On Sunday, the eight new women’s teams in The Hundred each announced the signing of a marquee player live from The Hundred Draft.
Birmingham Phoenix announced hard-hitting New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine who will join Amy Jones and Kirstie Gordon as the two England women’s centrally contracted players.
The 30-year-old broke the international record (men or women) for the fastest T20 half-century (from 18 balls), and fastest 70 runs (from 22 balls), which included scoring 32 off one over in the first match against India in 2015.
The right-hander also holds the record for scoring the fastest-ever fifty in Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) history (from 18 balls).
Can’t wait to get stuck in with birminghamphoenix during thehundred next year ?? #togetherwerise #birmingham https://t.co/uYY06Z7oB9
— Sophie Devine (@sophdevine77) October 20, 2019
Australia skipper Meg Lanning will join her international coach Matthew Mott at Welsh Fire, whilst South Africa’s Lizelle Lee will head to Manchester Originals. England’s Tammy Beaumont will join her international captain Heather Knight at London Spirit – the pair last played together at Lord’s when England lifted the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017.
Southern Brave have chosen Devine’s Kiwi compatriot Suzie Bates and South London’s Oval Invincibles hhave selected South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk.
England duo Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt, who were Trent Rockets’ first two picks on October 3, will have young Australia spinner Sophie Molineux joining them. Then Alyssa Healy – who smashed a record-breaking 148 against the West Indies earlier this month – is heading to Northern Superchargers.
Tonight’s newly selected marquee players will join the two England women’s centrally contracted players that each team announced at the start of the month. Team Head Coaches have until May 31 to finalise their 15-strong squads.
|Team||New signings||England women’s central contract players selected on 3rd October|
|Birmingham Phoenix||Sophie Devine||Amy Jones, Kirstie Gordon|
|London Spirit||Tammy Beaumont||Heather Knight, Freya Davies|
|Manchester Originals||Lizelle Lee||Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone|
|Northern Superchargers||Alyssa Healy||Lauren Winfield, Linsey Smith|
|Oval Invincibles||Dane van Niekerk||Laura Marsh, Fran Wilson|
|Southern Brave||Suzie Bates||Anya Shrubsole, Danni Wyatt|
|Trent Rockets||Sophie Molineux||Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt|
|Welsh Fire||Meg Lanning||Katie George, Bryony Smith|
Birmingham Phoenix welcomed 14 new players to the men’s team. Assistant Coach Daniel Vettori went head-to-head with seven competing Head Coaches to select the very best players to represent the Birmingham-based team in The Hundred next summer.
Chosen from a 570-strong player pool, top order batsman Liam Livingstone was the first player picked. Joining him is all-rounder Ravi Bopara and New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson, who was picked from the international player pool.
Vettori quickly snapped up Benny Howell and Tom Helm, joining existing teammates England international Chris Woakes and fellow World Cup winner Moeen Ali, who were selected in the first stage of the draft process, earlier this month. The men’s team, based at Edgbaston, will face seven other teams in the competition when it starts in Summer 2020.
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