English quartet sign up for Oval Invincibles
Oval Invincibles have today announced that Georgia Adams, Tom Curran, Tash Farrant, and Reece Topley will be part of their men’s and women’s squads for the first season of The Hundred in 2021.
Tom Curran will be playing at his home ground alongside brother and fellow England international Sam who was retained by Oval Invincibles last month. Renowned for his death bowling ability in white-ball cricket, Tom has featured in high profile leagues across the world including the Big Bash and the IPL.
Tom Curran said, “I am thrilled to be playing for Oval Invincibles. I love playing at the Oval and it will be special to play in the first season of The Hundred at my home ground.
“I think The Hundred is an incredibly exciting competition and I’m really looking forward to it. We are building a strong squad with a number of local players which I hope will help us be successful next summer.”
Georgia Adams starred for Southern Vipers in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy this summer, leading the side to the trophy with over 500 runs including an incredible 154* in what was a breakout tournament for the Sussex-based batter.
Georgia Adams said, “I can’t wait for next year so we can finally get the long-awaited chance to compete in The Hundred. It will definitely be the spectacle of the summer and I’m particularly looking forward to playing a format of cricket where I can express myself as a batter and play expansive cricket.
“I’m excited about joining up with my teammates at Oval Invincibles and getting the opportunity to be based at one of the top cricket grounds in the country.”
Left-arm seamer Tash Farrant is no stranger to the Oval and the South East of the country - the England international captained the South East Stars in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and has been a key member of a very successful Kent side since 2012.
Tash Farrant said, “It’s great to know that I’m staying at Oval Invincibles for the first season of The Hundred. The women’s game continues to grow despite the wider challenges the entire sport is facing and next summer can’t come soon enough.”
Fellow England and Surrey seamer Reece Topley will be lining up alongside the two Curran brothers at the Kia Oval. Topley battled back from a series of injuries to feature for England in this summer’s Royal London Series against Ireland. The left-arm quick moved to Surrey in 2019 on a white-ball deal after spells with Essex, Hampshire and Sussex.
Reece Topley said, “It was a no brainer to stay at Oval Invincibles and I’m really pleased it has been confirmed. I’ve got some good memories of playing at the Oval already and I’m looking forward to creating some more in The Hundred next summer.”
The newly confirmed quartet join Rory Burns, Sam Curran and Fran Wilson at Oval Invincibles ahead of the first season of The Hundred in 2021.