals in the inaugural edition of The Hundred, while their teammates Marizanne Kapp and Chloe Tryon have been picked up by Oval Invincibles and London Spirit respectively.
Wicket-keeper bat Lizelle Lee said, “I’ve got some fantastic memories of playing in England both internationally and in the Kia Super League and I can’t wait to take part in The Hundred later this year for Manchester Originals. It’s really exciting to be playing in a new competition and I think it’s a great opportunity to continue to grow the women’s game.”
Apart from South African players, Scottish cricketers like all-rounder Kathryn Bryce and leg spinner Abtaha Maqsood have also been signed by Trent Rockets and Birmingham Phoenix respectively, alongside Scotland-born England international Kirstie Gordon. Another player to make it to the Trent Rockets team is Abbey Freeborn. The team is coached by Salliann Briggs.
Former England internationals like Susie Rowe and Sonia Odedra have also been signed up by London Spirit and Southern Brave respectively. Rowe made her comeback in 2020 after a five-year-long break, while Odedra, played her last for England in 2014. Odedra will have Lauren Bell, who was part of England’s training squad during the coronavirus-affected summer of 2020, for the company. Meanwhile, Emily Arlott and Phoebe Franklin will represent Phoenix.
Welsh Fire has signed up five Western Storm players, four of whom are now professionally contracted full-time domestic players: Alex Griffiths, Georgia Hennessy, Nat Wraith and Sophie Luff, alongwith teenage bowler Lauren Filer.
London Spirit has added Sunrisers’ Amara Carr, South East Stars’ Aylish Cranstone, and Western Storm’s Danielle Gibson.
Manchester Originals has included Sunrisers’ Cordelia Griffiths along with Danielle Collins, Alice Dyson and Thunder spinner Hannah Jones.
Northern Superchargers has selected Helen Fenby and Bess Heath. Both these players were a part of Northern Diamonds’ squad in last year’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
Oval Invincibles has picked up Megan Belt, Eva Gray, and Rhianna Southby.