Southern Vipers Retained For 2022 Hundred

Southern Vipers players have been retained by the Southern Brave after reaching the final in the inaugural Hundred competition

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Several Southern Vipers have been retained by their respective teams to play in the 2022 Hundred.

Opening batter Danni Wyatt is retained by the Brave after scoring 208 runs, the second most for the Brave, which included two 50s.

She was one of just three Brave women’s players to register a score of 50 or more, as both of her half-centuries came at The Ageas Bowl against Birmingham Phoenix, and then Welsh Fire – both matches that Southern Brave won.

Wyatt's opening partner, Smriti Mandhana, has also been retained by Southern Brave.

The powerful Indian opening batter scored 167 runs with a high strike rate of 133, the third best for the Brave women, along with two half-centuries with a best of 78, Brave's highest individual score, against Welsh Fire at The Ageas Bowl. 

Amanda-Jade Wellington is Brave women's second overseas player to be retained, after an exceptional first season in The Hundred.

The off spinner took 14 wickets, the most of any player from Southern Brave, with a best bowling performance of 4-12 - also the best of any Brave player.

Middle order batter Maia Bouchier is also retained.

She made 92 runs at an average of 30.66, and had the highest strike rate of anyone from the Brave women – 143.75.

On her retention, Bouchier said: "I am super excited to be part of the Southern Brave again this year. I love working with Charlotte, learning from her and the coaches, and I’m really looking forward to see what this Hundred will bring.

"I’m also so stoked to meet up with everyone on the team and make a lot more amazing memories like last year! Hopefully we can snatch that trophy this time."

Paige Scholfield is also retained despite having not played in the inaugural Hundred competition.

The South African-born all-rounder was crucial to the Vipers last year as she scored 93 runs and took six wickets in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, whilst her 41* from 36 helped the Vipers beat Lightning off the final ball to reach the final of the Charlotte Edwards Cup.

Fast bowler Lauren Bell is also included in Southern Brave's women's squad as she was one of the standout players in the tournament last year.

The Shard took 12 wickets, the second most for the Brave women after Amanda-Jade Wellington, at an average of 15.91.

Bell's fast bowling teammate Tara Norris is also staying at Southern Brave.

The American-born left-armer took three wickets at 22.66, and chipped in with runs down the order.

Norris said: “I am absolutely delighted to be retained by the Southern Brave and can’t wait for an exciting summer ahead!”

Finally for the Southern Brave, wicket-keeper Carla Rudd will stay with the team for this year.

Rudd was lightning behind the stumps with ten dismissals in nine matches, including eight stumpings.

She said: "I am delighted to retain my contract with the Southern Brave for the 2022 season. I look forward to playing with, and against, the best players in the world.

We will strive to make the final again this year but hopefully this time we can go one better and win the trophy."

Vipers off-spinner Charlie Dean has also been retained by the London Spirit, along with all-rounder Alice Monaghan.

Dean was the Spirit’s second leading wicket taker with six wickets, and Monaghan played six times for the Spirit which included skipping her graduation ceremony, so Heather Knight and her teammates threw her a memorable party on the Lord’s pavilion balcony.

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