Payment bands for female players next season will range from £7500 to £31,250
The ECB has more than doubled salaries for female players in the second season of the Hundred after the inaugural women’s competition broke records for attendances and TV viewing figures.
Women’s salaries ranged from £3600 (US$4800) to £15,000 (US$20,000) – with a captaincy bonus of £1200 (US$1600) – in the 2021 edition of the Hundred and while prize money for the men’s and women’s tournaments was equal, there was a stark disparity in wages with the lowest-paid male players earning 60% more than the highest-paid female players.
ESPNcricinfo can reveal that women’s salaries will increase by 108% across the board for 2022, ranging from £7500 (US$10,000) to £31,250 (US$41,500), with a £2500 (US$3300) captaincy bonus. Teams will have a £250,000 (US$330,000) purse to split across their 15-player squads, up from £120,000 (US$160,000), with the ECB’s total outlay on women’s salaries jumping from £960,000 (US$1.28m) to £2 million (US$2.66m).
“Salaries in the Hundred women’s competition have more than doubled ahead of the second year of the competition,” a spokesperson for the Hundred said. “We’re proud to be significantly increasing our investment in women’s salaries, we believe this is a step in the right direction as we grow the women’s game and are committed to our ongoing support of the Hundred women’s competition.”
The salary hike further increases the chances of the world’s best women’s cricketers appearing in the 2022 edition of the Hundred, after a raft of Australia internationals withdrew shortly before its first season due to quarantine requirements and restrictions on international travel. With the Commonwealth Games due to be staged at Edgbaston from July 29 to August 7, many leading internationals are likely to remain in the country for the Hundred.
The increase is particularly significant for the lowest-paid players in the tournament, several of whom had to take annual leave or ask for time off from their employers during the inaugural season. Kate Cross, the England seamer, told the Telegraph last year that “until those lower brackets are topped up, you could have some girls dropping out because ultimately it’s not worth their while with work”, but an increase in the bottom salary band to £7500 for a month’s work will make playing in the Hundred more financially viable.
Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98
Under-19 World Cup – Jacob Bethell’s 88, Rehan Ahmed’s four-for lift England to semi-finals
Meanwhile, West Indies, Zimbabwe post big wins in the Plate quarter-finals
England 212 for 4 (Bethell 88, Luxton 47*, Brevis 2-40) beat South Africa 209 all out (Brevis 97, Rehan 4-48) by six wickets
Bethell, the England opener, scored 76 of his 88 runs in boundaries as he peppered 16 fours and two sixes in his 42-ball innings. His blitz gave England a 100+ score in the powerplay, and even though he was the first man out in the 11th over, his innings allowed the rest of England’s batters to sail smoothly over the line. William Luxton, the No. 5, struck an unbeaten 41-ball 47 – including a six to win the game – after Bethell’s fall.
Bethell had already provided England with a flying start when he struck Matthew Boast for two fours in the opening over, but it was his dismantling of Boast’s second over that showed glimpses of how his innings was going to turn out. In the third over, he hit Boast for four boundaries in four balls – two pulls and two drives – and a straight shot for four through mid-on brought up his fifty in just 20 balls in the sixth over.
The Barbados-born Bethell, who is also England’s vice-captain, found the boundary in every single over that he was out there. He was also unafraid to play the unconventional reverse sweep and had a contribution of 83 by the time England’s opening stand crossed a hundred. His success allowed the other opener George Thomas, who faced much fewer balls in the partnership, to take it slow.
Asakhe Tsaka found the eventual breakthrough, breaking the 110-run opening stand with Bethell miscueing a shot to deep midwicket. Thomas was then run out for 19. Tom Prest, the captain, and James Rew then got tarts before being dismissed by lbws from Dewald Brevis. However, William Luxton extinguished all hopes for South Africa after he saw off the rest of the runs with his knock of six fours and two sixes, the last one a slog sweep over deep midwicket in the 32nd over to help England breach the 210-run target.
Even though Bethell’s innings at a 200+ strike rate expedited the win, England’s strong position in the contest was set up by their bowlers, led by Rehan’s four-for. He first had South Africa captain George Van Heerden top-edging a sweep before rattling Andile Simelane’s stumps with a yorker. He followed that up with Michael Copeland’s wicket to reduce South Africa from 117 for 3 to 136 for 5. He then returned in his final spell to take the tenth South Africa wicket to finish with 4 for 48.
England will now face either Sri Lanka or Afghanistan in the semi-final.
West Indies 317 for 7 (Nandu 128, Parris 64, Wickham 61*, Ray 3-43) beat Papua New Guinea 148 all out (Oru 27, Nandu 2-17, Thorne 2-30) by 169 runs
Nandu first put on a 155-run opening stand with Shaqkere Parris, who made 64, before following it up with a 107-run third-wicket stand with Kevin Wickham (61*). That took West Indies to 298 for 3. By the time Nandu fell in the 49th over, and despite losing five more wickets in the last ten balls of the innings, West Indies finished on an imposing 317 for 7.
