Southern Vipers’ captain Georgia Adams could lift her fourth trophy of 2023 as her Adelaide Strikers take on Brisbane Heat in the final of the WBBL
Southern Brave have now confirmed their squads as the Vitality Wildcard Draft selections in the men’s competition and the final round of signings in the women’s competition have been announced.
In the Vitality Wildcard Draft, leg-spinner Jafer Chohan was signed up having taken five wickets in the Vitality Blast, along with his Yorkshire teammate and England pace bowler Matt Fisher.
For the women’s team, England U19s Seren Smale and Ellie Anderson were signed, along with Southern Vipers’ seamer Mary Taylor and South East Stars’ spinner Kalea Moore.
Chohan, 20, signed a rookie deal with Yorkshire having previously played for the South Asian Cricket Academy.
The leg-spinner piqued former England Men’s Test captain Joe Root’s interest at a net session in Loughborough, who encouraged him to trial for Yorkshire.
Fisher made his Test debut in the Caribbean in 2022 before suffering a stress fracture which saw him sit out most of the 2022 season.
So far in 2023, Fisher has taken two Vitality Blast wickets and is currently Yorkshire’s leading wicket taker in Division Two of the LV= Insurance County Championship, with 19 scalps to his name.
Thunder’s Seren Smale and Central Sparks’ Ellie Anderson both starred as England reached the final of the inaugural U19 Women’s World Cup in South Africa in January.
Wicket-keeper Smale was England’s fourth leading run-scorer, with 121 runs at a strike rate of 125, whilst Ellie Anderson was the three lions’ third-leading wicket taker, dismissing eight batters in just five matches, with a phenomenal 5-12 against West Indies at Potchefstroom.
Mary Taylor has been a regular feature for Southern Vipers this season, playing in six Charlotte Edwards Cup matches and taking two wickets, having only made her senior debut in 2022. She was also named as a non-travelling reserve for the U19s World Cup.
Spinner Moore, formerly of Northern Superchargers, signed her first professional contract with South East Stars in November 2022, and has taken 16 wickets in 22 games for her region, along with four wickets for the Superchargers in the first-ever edition of The Hundred.
Full Vitality Blast Wildcard & Open Market Signings:
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, Matthew Wade*, Daryl Mitchell*
Manchester Originals: Ami Campbell, Amara Carr, Mahika Gaur, Laura Jackson, Max Holden, Fred Klaassen, Usama Mir*
Northern Superchargers: Georgie Boyce, Lucy Higham, Grace Ballinger, Grace Hall, Leah Dobson*, Ollie Robinson, Saif Zaib, Matthew Short*
Oval Invincibles: Sophia Smale, Beth Langston, Cordelia Griffith, 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
I’m really looking forward to playing in my first season of The Hundred, and it’s great to have the opportunity to play under Charlotte Edwards at The Ageas Bowl. The crowds we’ve had for our matches there so far this season have been amazing, and I can't wait to play in front of packed stands with some of the best players in the world.Mary Taylor, Southern Brave pace bowler
Trent Rockets and Southern Brave will go head-to-head on Tuesday 1 August, the opening matchday of the third year of The Hundred. The double-header is the first of 34 matchdays that promise high-octane men’s and women’s sporting action, live music, and a host of family-friendly entertainment.
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.
Tickets this year remain great value in line with 2022 pricing, with prices set at £5 for juniors aged 6-15, free for children five and under, and adults starting from £12.
Over 14.1 million people tuned in to watch The Hundred action in 2022 and games will again be broadcast live on Sky Sports and BBC broadcast and digital channels throughout the competition.
To stay up to date with the latest news, buy tickets or to sign up for priority access, visit thehundred.com or follow The Hundred, and the eight teams, on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and YouTube.
To view all the players selected to play in The Hundred, please visit this link.
Finty Trussler, Charlotte Taylor, Abi Norgrove, Megan Sturge, and Ava Lee have all been awarded winter contracts
The 22-year-old has signed a new multi-year contract at The Ageas Bowl and has agreed to join Leicestershire on loan for the 2024 season