Birmingham Phoenix has used the local talent at their disposal to finalise their squads ahead of the third edition of The Hundred.

With their Vitality Wildcard selections, Phoenix men chose Birmingham Bears fast bowler Henry Brookes and batting all-rounder Jacob Bethell, whilst the final round of signings in the women’s competition include Central Sparks batter Davina Perrin, wicket-keeper Abbey Freeborn and all-rounder Charis Pavely. 

All five will be recognisable names for Edgbaston regulars with Pavely, who was part of England’s U19 World Cup finalist squad in January, the only player not to have experienced the competition already. 

Solihull-born Brookes, who is just 23 years old, returns to the Phoenix having taken six wickets in six matches last year. Originally picked by Oval Invincibles with a Vitality Wilcard pick, Phoenix used their right to match for the right-arm seamer, who’s added 12 wickets during this year’s Blast campaign. 

Brookes’ Bears teammate Bethell heads to Phoenix after featuring for Welsh Fire in 2022. The 19-year-old left-hand batting all-rounder was part of the England Under-19 team that reached the World Cup final in 2022, hitting 88 from 42 balls in the quarter-final against South Africa.

Perrin also returns having been the youngest player involved in The Hundred last summer at just 15 years old. Now a year older, the right-hand top-order batter from Wolverhampton will be looking to build on her regular involvement with Sparks this year. 

Freeborn, meanwhile, heads to Edgbaston with a wealth of experience in the competition. A wicket-keeper with a knack for scoring quick runs, the 26-year-old makes the short journey from Trent Rockets to Birmingham. 

Redditch-born Pavely rounds out the list on the back of making her debut with Central Sparks this year. Just 18 years old, the left-arm all-rounder has impressed domestically with bat and ball.

Henry Brookes said: “I’m really happy to have been signed in the Vitality Wildcard Draft. Having already experienced the competition I was desperate to return, so the opportunity to play for the Phoenix again at my home ground is fantastic. 

“It’s great to have a draft that rewards form in the Vitality Blast and links up the competitions and I’m hoping to take some of my form into The Hundred. I know the coaching staff and a lot of the players already, so seeing the final squad I’m incredibly excited for the summer ahead.”

Abbey Freeborn added: “I can’t wait to get started and play in front of a packed-out Edgbaston crowd once again. The support Birmingham Phoenix get is fantastic and I’m looking forward to being on the home team after being part of the Trent Rockets in previous years.”

New additions

Birmingham Phoenix: Davina Perrin, Abbey Freeborn, Charis Pavely, Jacob Bethell, Henry Brookes 
London Spirit: Richa Ghosh*, Lauren Filer, Chloe Hill, Alice Monaghan, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Matt Critchley 
Manchester Originals: Ami Campbell, Amara Carr, Mahika Gaur, Laura Jackson, Max Holden, Fred Klaasen, Usama Mir* 
Northern Superchargers: Georgie Boyce, Lucy Higham, Grace Ballinger, Grace Hall, Ollie Robinson, Saif Zaib, Matthew Short* 
Oval Invincibles: Sophia Smale, Beth Langston, Claudie Cooper, Lizzie Scott*, Tawanda Muyeye, Zak Chappell, Tom Lawes*, Adam Zampa* 
Southern Brave: Kalea Moore, Seren Smale, Ellie Anderson, Mary Taylor, Jafer Chohan, Matt Fisher 
Trent Rockets: Jo Gardner, Fran Wilson, Nat Wraith, Cassidy McCarthy*, John Turner, Tom Moores 
Welsh Fire: Emily Windsor, Ella McCaughan, Georgia Davis, Kate Coppack, Luke Wells, Chris Cooke 

*denotes replacement player

Birmingham Phoenix’s campaign kicks off against the Northern Supercharges at Headingley on Thursday 3 August, whilst the first home fixture at Edgbaston takes place two days later against Trent Rockets on Saturday 5 August.

Fewer than 500 tickets are now left for our opener against the Rockets, with tickets available from just £18. Tickets available at thehundred.com.

Over half a million people attended games during The Hundred’s second year in 2022, including a record-breaking 271,000 watching live women’s fixtures across the competition and more families buying tickets than in 2021.

Additional tickets released for first three days of West Indies Test

A small number of tickets have been released for the first three days of our Men’s Test against West Indies this summer (26-30 Juy).

Tickets are limited for these day and are expected to sell quickly. Early Bird tickets for Day Four are still available if purchased before midnight on 31 March.

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