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Ecclestone and Mooney among latest to sign for the Hundred

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  • Players are being signed on an individual basis by the eight teams in the women’s competition. Teams will continue to fill their squads over the coming months.
  • World’s top female T20 bowler Sophie Ecclestone and leading female T20 batter Beth Mooney are among the latest women’s star signings. Women’s competition currently features three of world’s top five female international T20 batters and bowlers.
  • The women’s competition will headline the start of The Hundred with Oval Invincibles taking on Manchester Originals in a standalone women’s match, live on Sky and BBC on July 21, a day before the men’s teams meet.

The Hundred will combine fast-paced cricket featuring world-class players with entertainment off the pitch making it a great day out for families.

In the women’s competition Australians Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy – three of the world’s top six female batters in international T20s – and England’s Sophie Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn – first and ninth in the world bowling rankings respectively – have been unveiled as well.

Players are being signed on an individual basis by the eight teams in the women’s competition, with no equivalent Draft event. Teams will continue to fill their squads over the coming months. Today’s announced signings were:

Team  New Signings
Birmingham Phoenix Georgia Elwiss
London Spirit Tammy Beaumont
Manchester Originals Sophie Ecclestone
Northern Superchargers Nicola Carey (Australia)
Alice Davidson-Richards
Alyssa Healy (Australia)
Oval Invincibles Rachael Haynes (Australia)
Mady Villiers
Southern Brave Sophia Dunkley
Trent Rockets Sarah Glenn
Sophie Molineux (Australia)
Annabel Sutherland (Australia)
Welsh Fire Jess Jonassen (Australia)
Meg Lanning (Australia)
Beth Mooney (Australia)
Bryony Smith

The fixtures for The Hundred were published earlier today and in a sporting first, the competition will launch with a women’s fixture as the headline act. Oval Invincibles will take on Manchester Originals at the Kia Oval on Wednesday 21 July in a match televised live on Sky and BBC – with the men’s sides following suit the next day.

After those first two games, men’s and women’s sides will both play at the same venue on the same date, with tickets allowing fans to watch both matches. All men’s and women’s games will be broadcast live on Sky. The Hundred will also be covered extensively across the BBC, including live television coverage of 10 men’s games and up to eight live women’s matches, including The Hundred Final for both the women’s and men’s competitions, which will take place at Lord’s on 21 August.

Sophie Ecclestone, confirmed today as playing for Manchester Originals, said: “The thought of making history and potentially bowling the first ball of The Hundred is really exciting. It is fantastic news that the competition is launching with a women’s match and we can’t wait to get The Hundred off to the best possible start.”

Australia’s Meg Lanning, who will play for Welsh Fire, said “I’m really excited to be playing in The Hundred and to be leading Welsh Fire. We’ve got a strong Aussie contingent with myself, Jess (Jonassen) and Beth (Mooney) involved, alongside a host of up and coming domestic players. With Matthew Mott at the helm, we can’t wait to get going.”

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