Heather, Dani and Sophia retained for The Hundred

Heather Knight, Dani Gibson and Sophia Smale have joined the likes of Rashid Khan, Ellyse Perry, Hayley Matthews, Jos Buttler, Nat Sciver-Brunt and Haris Rauf amongst the players retained by The Hundred teams on Deadline Day ahead of the fourth year of the competition.

Teams in the men’s competition are able to retain up to 10 players, and teams in the women’s competition can retain up to eight.

Heather and Dani will once again represent London Spirit, whilst Sophia will take to the field for Oval Invincibles once more.

Across both competitions, 137 players have been retained in total, meaning 75 spots remain to be filled at The Hundred Draft powered by Sage.

The Hundred Draft, powered by Sage, will take place at The Shard on Wednesday March 20th, live-streamed from 5.30pm on thehundred.com, YouTube and TikTok. Each team will take it in turns to select domestic and overseas players to complete their squads.

Northern Superchargers men’s team – under the new leadership of England legend Andrew Flintoff – will have the first pick.

In the women’s competition, Birmingham Phoenix – who have retained both Ellyse Perry and Sophie Devine – will be the first side choosing.

Across both competitions, England stars Amy Jones, Dawid Malan and Jason Roy, as well as a host of international players, will be up for grabs. The full line-up of players available to sign in The Hundred Draft will be confirmed on Monday March 4th.

The Hundred’s fourth year gets underway at The Kia Oval on Tuesday 23 July with an Oval Invincibles v Birmingham Phoenix double-header – the first of 68 games that promise world class men’s and women’s sporting action, live music, and a host of family-friendly entertainment.

A record 580,000 fans were in attendance across The Hundred last season, including over 300,000 in the women’s competition. The Hundred’s blend of high-quality sport and entertainment saw 41% of all tickets sold to families, 23% to juniors and 30% to women.

From March 13-27 there will be an exclusive window open to buy tickets for fans who have previously attended The Hundred. There will be a priority window open from April 9-23 April for all fans who sign up in advance at thehundred.com.

The general sale period begins from 25 April.

Tickets prices are set at £5 for juniors aged 3-15 (free for under 3s) and adults starting from £11.

All games will again be live on Sky Sports and BBC broadcast and digital channels throughout the competition.