In a significant development, Perth Scorchers have finalised their squad for the upcoming Big Bash League by filling their remaining three slots with Adam Lyth, Stephen Eskinazi and Hamish McKenzie.
Regarded as one of the stalwarts in English circuit, Lyth has a plethora of experience, having played in the T20 leagues across the globe. The swashbuckling southpaw starred for the Northern Superchargers in the Hundred this season, amassing 299 runs at a stupendous strike rate of 175.88. Overall, the 35-year-old has garnered 4089 T20 runs in 166 appearances.
On the other hand, Eskinazi captains Middlesex in T20s and has slammed 1955 runs, including a hundred, in 61 innings in the shortest format. He plays regularly for Claremont-Nedlands during the Australian summer and hence has a fair idea about the conditions Down Under.
Promising left-arm wrist-spinner Hamish McKenzie completes Perth’s list off the back of impressive performances for WA’s second XI and Subiaco-Floreat. The Western Australia Cricket Rookie has taken 23 wickets at 15.22 across all formats. The 23-year-old can also contribute handy runs in the lower order.
Earlier, Perth had lost Mitchell Marsh, Laurie Evans and Phil Salt and therefore, they needed one local and two overseas signings to complete their squad.
Ashton Turner (C), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Cooper Connolly, Faf du Plessis, Stephen Eskinazi, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Peter Hatzoglou, Nick Hobson, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Adam Lyth, Hamish McKenzie, Tymal Mills, Lance Morris, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye
The Scorchers will play their first match against Sydney Sixers on December 17.
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English cricket’s brand new competition starts in the summer of 2020, and to add further excitement there’s a player draft in just a few short weeks, on Sunday October 20th.
The Hundred – an event in which eight city-based sides comprised of both England and overseas stars will compete.
There’s bound to be plenty of interest and excitement around the launch of such a bold initiative. The great and good of world cricket will be launching sixes for fun at the very heart of the English summer, to packed houses and rapt TV audiences.
Each team has been allocated an England Test star. Coaches include the likes of Shane Warne and Mahela Jayawardene. The Draft is thought to include talent of the calibre of Steve Smith, Chris Gayle and Mitch Starc. We can’t wait!
Here are the main pointers;
Eight city-based franchise teams – fielding both men’s and women’s teams
100 balls per innings
Change of ends after 10 deliveries
Individual bowlers deliver 5 or 10 consecutive deliveries, with a maximum of 20 balls per bowler per match
Each bowling side will have a strategic timeout of up to 2.5 mins that they can take
Manchester Originals (Old Trafford, Manchester)
Northern Superchargers (Headingley, Leeds)
Birmingham Phoenix (Edgbaston, Birmingham)
Trent Rockets (Trent Bridge, Nottingham)
Welsh Fire (Sophia Gardens, Cardiff)
London Spirit (Lord’s, London)
Oval Invincibles (The Oval, London)
Southern Brave (Ageas Bowl, Southampton)
When? Mid July to early September.
Format? Each team plays four matches at home, and four away. Local rivals will play each other twice.
When the cream has risen to the top, the top three sides go forward to finals day.
The Draft? Sun Oct 20th, televised LIVE
Latest prices? You bet!
Betfred’s traders have taken a wide-open, 5/1 the field view – ensuring terrific value for your particular fancy. Here’s the full list;
Northern Superchargers 5/1
Oval Invincibles 5/1
Southern Brave 11/2
Manchester Originals 11/2
Trent Rockets 6/1
Welsh Fire 13/2
Birmingham Phoenix 15/2
London Spirit 8/1
Stay tuned for more information about The Hundred over the coming weeks – and especially ahead of the Player Draft on Oct 20th.
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Carlos Braithwaite, do you remember the name? For most of those heading to the Manchester Originals clash against Birmingham Phoenix prior to attending, the answer would have probably been no. Their answer after the match? Most definitely yes.
It’s fair to say those who the Hundred are trying to attract aren’t likely to have known about West Indies all-rounder, Carlos Braithwaite, or his exploits in the 2016 International T20 World Cup final against England. Needing 19 to win from the final over, the explosive batsman hit four consecutive sixes to secure the World Cup in dramatic fashion.
Ringing out to millions worldwide, the words of former Windies pace bowler on commentary, Ian Bishop remain just as famous as the knock itself. Screaming down the microphone after the then 28-year-old hit his final maximum, “Carlos Braithwaite remember the name” provided the perfect description to one of the sport’s most iconic moments.
After a staggering career since the 2016 World Cup, Braithwaite is once again batting himself into the headlines in English cricket’s latest ‘big thing’, the Hundred.
Strolling out to the Old Trafford crease, with the Originals needing just three to win off a healthy 25 balls, Braithwaite found the ropes with his second stroke, to win the match for his new side.
A competition that has burst onto the scene in a similar fashion to Braithwaite’s playing style, the Hundred has so far been flashy, frantic, but also functional.
Many criticisms of the Hundred were made before it began, yet a week since it launched into our stadiums and onto our screens, English cricket has never looked healthier. It isn’t for the traditionalists, but it isn’t designed to be.
Those who are turned off by the fire cannons, DJ booths and ostentatious graphics, will in some way already be catered for, be that through the increased calendar of international test matches, or more localised County Championship fixtures. That’s exactly what has made the Hundred so good, it isn’t cricket as we know it.
Granted, there have been some questionable early choices made by the organisers, like the confusing decision naming the only side north of Nottingham and east of Leeds, the Manchester Originals, despite covering for the entirety of Lancashire.
Or the white piece of card the umpire rotates above their head to denote a change of bowler. But, they will no doubt evolve with the competition, or make more sense as we begin to better understand the new format.
What has made the Hundred so exceptionally good, is just how entertaining the matches have been. Barring the Birmingham Phoenix’s ill-fated knock against Manchester Originals, most of the fixtures have been tight affairs, with ties going to the wire.
South African captain, Dane van Niekerk’s winning boundary three balls from the end during the tournament’s opening match for the Oval Invincibles set the tone for what was to come.
England international, Jonny Bairstow hit 56 in the Welsh Fire’s first match, whilst Marchant de Lange became the first bowler to take a fifer during the Trent Rocket’s convincing victory over the Southern Brave.
All before, Alex Hales lead the Trent Rockets’ dramatic recovery from 58-6, to match the Northern Superchargers’ target of 133 in one of the tournament’s early stand out matches.
As the slogan the hundred cricket bettingThe Hundred ｜ An Off the Bat Reaction goes, “every ball counts” and so far it seems to be the importance placed on every delivery by a bowler and each stroke of the bat by a batter, that has excited viewers so much.
With a healthy blend of established international cricketers and promising gems from the domestic setup, the Hundred has struck gold early on.
Providing a platform for young home-grown cricketing talent to showcase their abilities on a global stage, can only bode well for England’s chances in not only the upcoming T20 World Cup, but in all white-ball formats going forward.
Boasting high-value entertainment, some of cricket’s most exciting names and equal emphasis on both the men and women’s competitions, the Hundred is rewriting the rules of short-format cricket in England and across the world.