CHESTER cricketer Sophie Ecclestone has been confirmed to lead Manchester Originals in The Hundred with England star Jos Butler named as skipper of the men's side. 

For Ecclestone, 24, it’s a first captaincy role but one she is relishing after six years playing for her country in both Test and limited overs sides.

“I’m buzzing to be captaining Manchester Originals this year," she said.

"The Hundred is such a great competition to take part in and I can’t wait to lead the girls out at Emirates Old Trafford. 

"I like what we’ve done in the draft, we’ve got the makings of a world class side, and hopefully our fans will come out in their numbers as ever to cheer us on.”

The third year of The Hundred gets underway on Tuesday 1 August with a double-header at Trent Bridge – the first of 34 matchdays that promise high-octane men’s and women’s sporting action, live music, and a host of family-friendly entertainment.