Davina Perrin, 15, joins Birmingham Phoenix as youngest player in women's Hundred

Graduate of ACE programme among final tranche of signings ahead of August tournament

Matt Roller
Matt Roller
Davina Perrin, in action for South East Stars, has been signed by Birmingham Phoenix  •  Getty Images

Davina Perrin, in action for South East Stars, has been signed by Birmingham Phoenix  •  Getty Images

Davina Perrin, a 15-year-old batter who is a member of the ACE elite programme, will become the youngest player involved in the Hundred this summer after signing for Birmingham Phoenix.
Perrin was part of the Central Sparks team that reached the final of the Charlotte Edwards Cup this year and has been involved in Ebony Rainford-Brent's ACE (African-Caribbean Engagement) programme since its roll-out in the West Midlands.
"It's a dream come true to have signed for Birmingham Phoenix this summer," Perrin said. "To have the opportunity to train and potentially play alongside the likes of Ellyse Perry, Sophie Devine and Amy Jones is amazing and I can't wait to get going."
Perrin was among a number of women's signings confirmed on Thursday as teams finalised their squads for the second season of the Hundred. Mahika Gaur, a 16-year-old seamer who has represented the UAE in 14 T20Is, has signed for Manchester Originals, while Natasha Wraith, Nancy Harman and Grace Ballinger will all join London Spirit.
Elsewhere, Beth Harmer and Rachel Slater have signed for Northern Superchargers while South East Stars' Ryana MacDonald-Gay and Kirstie White have joined Oval Invincibles, White as a replacement for the injured Tash Farrant. Trent Rockets have re-signed Ella Claridge and signed Emma Marlow, the Northern Diamonds allrounder, to complete their squad.
"Today is a really exciting moment as we confirm the squads for the second year of the Hundred," Sanjay Patel, the tournament's managing director, said. "It's great to see players like Richard Gleeson and George Scrimshaw being rewarded for impressive performances in the Vitality Blast, while we've got some exciting youngsters joining the women's competition with the likes of Davina Perrin and Mahika Gaur being signed up."
The men's Hundred starts on August 3, when defending champions Southern Brave play Welsh Fire, while the women's competition starts on August 11, after the T20 competition at the Commonwealth Games is complete.

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98