All eight teams pick 'Wildcard' players to complete their squad in The Hundred
The eight men’s teams on Saturday selected their Wildcard Draft picks to complete their squad line-ups for the inaugural edition of The Hundred – a 100-ball cricket tournament organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB).
With the Wildcard Draft being the last chance for the men’s teams to secure the final domestic player for this summer’s 100-ball competition, Northern Superchargers selected Durham allrounder Ben Raine as the first pick. Oval Invincibles chose to snap up Kent youngster Jordan Cox next, with seamer Sam Cook being selected third by Trent Rockets.
Here is the full list of Wildcard picks
• Northern Superchargers - Ben Raine (Durham)
• Oval Invincibles - Jordan Cox (Kent)
• Trent Rockets - Sam Cook (Essex)
• Southern Brave - Jake Lintott (Warwickshire)
• Manchester Originals - Fred Klaassen (Kent)
• London Spirit - Blake Cullen (Middlesex)
• Welsh Fire - Leus du Plooy (Derbyshire)
• Birmingham Phoenix - Dillon Pennington (Worcestershire)
Young players Blake Cullen (19), Jordan Cox (20), Dillon Pennington (22) and Sam Cook (23) are rewarded for excellent Vitality Blast campaigns whilst Jake Lintott’s remarkable journey into professional cricket continues with his selection by Southern Brave.
Having initially been drafted by Welsh Fire in 2020, Leus du Plooy returns to the squad as their Wildcard pick and Kent left arm seamer Fred Klaassen makes the journey to Manchester to play for the Originals.
"There were a few nerves flying around leading up to this because I think every cricketer in the country wanted to be in The Hundred. I thought I’d had a decent Vitality Blast with the ball so I was hopeful of getting a spot.
"Looking through our team there will be a real Northern feel to it which will be nice. There’s a lot of Durham lads that I’ve played with and Yorkshire lads I’ve played against so there will be a bit of familiarity. It’s a good sign for the amount of talent in the region and I’m very proud to be picked up by the Northern team.
"I’m excited to get going, it looks like a strong squad and one that can really compete,’ said Norhtern Superchargers’ first pick Ben Raine.