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The Hundred - Cricket: Five stars of the tournament

The Hundred champions are crowned at Lord's on Saturday and there have been some fine individual performances during the league stage of the tournament.

We've picked out five players who have caught the eye in the men's and women's Hundred this season, beginning with a batter aiming to help Trent Rockets to victory in the men's final this weekend.

Dawid Malan - Trent Rockets Men

Dawid Malan spent more than a year at number one in the ICC's Twenty20 international batting rankings at the start of his England career and he has shown his class in this season's men's Hundred.

Openers Malan and Alex Hales helped Trent Rockets win six of their eight games, topping the table and earning a place in Saturday's final, and the England left-hander heads to Lord's in good heart after scores of 58 and 59 in his last two innings.

Malan set the tone for the Rockets' campaign with brilliant unbeaten knocks of 88 and 98 in successful run-chases against Northern Superchargers and Manchester Originals, hitting nine sixes in the win over the Originals.

Young openers Will Smeed (Birmingham Phoenix) and Will Jacks (Oval Invincibles) scored the first two centuries in Hundred history while Adam Lyth played some terrific innings for the Superchargers but Malan's quality and consistency made him the standout batter in the league.

Smriti Mandhana - Southern Brave Women

There were some impressive openers in the women's Hundred too, with South Africa's Laura Wolvaardt and Australia's Beth Mooney passing 200 runs for the Superchargers and London Spirit.

However, India's Smriti Mandhana gets the nod for her destructive hitting at the top of the order for Southern Brave, scoring 178 runs off 104 balls as the Brave won their first five matches of the tournament.

With opening partner Danni Wyatt also in great touch, Mandhana had licence to attack bowlers from the off and she was clearly full of confidence after scoring 61 off 32 balls against England in the Commonwealth Games T20 semi-final at the start of August.

Her Hundred knocks included 46 off 25 balls and 57 not out off 31 and she will be eager to make a similar impact in the playoffs.

Sunil Narine - Oval Invincibles Men

Mystery spinner Sunil Narine has been bamboozling batsmen for more than a decade in Twenty20 franchise leagues around the world and he maintained his usual high standards in The Hundred this summer.

The Trinidad & Tobago maestro took 11 wickets in six appearances for Oval Invincibles Men and conceded just 121 runs from his 120 balls in the 100-ball competition.

His best display came in a tense three-wicket win over the Superchargers at The Oval, where he stifled the opponents' dangerous middle-order, taking 3-11 from 20 deliveries and conceding just one boundary.

Alana King - Trent Rockets Women

Like Narine, Australia leg-spinner Alana King showed magnificent control throughout her campaign for Trent Rockets Women, cranking up the pressure on opposing batters by going for just 93 runs from 110 deliveries in six matches.

King made her international debut at the end of January and she has already won the Ashes, the 50-over World Cup and a Commonwealth Games gold medal with Australia.

Her Hundred debut was entirely in keeping with her stellar 2022 as she claimed 4-15, including a hat-trick, to help the Rockets bowl out the Originals for 76 at Old Trafford.

England medium-pacer Emily Arlott was excellent for Birmingham Phoenix, taking nine wickets in six games with a miserly economy rate, and Alice Capsey, who smashed 25 not out off just eight balls on her 18th birthday to help Oval Invincibles beat the Superchargers, looks a star in the making.

Samit Patel - Trent Rockets Men

Plenty of talented youngsters have come to the fore during the first two seasons of The Hundred but, as Malan and Narine demonstrated this summer, experience is invaluable in the shortest format.

Samit Patel played his first Twenty20 match for Nottinghamshire in 2003, earning an England ODI debut in 2008, and the 37-year-old all-rounder is still delighting fans at Trent Bridge.

Patel's batting took a back seat this year but he has played a key role with the ball during Trent Rockets' run to the final. The slow left-armer started the campaign by taking 2-12 from 15 balls in a win over the Phoenix while his illustrious fellow spinner Rashid Khan finished with figures of 0-39 in 20 deliveries.

In company with South Africa turner Tabraiz Shamsi, Patel has put the skids on the Rockets' opponents in the middle overs and the veteran ended the league stage of The Hundred with 10 scalps, taking a wicket every 12.5 balls on average.

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