Eleanor Threlkeld has been drafted to play for the Manchester Originals for this year’s Hundred tournament.

The Lancashire wicket keeper, who was born in Knowsley, joins county colleagues Emma Lamb and Chester’s Sophia Ecclestone in the squad line up. With her batting prowess, the selection suggests she will once again be an all rounder option for the Old Trafford based team.

Former Originals player Kate Cross has moved up north to the Northern Superchargers whilst Laura Wolvaardt has crossed the Peninnes, from Yorkshire to make Old Trafford her home for the tournament. Lancashire fans will know all about her batting, as she hit an unbeaten 90 in The Roses clash to win player of the match.

Northern sides have still to make an impact in the latest format, the 2021 and 2022 finals both featured Southern Brave and the Oval Invincibles.

In the Men’s draft, the Originals were able to keep hold of star batters Jos Buttler and Phil Salt. Last years winners, Trent Rockets, will once again rely on Dawid Malan, but they have bolstered the batting line-up with the Tom Kohler-Cadmore as their wicketkeeper batsman as their round one pick.

Ben Duckett, Enlgand’s star man in recent tests, was sought after by several teams. He was picked up by the Birmingham Phoenix who will be looking to Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone, to fire them to their second final and potentially to the trophy.

The tournament will begin on August 1st with some selections still to be made. The rest of the picks will be done on an open market basis across the summer.

The men’s teams will also have picks available for the two wildcard slots in their side, based on the success of players not chosen, in the T20 blast. One of the big omissions so far this year will be Pakistan’s star cricketer, Babar Azam, who has yet to be chosen. He has been accused of showing a lack of commitment with his nation touring Afghanistan.