The Hundred will not feature Jamie Overton and Richard Gleeson who have been ruled out of the competition due to injuries.
Despite being an England reserve last summer for their ODI series against Ireland, Richard Gleeson has suffered injuries over the past two years, and has made only two appearances for Lancashire since September 2019 owing to a stress fracture in his back. After bowling just one over in the opening match of the T20 Blast, he suffered further pain, which forced him out of the month-long event.
Surrey’s County Championship clash with his old club Somerset last week, however, resulted in Overton suffering a calf injury that confined him to four overs. Despite this, he was signed on a £48,000 deal by the club in February this year having discovered his form reinventing himself as a T20 finisher.
Manchester Originals have hired Dan Douthwaite and Calvin Harrison to replace both players, who were due to play for the club. With 15, Downthwaite was Glamorgan’s leading wicket-taker in the Blast this season, and he scored 203 runs at a strike rate of 153.78 in a finishing role quite similar to Overton’s.
The selection of Harrison in the Hundred is the latest step in a rapid rise for the leg-spinning allrounder. His only professional experience before 2021 was playing two T20 Blast games for Hampshire last year; he completed a psychology degree at Oxford Brookes University during the winter.
A confirmation of the signings is expected soon from the ECB.