YORK-born cricket star Lauren Winfield-Hill is one of two players to have confirmed that they will play for the Northern Superchargers in the 2021 version of The Hundred.

The new cricket competition was set to launch this summer though, with an emphasis on getting large domestic attendances, this was delayed until next year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the next three months (until the end of January), each of the competition’s eight teams will be able to retain players from their men’s squads while teams are also able to retain and sign players for their women’s squads.

A draft will be held in early 2021 to allocate the remaining players for the men’s squads.

On the news of her retention, Winfield said: “I can’t wait to get going for the Northern Superchargers.

“Even though the inaugural year of the competition has been delayed it’s still going to be hugely exciting.

“It will mean a lot to me to play for a team so linked to my home city, on such a big stage, and I think every player involved in the competition is just raring to get going.”

England talisman Ben Stokes will also be staying with the Superchargers next year, it was confirmed.

Stokes said: “I can’t wait to play in The Hundred and try to bring the trophy up north.

“It’s good to be confirmed for the first season and we’ll see how many of our squad we keep over the next few months because it was filled with some seriously good cricketers.

“The standard of the whole competition is going to be amazing so bring it on.”

Elsewhere, Yorkshire’s Joe Root was confirmed as remaining with Trent Rockets while England’s white-ball vice-captain Jos Buttler will stay with the Manchester Originals.