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London Spirit

London Spirit
Personnel
CaptainDan Lawrence
(Men's team)
Heather Knight
(Women's team)
CoachTrevor Bayliss
(Men's team)
Ashley Noffke
(Women's team)
Overseas player(s)Nathan Ellis
Shimron Hetmyer
Andre Russell
(Men's team)
Grace Harris
Meg Lanning
Georgia Redmayne
(Women's team)
Team information
Colours   
Founded2019; 5 years ago (2019)
Home groundLord's
Capacity30,000
History
No. of titles0
The Hundred game wins16
(Men's team: 8)
(Women's team: 8)
Official websiteLondon Spirit

London Spirit are a franchise 100-ball cricket side based in North London. The team represents the historic counties of Middlesex, Essex and Northamptonshire in The Hundred,[1] which took place for the first time during the 2021 English and Welsh cricket season. Both the men's and women's sides play their home games at Lord's.

History

The announcement of the new eight-team men's and women's tournament series in 2019 was not without controversy, with the likes of Virat Kohli criticising the England and Wales Cricket Board for pursuing a shift away from Test cricket,[2] while others argued the format should have followed the established and successful Twenty20 format. The ECB however decided it needed a more unique format to draw crowds.

In August 2019 the side announced that former Australian spinner Shane Warne would be the men's team's first coach, while former Australia Women coach Lisa Keightley was appointed coach of the Women's team.[3]

The inaugural Hundred draft took place in October 2019 and saw the Spirit claim Rory Burns as their headline men's draftee, and Heather Knight as the women's headliner. They are joined by England One-Day captain Eoin Morgan and Essex's Dan Lawrence for the men's team, while Freya Davies joins Knight in the women's side.[4]

Honours

Men's honours

The Hundred

Women's honours

The Hundred

  • 4th place: 2021 (highest finish)

Ground

Lord's

Both the London Spirit men's and women's sides play at the home of Cricket, Lord's, in the St. John's Wood area of London. The women's side had been due to play at the home of Essex County Cricket Club, the County Ground in Chelmsford, and the home of Northamptonshire, the County Ground in Northampton but both teams were brought together at the same ground as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Current squads

  • Bold denotes players with international caps.

Women's side

No. Name Nationality Date of birth (age) Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batters
5 Heather Knight  England (1990-12-26) 26 December 1990 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm off break Captain
Cordelia Griffith  England (1995-09-19) 19 September 1995 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Meg Lanning  Australia (1992-03-25) 25 March 1992 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm medium Overseas player
All-rounders
3 Charlie Dean  England (2000-12-22) 22 December 2000 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm off break
17 Grace Harris  Australia (1993-09-18) 18 September 1993 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm off break Overseas player
27 Niamh Holland  England (2004-10-27) 27 October 2004 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm medium
28 Danielle Gibson  England (2001-04-30) 30 April 2001 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Wicket-keepers
Georgia Redmayne  Australia (1993-12-08) 8 December 1993 (age 30) Left-handed Overseas player
Pace bowlers
24 Tara Norris  United States (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 25) Left-handed Left-arm medium UK passport
44 Sophie Munro  England (2001-08-31) 31 August 2001 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Eva Gray  England (2000-05-24) 24 May 2000 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Spin bowlers
33 Sarah Glenn  England (1999-08-27) 27 August 1999 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Hannah Jones  England (1999-02-10) 10 February 1999 (age 25) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox

Men's side

No. Name Nationality Date of birth (age) Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batters
15 Zak Crawley  England (1998-02-03) 3 February 1998 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm off break
28 Dan Lawrence  England (1997-07-12) 12 July 1997 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm off break Captain
45 Daniel Bell-Drummond  England (1993-08-04) 4 August 1993 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Shimron Hetmyer  West Indies (1996-12-26) 26 December 1996 (age 27) Left-handed Overseas player
Ollie Pope  England (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 26) Right-handed
All-rounders
8 Liam Dawson  England (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 34) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
20 Matt Critchley  England (1996-08-13) 13 August 1996 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Andre Russell  West Indies (1988-04-29) 29 April 1988 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Overseas player
Wicket-keepers
17 Adam Rossington  England (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 30) Right-handed
19 Michael Pepper  England (1998-06-25) 25 June 1998 (age 25) Right-handed
Pace bowlers
38 Daniel Worrall  Australia (1991-07-10) 10 July 1991 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium UK passport
72 Nathan Ellis  Australia (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Overseas player
Richard Gleeson  England (1987-12-02) 2 December 1987 (age 36) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Olly Stone  England (1993-10-09) 9 October 1993 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm fast
Spin bowlers

Seasons

Women's team

Season Group stage Playoff stage Ref.
Pld W L T NR Pts Pos Pld Pos
2021 8 4 4 0 0 8 4th Did not progress [5]
2022 6 2 4 0 0 4 7th Did not progress [6]
2023 8 2 4 0 2 6 6th Did not progress [7]

Men's team

Season Group stage Playoff stage Ref.
Pld W L T NR Pts Pos Pld Pos
2021 8 1 6 0 1 3 8th Did not progress [8]
2022 8 5 3 0 0 10 3rd 1[a] 3rd [9]
2023 8 2 4 0 2 6 7th Did not progress [10]

Notes

  1. ^ London Spirit men qualified for the eliminator in 2022. They played one match, losing the playoff for the final against Manchester Originals by 5 wickets.

See also


References

  1. ^ "The Hundred: Team-by-team guides, coach details and venues". Sporting Life. 21 October 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  2. ^ sport, The Guardian (28 August 2018). "Virat Kohli gives ECB's 100-ball 'experiment' the thumbs down". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Shane Warne named as coach of Lord's Hundred team". The Guardian. 9 August 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  4. ^ "The Hundred: Central contract and local icon 'drafts' explained". ESPNcricinfo. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  5. ^ "The Hundred Women's Competition 2021". espncricinfo.com.
  6. ^ "The Hundred Women's Competition 2022". espncricinfo.com.
  7. ^ "The Hundred Women's Competition 2023". espncricinfo.com.
  8. ^ "The Hundred Men's Competition 2021". espncricinfo.com.
  9. ^ "The Hundred Men's Competition 2022". espncricinfo.com.
  10. ^ "The Hundred Men's Competition 2023". espncricinfo.com.

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