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The cleverest fantasy players know that the key to success is not to focus on picking the ‘best’ players, but on finding those who will score you points – and for the cheapest price. The Hundred Fantasy Game rewards exactly that sort of analytical thinking, and in trying to dissect the points scoring, the best picks come to the fore.
For those fantasy players looking to cash in on the bonus points for batters scoring 30+ runs, then London Spirit captain Heather Knight draws the eye. In the 2021 season of the women’s Hundred, Knight passed 30 on five occasions, bringing her enormous international experience to the competition and turning out consistent returns. Her performance isn’t going to drop off – get her into your side. Similarly, for those looking to cash in on another reliable, consistent form of points – the bonus that comes with boundary fours – then Birmingham Phoenix’s Eve Jones is a great shout. She struck 34 boundaries last season, second only to Jemimah Rodrigues, and will be looking to match that again in the coming weeks. A more under the radar, bargain pick than some of the high-flying, high profile players.
Tash Farrant was the leading wicket-taker in the competition last year, and remains an excellent option, but Southern Brave’s Lauren Bell may be a more appealing buy for those on the look out for a bargain. Recently debuting for England, she’s a seamer on the rise and in another strong side down in Southampton, she could well be playing more games than others with the knockouts included. If you’re looking for the Bowled/LBW bonuses, then Kirstie Gordon has pedigree. The Birmingham Phoenix spinner targets the stumps more than anyone in the competition, with seven LBW / Bowled dismissals in the 2021 tournament. With the pace of Issy Wong at one end, Brum have a well rounded attack and are able to bowl Gordon to her ideal matchups – don’t be surprised if she repeats the trick in 2022.
In terms of a win for a single delivery, a batter’s biggest victory is a six – and Sammy-Jo Johnson was the best in show last year. She cleared the rope seven times in Trent Rockets colours, more than anyone else in the competition, with England’s Danni Wyatt nestled in second spot alongside Smriti Mandhana. The Indian left-hander will be a great option for anyone looking to back a consistent scorer, but expect her to be another popular and well-selected performer.
For those looking to focus on players involved as much as possible in the action, Dane van Niekerk could be a great pick. Last season she faced or delivered a total of 395 balls, the most of anyone in the competition – nobody else had a greater opportunity to score points. However, The Oval Invincibles skipper is a potential injury loss for the defending champions, so her selection comes with risk attached.