Tom named as Local Icon for Welsh Fire

Somerset’s Tom Banton has been named as a Local Icon for Welsh Fire who will compete in The Hundred next season.

The eight team identities along with the Local Icons, initial England red-ball players and centrally contracted England Women players were revealed today.

Tom will be joined at Welsh Fire by England wicketkeeper/batsman Johnny Bairstow and former Somerset batsman Colin Ingram.

The two centrally contracted England Women are Katie George and Bryony Smith.

Also revealed is the identity and kit for Welsh Fire, which will feature Hula Hoops as its KP Snacks official Team Partner.

The men’s team, based at Sophia Gardens, will go head-to-head with stars from seven other teams in the competition, including England Test captain Joe Root – who has joined Trent Rockets – and England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan for London Spirit. Welsh Fire will also face England’s star bowler of the summer Jofra Archer as part of Southern Brave and all-rounder Ben Stokes in Northern Superchargers squad.

The women’s team, who will play at The Bristol County Ground and The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, will face off against England captain Heather Knight, skipper for London Spirit. Anya Shrubsole – Knight’s vice-captain for England – will join up with Danni Wyatt at Southern Brave. Nat Sciver will join Trent Rockets, alongside Katherine Brunt.

Of his Local Icon picks, Head Coach Gary Kirsten said: “After careful consideration we have decided to go with Colin Ingram and Tom Banton – a potential England star of the future.

“Tom Banton is a young up and coming player with one of the most outstanding performances in the Blast 2019. As a keeper he will bring balance to our squad and his high strike rate and appetite for runs make him a match winner at the top of the order.

“Equally we chose Colin Ingram for his experience and deep knowledge of short format cricket, having played around the world and tasted success. As one of the top performers of short format cricket in the UK over the last couple of years, he can adapt his game to any situation, is well liked and respected by his teammates and will play a leadership role within our team.”

Sanjay Patel, managing director of The Hundred said: “We are thrilled to share the line-up of amazingly talented England and domestic players who will be starring in the men and women’s competitions for The Hundred next summer. Our ambition is to inspire the next generation to pick up a bat and ball and we hope that a fire will be ignited in young people as they see their sporting heroes play in The Hundred.”

The final stage of the The Hundred Draft is set to provide an historic first for British sport when it is staged on Sunday, October 20. It will be broadcast live on Sky One and Sky Sports, with extensive coverage across the BBC.

The five-week competition will be played at the height of summer, starting July 2020, featuring eight new city-based teams from Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Southampton and two in London (Lord’s and the Oval).


Team Men’s Players Women’s Players
Birmingham Phoenix Chris Woakes (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Moeen Ali, Pat Brown (Local Icons) Amy Jones, Kirstie Gordon (England Women’s central contract picks)
London Spirit Rory Burns (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Dan Lawrence, Eoin Morgan (Local Icons) Heather Knight, Freya Davies (England Women’s central contract picks)
Manchester Originals Jos Buttler (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Saqid Mahmood, Matt Parkinson (Local Icons) Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone (England Women’s central contract picks)
Northern Superchargers Ben Stokes (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Adil Rashid, David Willey (Local Icons) Lauren Winfield, Linsey Smith (England Women’s central contract picks)
Oval Invincibles Sam Curran (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Tom Curran, Jason Roy (Local Icons) Laura Marsh, Fran Wilson (England Women’s central contract picks)
Southern Brave Jofra Archer (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Chris Jordan, James Vince (Local Icons) Anya Shrubsole, Danni Wyatt (England Women’s central contract picks)
Trent Rockets Joe Root (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Harry Gurney, Alex Hales (Local Icons) Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt (England Women’s central contract picks)
Welsh Fire Jonny Bairstow (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Tom Banton, Colin Ingram (Local Icons) Katie George, Bryony Smith (England Women’s central contract picks)

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