The hugely anticipated second instalment of (The) Hundred officially kicked off this week with the eight teams assembling this summer's teams in the auction, our opinion, Oval Invincibles, not a chance unfortunately (what do we know), and now its time for arguably the second-best limited overs competition in the world to get underway.
The Chertsey Premier League (affectionately known as the CPL) is back for its sixth year, and this time its got a little Hundred magic sprinkled on it, as for one year only, the CPL becomes... CPL100. How, what, why i hear you ask? Well in homage to the 100 Years at Grove Road centenary celebrations, the CPL will be adopting the exciting and fresh Hundred format for one year. One hundred years, one hundred balls. See what we did there.
The CPL100 auction will be held on Saturday 30th April post friendly games at the club, so join us for the carnage. The name's not the only thing that's new though - to make things a bit interesting the teams have all been given a £10m bonus to play with making the war chest £30m plus. Plus? So depending on where they came in last year's tournament they get an extra, one, two, or three million virtual pounds to play with. We have a feeling it could finally be your year Bourne Stars..
The CPL also has also had a bit of change in personnel in the off-season, and we have some fresh new captains to introduce you to who have already got out the blocks firing believe me, furiously trying to out-do each other negotiating this year's transfer deals and looking to send each other to man the pirate ship come Finals Day. Here are your new captains:
Bourne Stars - Jack Lloyd
Gogmore Knights - Jamie Anthony
Meads Enforcers - Luke Westcott
Harry Nuti continues at the helm of the (Grove) Armada.
That's not all. We also have some new team sponsors and some new swizzy kit en-route - Meads Enforcers will be sponsored by Addlestone Therapy, Gogmore Knights backed by Lloyd O'Sullivan, Bourne Stars propped up by Surrey Timbers, and will The global consortium that is Grove Armada are looking to impose their status with not one but three sponsors... all TBC. Keeping it close to their chests, we like it.
Look out for the hashtag #onehundredyearsonehundredballs to stay in the loop with all the CPL100 news.