The six West Indies bowlers then bowled PNG all out for 148, with extras (34) being the highest contributor in the chase. Aue Oru, the No. 6 was not out on 27 with six PNG batters finishing with single-digit scores. Nandu, high on confidence after his 128, then returned as the pick of the West Indies bowlers to take 2 for 14 in his six overs of offspin.
Zimbabwe 248 all out (Welch 78, B Bennett 54, Jarvis 3-46) beat Scotland 140 all out (Mackintosh 25, D Bennett 3-25, Mitchell 3-28) by 108 runs
Zimbabwe’s first-innings was set up by the 78 from opener Matthew Welch and the 54 that Brian Bennett scored from No. 4. Before his three-for, David Bennett scored a handy 41-ball 35, and despite a lower-order collapse, the hosts finished on 248. Welch, who scored seven fours and a six in his 117-ball stay, put on a 112-run second-wicket stand with Brian Bennett to lay the foundation in the Zimbabwe innings.
Scotland lost five wickets by the time they reached 102 in the chase. Mitchell then ran through the lower-middle order with his three scalps, and David Bennett cleaned up the tail to end Scotland’s challenge in the 39th over. Tomas Mackintosh (25) and Jack Jarvis (24) top-scored in Scotland’s 140.
Sreshth Shah is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @sreshthx
Recent Match Report – West Indies vs England 3rd T20I 2021/22
Banton, Salt battle for England but have no lasting answer to six-laden onslaught
West Indies 224 for 5 (Powell 107, Pooran 70) beat England 204 for 9 (Banton 73, Salt 57, Shepherd 3-59, Pollard 2-31) by 20 runs
Powell’s 10 sixes were breath-taking as he clubbed England’s bowlers into the stands time and again, particularly down the ground with one of his efforts being measured at more than 100 metres. He brought up his fifty with a crunching effort off Liam Livingstone over deep extra cover and his only nervous moments appeared as his century came within reach of just one more hammer blow during a tight start to Reece Topley’s final over. But, having brought up his hundred with a two-run punch to square leg, he freed his arms once more to pump the ball back over the bowler’s head and clear the ropes for the tenth time.
Also sitting out for England was an unwell Sam Billings, with Banton taking the wicketkeeping gloves, and Liam Dawson, who made way after Livingstone recovered sufficiently from the acid reflux problem which had kept him out of the first two games. Chris Jordan and Saqib Mahmood were left out as Tymal Mills returned to the attack.
Livingstone bowled a particularly expensive over, which went for 26 as he mixed up his leg-spin and off-spin to the right-hand left-hand combination of Powell and Pooran. But he had Shai Hope caught behind and took both catches to dismiss Pooran and Powell, the latter almost slipping through his fingers as he went to ground running in from long off. Garton had contributed to a bright start for England, having bowled Brandon King with a beauty on the top of off stump in the second over of the match in an excellent response to being struck for two boundaries within his first four balls. But then the Powell-Pooran main event began.
Banton, Salt step up
Jason Roy threatened at the start of England’s chase but when he, James Vince and Moeen all succumbed to some disciplined bowling and an improved performance in the field by West Indies, Banton stepped up to score a career-best 73 in his 12th T20I.
Playing on the island where had lived for six years as a youngster, Salt made the most of his chance, racing to his score off just 24 deliveries, including five sixes on a night when 31 in all were struck. With England needing 36 off the last six balls, Salt brought up his fifty with the first of back-to-back sixes off Shepherd, but he fell next ball, bowled round his legs and it was game over for England.
Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo
Injury-hit Sydney Sixers set to ask again for Steven Smith
The defending champions picked up further damage during the Challenger final
Sixers attempted to sign former skipper Smith for the entire finals series, only for CA to block the move after rival state associations raised objections. They tried again prior to Wednesday night’s Challenger final because Josh Philippe contracted Covid-19 but failed, having to send out assistant coach Jay Lenton instead.
Steve O’Keefe (calf), Jordan Silk (hamstring) and captain Moises Henriques (calf) suffered fresh injuries on Wednesday night, while Daniel Hughes (ankle) failed a pre-match fitness test. Philippe will miss the title-deciding clash with the Scorchers at Marvel Stadium.
Brothers Jack and Mickey Edwards will be on the final night of their isolation period, meaning they will also remain unavailable unless the Victoria government provide an exemption.
A glut of enforced omissions could potentially result in a CA rethink regarding Smith, who was expecting to be part of a limited-overs series against New Zealand that was ultimately postponed.
The issue is set to be discussed by powerbrokers on Thursday, when the depleted Sixers head south for their fifth title-deciding showdown with Perth.
Henriques, speaking to Fox Sports on Wednesday night, remained unsure whether he will be fit to face the Scorchers.
“I have no idea. It’s going to have to be a bloody bad calf for me not to play,” Henriques said. “Flight tomorrow won’t be amazing. We’ll see what happens. I’ll just hobble around like an old bloke. I’ve been doing that all year anyway.”
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