The Hundred Draft 2022: Who’s Made The Best Moves In The Player Auction?

Love it or hate it, the ECB’s white-ball franchise tournament is back this year for its second edition. The Hundred was set up as England and Wales’ answer to the glitz and glamour of cricket leagues such as the IPL or Big Bash and did a great job in opening up the game to a new audience, as well as improving representation 

Thankfully, it also produced some standout performances and hugely dramatic games for fans to sink their teeth into. With The Hundred Draft taking place and squads being confirmed ahead of the tournament’s kick-off on August 3, SinkorSwimSports takes you through who’s moved where, and who might be the ones to watch out for. 

The Hundred Draft Explained

Unlike tournaments like the IPL, The Hundred 2022 draft took place behind closed doors a whole day before all retentions were announced on April 5.

Teams were able to retain up to 10 of their 15 players from last year’s competition, with all those not retained and all of the other hundreds of players playing domestically under the ECB eligible to be picked up in the Hundred draft. 

Players also have base salaries they have set that teams had to match in their vacant spots. The bottom-ranked side in 2021 (London Spirit) got the first pick, the seventh-placed team (Welsh Fire) second, and so on. Here are all the signings confirmed from The Hundred 2022 draft. 

2022 London Spirit Signings

Men’s

  • Kieron Pollard (overseas)
    Liam Dawson
    Riley Meredith (overseas)
    Jordan Thompson
    Daniel Bell-Drummond
    Chris Wood

Women’s

  • Beth Mooney (overseas)
    Amelia Kerr (overseas)
    Megan Schutt (overseas)
    Sophie Luff

2022 Welsh Fire Signings

Men’s

  • Joe Clarke
    Tom Banton
    Adam Zampa (overseas)
    David Miller (overseas)
    Naseem Shah (overseas)
    Sam Hain
    Jacob Bethell

Women’s

  • Tammy Beaumont
    Rachael Haynes (overseas)
    Annabel Sutherland (overseas)
    Fran Wilson
    Alex Hartley
    Fi Morris
    Sarah Bryce

2022 Manchester Originals Signings

Men’s

  • Andre Russell (overseas)
    Laurie Evans
    Wanindu Hasaranga (overseas)
    Sean Abbott (overseas)
    Daniel Worrall

Women’s

  • Deandra Dottin (overseas)
    Amy Satterthwaite (overseas)
    Ami Campbell
    Phoebe Graham
    Grace Potts

2022 Northern Superchargers Signings

Men’s

  • Dwayne Bravo (overseas)
    Wahab Riaz (overseas)
    Adam Hose
    Roelof van der Merwe
    Luke Wright

Women’s

  • Jenny Gunn
    Lucy Higham

2022 Oval Invincibles Signings

Men’s

  • Sunil Narine (overseas)
    Rilee Rossouw (overseas)
    Danny Briggs
    Hilton Cartwright (overseas)
    Matt Milnes
    Jack Leaning

Women’s

  • Lauren Winfield-Hill
    Aylish Cranstone
    Emily Windsor
    Eva Gray
    Kira Chathili

2022 Trent Rockets Signings

Men’s

  • Tom Kohler-Cadmore
    Colin Munro (overseas)
    Ian Cockbain
    Luke Fletcher

Women’s

  • Meg Lanning (overseas)
    Mignon du Preez (overseas)
    Bryony Smith
    Alana King (overseas)
    Marie Kelly
    Sophie Munro
    Alexa Stonehouse
    Georgia Davis

2022 Southern Brave Signings

Men’s

  • Quinton de Kock (overseas)
    Rehan Ahmed
    Joe Weatherley
    Dan Moriarty

Women’s

  • Tahlia McGrath (overseas)
    Georgia Adams
    Jo Gardner
    Freya Kemp
    Ella McCaughan

2022 Birmingham Phoenix Signings

Men’s

  • Matthew Wade (overseas)
    Olly Stone
    Kane Richardson (overseas)
    Matthew Fisher
    Graeme van Buuren

Women’s

  • Sophie Molineux (overseas)
    Sterre Kalis

What Did We Learn From The Hundred 2022 Draft? 

The 2022 Hundred Draft was dominated by sides throwing their money toward high-potential domestic players, rather than flashy overseas players that usually dominate these white-ball franchise tournaments. With teams aware of availability issues that might come about from the international calendar, big names like Aaron Finch, Babar Azam, and Mohamad Amir were all passed by, but that hasn’t stopped this edition of The Hundred still look like one of the most stacked tournaments in the sport. 

Our Early Hundred Predictions

Out of all the sides entering The Hundred 2022, the Welsh Fire looks like the early winners from the auction to us. The team looks set to enter the competition with a top-six batting order of Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, David Miller, and Ollie Pope, which could be halfway decent in giving the scorers some work to do. 

The additions of Adam Zampa and the always exciting Naseem Shah also address some of the problems the team had with the ball in 2021. Expect the Welsh Fire to make the biggest leap up the table of any side this year. 

Alongside them, the retention of Quinton de Kock has helped Southern Brave once again look like one of the teams to beat in the men’s game. A favourite with most cricket betting picks before the 2021 tournament, the reigning champs look imperious again coming out of the 2022 Hundred draft. 

We like the additions of Matt Fisher and Matthew Wade at Birmingham Phoenix, and picking up Danny Briggs on top of the already-impressive level of domestic talent should also make the Oval Invincibles a good shout for the playoffs in 2022. 

The Northern Superchargers looked like they were more interested in fostering a retirement home than a title-winning side, with Dwayne Bravo, Wahab Riaz, Roelof van der Merwe and Luke Wright all over the age of 36 – but their strong base should be enough to keep them above the wooden spoon spot, which we’re once again giving to Eoin Morgan’s London Spirit

You can check out all of the confirmed Hundred squads here.