The world’s newest competition The Hundred has begun, and amidst all the debate about the competition has been some outstanding quality cricket. The new rules have taken a little bit of time to get used to; however, the added tactical elements have been fascinating.
The Australians have been setting the competition alight. Although many of the superstars pulled out of the tournament, the replacements have been just as effective.
It is early days, But it seems that The Hundred has reinvigorated English cricket. Crowds are back, although with some restrictions. England’s white-ball cricket has been incredible over the last four years, and The Hundred will no doubt add to this depth. From the first week of the competition, The Hundred looks here to stay and with games being free cricket seems back in the English mainstream.
Chris Lynn (Northern Superchargers)
The big-hitting Australian has had a slow start to the tournament. Lynn is playing under the captaincy of Ben Stokes and is being used as the more stable, slower scoring opener, while Adam Lyth is coming out of the gates flying. Lynn’s first two games of The Hundred have only managed two from four balls and 11 from 11 balls. While it’s been a slow start to the competition, Lynn will undoubtedly find a way to improve going forward.
Josh Inglis (London Spirit)
After a massive start to his English season for Leicestershire, Inglis managed to get himself a Hundred contract. Inglis has only played one match to date, with his second being rained off without play. There is talk about Inglis being on the cusp of potential Australian selection with his extraordinary English summer form. Yet this didn’t come across in his first Hundred match. He managed ten from eight balls including two boundaries before being out to Kiwi fast bowler Adam Milne.
D’Arcy Short (Trent Rockets)
Short has been the standout Australian male from the first week of The Hundred. Few players are as exciting to watch as Short when he is in top form. After a solid warmup in the T20 Blast, Short hit the ground running in his first match, hitting a fifty that included five boundaries and a huge six. Short’s second game wasn’t as memorable in a game where the top order of the Trent Rockets struggled. Short scored 14 from 11 on what was a difficult pitch.
Erin Burns (Birmingham Phoenix)
Burns has had a slow start to The Hundred with the bat, although her bowling in the first match was incredible. The Australian all-rounder isn’t a mainstay of the national side; however, she is still of international quality. In the Phoenix’s first match, she scored 17 from 16 with the bat, at the top of the order. Burns also opened the bowling, going for 16 runs from 15 balls bowled. Burns was then dropped down on the middle order for the second match and only managed two runs before being stumped. With the ball, she took two wickets and only going for 15 runs from her 20 balls.
Piepa Cleary (Welsh Fire)
Coming from Perth and growing up training at the WACA is very different from playing on the low, slow wickets of the UK. Cleary seemed to struggle with this change of conditions in the first match. Opening the bowling for the Welsh Fire, Cleary struggled to find her lengthy and while she took a wicket was expensive. She went for 27 from 15 balls in one of the more expensive spells in the competition. Her second game was much better, going for only 14 runs from 15 balls bowled, including a critical wicket at the death.
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Heather Graham (Trent Rockets)
The Perth Scorchers all-rounder has had an impressive start to her Hundred campaign. She started with the ball for the Trent Rockets, going for 11 runs from 10 balls. However, the most remarkable aspect of her game was her batting. Graham came in with the score 5-109 and smashed four boundaries on her way to 24. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get them across the line. In her second match, her bowling was the standout taking 1-21 from 15 balls.
Sammy-Jo Johnson (Trent Rockets)
Jo Johnson has been the standout from the first week of the women’s competition. Opening the batting for the Trent Rockets and bowling crucial overs, she has been key to keeping the Rockets competitive. In her first game, she opened the bowling and took a magnificent 1-13 from her 15 balls. With the bat, she only managed four from three balls. Her next match contained one of the most impressive performances in the competition so far. From her 20 balls bowled, Jo Johnson took four wickets and only went for 15 runs. With the bat, she was also impressive, scoring 13 from nine balls opening the batting.
Laura Kimmince (Northern Superchargers)
With the Northern Superchargers having its first match rained off, Kimmince has only had one chance to impress with the bat, and impress she did. After a strong start with the bat, the SuperChargers were on track for a 120 score before Kimmince entered the field. While she only faced 13 balls in her innings, Kimmince scored 31 runs, including seven boundaries, in what was a magnificent performance. Unfortunately, her knock was ended by fellow Australian Sammy Jo Johnson.
Katie Mack (Birmingham Phoenix)
Mack is used to high-pressure situations, with her bearing the pressure of leading the ACT meteors batting line up. However, The Hundred is a whole new pressure situation for someone who hasn’t played internationally. Opening the Birmingham Phoenix batting, Mack scored seven in her first match before the captain dropped her down the order for the second game. In the second game, she only managed three runs. However, Mack is a classy performer and will undoubtedly find a way to improve these scores going forward.
Georgia Redmayne (Welsh Fire)
After a massive WNCL season in 2021, there was a lot expected of the Australian batter going into The Hundred. While some runs have come in the first week, Redmayne and the Welsh Fire would prefer them to come a little faster. In her first match, Redmayne hit 16 from 17 balls, including two boundaries. Where in her second game, the scoring was even slower. She managed 15 from 20 balls in what is not good enough in a game that lasts only 100 balls. Redmayne needs to pick up her scoring rate in the next few weeks of the competition to remain competitive.
Amanda-Jade Wellington (Southern Brave)
It has been a solid start to the tournament without any fireworks for the leg-spinner. As the Southern Brave’s main spin threat, there is a lot of pressure on the 24-year-old. In her first match, Wellington provided one of the most economical spells of the competition. She bowled 11 dots in her spell of 0-10 from 20 balls. Wellington finally got on the wicket tally in her second game, taking an excellent 2-19 from 20 balls. Wellington is an incredible bowler and has managed to show those skills in The Hundred.
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