The Hundred team-by-team guide to women’s competition: Key players, ones to watch, captains, coaches, best XIs, verdicts

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The Hundred is here. The ECB’s new 100‑ball women’s tournament starts on Wednesday when Oval Invincibles take on Manchester Originals.

Standard Sport takes a look at the eight teams going for glory this summer...

Birmingham Phoenix

Captain: Amy Jones

Coach: Ben Slater

Key player: Amy Jones. Brings more than a touch of class as keeper-batter-captain.

One to watch: Izzy Wong. Has pace to burn, and spearheads an exciting local bowling attack

Best XI: Verma, E. Jones, A. Jones (wk), Burns, Elwiss, Mack, Fackrell, Wong, Arlott, Maqsood, Gordon

Verdict: The late loss of Ellyse Perry is such a shame for the team and the whole competition, but the presence of Shafali Verma at the top of the order is a coup.

Will need the likes of Georgia Elwiss and Kirstie Gordon to step up.

Keep an eye on Abtaha Maqsood, the 22-year-old Scottish leggie, too.

London Spirit

Captain: Heather Knight

Coach: Trevor Griffin

Key player: Deandra Dottin. Does the lot, and well enough to build a team around.

Deandra Dottin (Getty Images)
Deandra Dottin (Getty Images)

One to watch: Grace Scrivens. Born in 2003(!), but bags of all-round potential

Best XI: Beaumont, Dottin, Knight, Sharma, Tryon, Dattani, Scrivens, Carr (wk), Dean, Davies, Munro

Verdict: With Beaumont, Knight and Dottin, there’s some real star power in this side.

Deepti Sharma and Chloe Tryon add depth with the bat. Is the bowling, led by Freya Davies, a little light? Trevor Griffin is a terrific coaching appointment.

Manchester Originals

Captain: Kate Cross

Coach: Paul Shaw

Key player: Sophie Ecclestone. One of two England left-arm spinners alongside Alex Hartley. Will be fiendishly tough to get away.

One to watch: Emma Lamb. The future of English batting? Has been in terrific form for Thunder, smashing a T20 century this month.

Best XI: Lamb, Lee, Kaur, du Preez, Boyce, Griffith, Threlkeld (wk), Ecclestone, Cross, Hartley, Jones

Verdict: There’s a lovely local core to the bowling attack, while the batting has a touch of class from around the world in Lizelle Lee and Harmanpreet Kaur.

Along with Mignon du Preez, they can help accelerate Lamb’s development even further.

Northern Superchargers

Captain: Lauren Winfield-Hill

Coach: Danielle Hazell

Key player: Laura Wolvaardt. What a joy it will be to have the South African’s languid drives lighting up the English game once more.

Laura Wolvaardt (Getty Images)
Laura Wolvaardt (Getty Images)

One to watch: Alice Davidson-Richards. Has gone well in domestic cricket this year, and is a much improved cricketer since playing for England

Best XI: Winfield-Hill, Wolvaardt, Rodrigues, Kimmince, Davidson-Richards, Kalis, Armitage, Langston, Smith, Graham, Levick

Verdict: Look batting-heavy, which may ask a lot of domestic bowlers.

If they stand up, it should be a strong side.

Oval Invincibles

Captain: Dane van Niekerk

Coach: Jonathan Batty

Key player: Georgia Adams. A domestic titan, pushing hard for higher honours.

One to watch: Alice Capsey. There is much excitement around the 16-year-old, with bat and ball.

Best XI: Adams, Bryce (wk), Wilson, Van Niekerk, Capsey, Kapp, Gibbs, Ismail, Farrant, Villiers, Gregory

Verdict: Three South African overseas add clout and class, while their English players have a bit to prove. Could make for a nice combo.

Southern Brave

Captain: TBA

Coach: Charlotte Edwards

Key player: Danni Wyatt. Returned to form with England against India, and looks well suited to an even short format.

One to watch: Amanda-Jade Wellington. The leggie has heaps of Big Bash experience, and is one of the few Aussies to make it over.

Best XI: Mandhana, Wyatt, S. Taylor, Dunkley, Bouchier, Shrubsole, Rudd (wk), Norris, Wellington, Bell, C. Taylor

Verdict: With Smriti Mandhana, Stafanie Taylor, Sophia Dunkley and Wyatt on board, there is a star-studded feel to Southern Brave, especially in the top order. But is the depth there?

Trent Rockets

Captain: Nat Sciver

Coach: Salliann Beams

Key player: Sciver. Is the key player in just about every team she represents.

Nat Sciver (Getty Images)
Nat Sciver (Getty Images)

One to watch: Sarah Glenn. Has shown what she can do with the ball for England, but this is an opportunity to showcase her batting ability too.

Best XI: Priest (wk), K. Bryce, Sciver, Graham, Kirk, Brunt, Johnson, Glenn, Freeborn, Graves, Higham

Verdict: Lots to like here. The Sciver-Katherine Brunt axis adds real ballast, while Rachel Priest is one of the tournament’s best imports as keeper-bat.

Glenn is another adaptable player providing balance.

Welsh Fire

Captain: TBA

Coach: Mark O’Leary

Key player: Hayley Matthews. A late call-up – but a fine player, in strong form.

One to watch: Sarah Taylor. Her comeback is a wonderful story. Will still be the best keeper on either side of the competition.

Best XI: Matthews, Smith, Taylor (wk), Luff, Redmayne, Hennessy, George, Cleary, MacLeod, Griffiths, Harvey

Verdict: Were hit very hard by Australian withdrawals, with Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy lined up to play, and Matthew Mott set to coach. Something of a reboot required, then.

Truth be told, they look light. Need Taylor to fire (pun intended), and for Katie George to prove her fitness to bowl. If she doesn’t, Piepa Cleary will be carrying a heavy load.

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