Hollie Armitage signs for Northern Superchargers; Katie Levick stays

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Allrounder Hollie Armitage has become the first woman cricketer to swap teams for the inaugural season of The Hundred that is set to happen next year. Armitage, who was contracted with Oval Invincibles until before its postponement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has signed for Northern Superchargers. The Superchargers have also retained the services of leg-spinner Katie Levick.

The 100-ball competition which was scheduled for the summer 2020 start was postponed to next year. "I love being up north - there’s no better place to be playing cricket and I can’t wait to get started," Armitage, who was a part of the Northern Diamonds in the recently concluded Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, said about the signing.

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The 23-year-old felt that the tournament would play a central part in the growth of women's cricket. “There’s been a lot of publicity around The Hundred, and I think it will be great - both on and off the field. In terms of the format, there will be tactics that remain the same as T20 and some new innovations as well.”

Levick, who too played a crucial role in the Diamonds' campaign this year said that it was a no-brainer for her to join Superchargers. “With the women’s competition set-up, the power has gone to the players in a sense, and we got the option to stay on. The Superchargers were my first-choice last year. To get that secured really early on is great," she said.

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“I was excited for the first competition this summer just gone, and it was only a global pandemic which derailed it. I can’t wait for next year. It will be a fantastic spectacle for everyone." Levick said that the franchise had a balanced squad last year, adding, "hopefully, we carry as many players over as possible because we’ll have a great chance of success.”