Cumbrian-Born Cricket Star Signed Up To Play New ‘The Hundred’ Competition

By Rachael Grealish

Cumbrian-born cricket star, Jordan Clark, has been signed up to play in The Hundred – a new 100-ball cricket competition.

Thirty five men’s players have been revealed after being chosen out of more than 500 overseas and English players vying for a place in the competition – including Cleator’s own Clark.

The 30-year-old announced his achievement on social media saying he is ‘very humbled and excited’ to be part of the competition set to kick off this summer.

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Alongside this, a further eight English and eight Australian star women’s players have also been announced.

Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, David Warner, Kagiso Rabada and Tom Abell are the top five men’s picks in The Hundred Draft to fill the remaining 35 spaces in the Men’s squads.

Manchester Originals were the busiest team, signing 10 players – as well as Pooran and Rabada, they also drafted Harry Gurney, Jamie Overton and Shadab Khan amongst others.

Other England stars signed up include Ravi Bopara going to London Spirit, Olly Stone joining Northern Superchargers, and Saqib Mahmood being picked up by Oval Invincibles.

The eight teams have now filled all but one place in their Men’s squads – they each have one Vitality Wildcard pick each to fill the final slot in June.

Men’s competition features three of world’s top five male international T20 batters and four of top five male bowlers.

Players are being signed on an individual basis by the eight teams in the women’s competition, with no equivalent Draft event and 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.

The Hundred Draft featured 252 overseas players and 254 domestic players vying for the remaining places in the men’s teams.

Teams will continue to fill their squads over the coming months.

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 August 21.