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Tymal Mills and Reece Topley drafted for The Hundred

Reece Topley and Tymal Mills have been selected in the first ever draft in British sport's history.

Former Hadleigh cricketer Topley and Mildenhall cricketer Mills were selected by two of the new eight teams in The Hundred competition.

Polstead-raised Topley, 25, was the seventh pick of the new Oval Invincibles side and has secured a £60,000 contract for the professional cricket tournament in England and Wales, run by the ECB and starting in July 2020.

Reece Topley signs for SussexPicture: Sussex Cricket (19797223)
Reece Topley signs for SussexPicture: Sussex Cricket (19797223)

The left-arm seamer – who is currently without a domestic contract having turned down an offer from first-class Sussex earlier this month – has emerged as a Twenty20 specialist having been Sussex's leading wicket-taker in 2019's T20 Blast.

Topley played for Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship side Hadleigh Cricket Club as a youngster before moving up to first class cricket.

Oval Invincibles, which represents Surrey and Kent, also chose Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Jason Roy, Sunil Narine, Sam Billings, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rilee Rossouw, Hardus Viljoen, Fabian Allen, Alex Blake, Will Jacks, Chris Wood, Nathan Sowter and Laurie Evans.

Meanwhile left-arm fast bowler Mills, an already established England Twenty20 international, was selected by Southern Brave, the team that represents Hampshire and Sussex.

Mildenhall VWitham cricket action.Mildenhall's Tymal Mills.. (19797235)
Mildenhall VWitham cricket action.Mildenhall's Tymal Mills.. (19797235)

The Sussex cricketer, 27, was educated at Mildenhall College Academy and has also turned out for Suffolk in the National Counties – formerly Minor Counties – since 2010; he last competed for Suffolk in the 2019 Unicorns T20 Championship.

He was also drafted in the £60,000 salary band and will take part in the inaugural competition next summer which will see each team bat and bowl 100 balls.

The key elements of the new white-ball game for 2020 will be:

  • 100 balls per innings
  • A change of ends after ten balls
  • Bowlers deliver either five or ten consecutive balls
  • Each bowler can deliver a maximum of 20 balls per game
  • Each bowling side gets a strategic timeout of up to two and a half minutes
  • A 25-ball powerplay start for each team
  • Two fielders are allowed outside of the initial 30-yard circle during the powerplay