Coaches Tom Moody and Jonathan Batty oversee a sparkling array of talent at the Kia Oval with Georgia Adams, Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk leading a star-studded women’s team and Sandeep Lamichhane, Saqib Mahmood and Sunil Narine at the helm. ‘an impressive male outfit. ..
Last update: 07/18/21 10:14 am
No team at The Hundred has a bigger name to live up to than the Oval Invincibles. Take a closer look at what makes the Oval outfit such a force to be reckoned with …
Women’s team (overseas players in bold)
Georgia Adams, Megan Belt, Sarah Bryce, Alice Capsey, Tash Farrant, Jo Gardner, Grace Gibbs, Eva Gray, Danielle Gregory, Shabnim Ismail (South Africa), Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Rhianna Southby, Dane van Niekerk (South Africa), Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson
Men’s team (foreign players in bold)
Sam Billings, Alex Blake, Rory Burns, Jordan Clark, Jordan Cox, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Laurie Evans, Brandon Glover, Colin Ingram (South Africa), Will Jacks, Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Saqib Mahmood, Sunil Narine (West Indies), Jason Roy, Nathan Sowter, Reece Topley
Invincible vs originals
July 21, 2021, 6:00 p.m.
Coaches: Oval pillar Jonathan batty was the natural fit to step in as a women’s coach once Lydia Greenway chose to take on a broadcast role with Sky – the former wicket keeper complementing her existing role as head coach of Surrey Women. The male part will be guided by the formidable presence of the Australians Tom moody, whose CV includes World Cup and IPL success.
Stadium: The Oval Kia
Male star players: Sandeep Lamichhane, Saqib Mahmood, Sunil Narine … There’s an embarrassment to beat riches at the Oval, but the bowling options are truly enticing. No one has risen more sharply lately than Saqib Mahmood, who has not only added a meter of pace, but these days he’s got a lot of us as he has shown streak numbers of 9-123 in the three ODI against Pakistan. Expect Nepalese leggie Lamichhane to hit the English scene after making T20 cricket headlines around the world and his partnership with legendary spinner Sunil Narine has every chance to tie up the hitters of the opposition.
Star female players: Georgia Adams, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk… to name just three. Adams has scored points for fun the past few seasons, topping the charts at last summer’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and leading Southern Vipers to the title. The versatile Kapp is a force to be reckoned with, with bat and ball, having scored over 3,000 international races and taken nearly 200 wickets for his native South Africa. Equally prolific is Kapp’s wife Van Niekerk – her leg rotation has claimed 194 lives and nearly 4,000 international races.
How far can the women’s team go? They’re called the Invincibles for a reason, right? Expect the oval to be a fortress with the rhythm of Shabnim Ismail bolstering Protea’s power in the camp. There’s also an impressive pinch of English talent, led by ever-impressive spinner Mady Villiers, who scored 3-10 earlier this year against New Zealand. Add in the experience of internationals Tash Farrant – back on the scene and eager to leave after a spell – and Fran Wilson, and it’s hard not to support them.
Invincible vs originals
July 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m.
How far can the men’s team go? Losing Rory Burns’ pledges to test might not hurt as much as dismissing Sam Curran, whose reputation as a short-lived match winner in either discipline makes him one of the most popular properties on the planet. A strong contingent of Brown Caps, including Jason Roy, Laurie Evans and Will Jacks, will be bolstered by natural finishers like Sam Billings and Colin Ingram. The team is undoubtedly littered with ridiculous talent – the question to be answered is, will this ability come together and make an unbreakable team?
The Hundred begins with a women’s match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals at the Kia Oval on Wednesday, July 21, with the men’s competition starting a day later at the same venue.
Sky Sports will broadcast all 68 games live – 34 women and 34 men – while all the women games and a significant number of the men games will be streamed live on the Sky Cricket YouTube Channel.