Essex players retained in the Hundred


Mady Villiers (Oval Invincibles), Dan Lawrence (London Spirit), Sam Cook (Trent Rockets) and new signing, Matt Critchley (Welsh Fire) have all been retained by their respective clubs in the 2022 edition of The Hundred.

The 100-ball competition is set to commence its second year on August 3 at the Ageas Bowl. Today’s deadline day sees all eight men’s and women’s teams reveal which players from last year’s inaugural competition they are keeping hold of for 2022.

Over 150 men’s and women’s players from 2021 have been retained by their teams, including 28 centrally contracted England players and 19 international names confirmed so far.

Matt Critchley in action for the Welsh Fire

Matt Critchley in action for the Welsh Fire

What Happens Next?

The eight sides will now turn their attention to planning which new players they want to sign up to strengthen their line-ups this year.

The men’s squads will fill their remaining slots at The Hundred Draft on 30 March, where they will take turns to pick from domestic and international cricketers expected to sign up. London Spirit will have the first pick followed by Welsh Fire and Manchester Originals. Welsh Fire will be the busiest side during The Draft, with seven slots to fill, including three overseas spots.

New signings, both domestic and overseas, will be announced by the women’s side on the same day, including any England women’s players who have signed for a new team in 2022.

For the first time, both men’s and women’s sides will be able to select an additional fourth overseas player for their squad in an overseas Wildcard Draft in June. Teams will still only be able to field three overseas players in their playing XI.

Sam Cook was signed as a Wildcard pick by the Trent Rockets

Sam Cook was signed in the Vitality Wildcard Draft by the Trent Rockets in 2021

The women’s teams will be finalised through the open market signing process, which concludes at the end of June, giving domestic players plenty of motivation to catch the eye during the Charlotte Edwards Cup. The men’s squads will be finalised in early July with the domestic Wildcard Draft pick.