WHITCHURCH'S Eve Jones says she is hoping to more than emulate her first season of the Hundred with extra runs and a Lords visit as she prepares for 2022's edition.

The 30-year-old, who plays for Whitchurch when her franchise commitments allow, was the surprise package for Birmingham Phoenix in the inaugural Hundred last year, with the highlight a unbeaten 52 in a 10-wicket win over Welsh Fire.

And now the left-hander is waiting to start her campaign with a trip to Cardiff next week, in a tournament and format she says has been a shot in the arm for the women's game.

"I've had a few games with the Central Sparks and it's been busy playing 20/20s and there's two warm-up games in Southampton against Southern Brave," she said.

"I've got a couple of days to get packing and then it's all go on Tuesday with a first game a week on Saturday down in Cardiff against Welsh Fire.

"The first year of the Hundred was personally amazing – there was a lot of good that came out of it, especially for the woman's game and helped put it on the map even more.

"For me personally, I thought I did really well and it's the pinnacle of cricket for a lot of the regional players because it gave them the chance to perform on the big stage and it's so prominently covered.

"Hopefully I can build on last year and go out to perform again –hopefully I can rediscover last year's form.

"But also from a team perspective, we want to improve again so we can make that final at Lords.

"We've got the team to do it – we've got some amazing overseas players in Australian Ellyse Perry and India's Deepti Sharma and a great captain in Sophie Devine so hopefully it'll be a good few weeks for us.

"But it'll be highly enjoyable as well, both on and off the field."

Jones, who has coached in Whitchurch and Ellesmere, says she is hopping to carry her form into the new season.

She added: "The season so far has gone quite well – we had the T20 competition first and I finished fourth in the runs scored, so that's not too bad.

"I got a lot of starts but didn't quite kick on but I suppose that is the nature of T20 cricket.

"I played in a couple of games last week against Pakistan, for their Commonwealth warm-ups, and I managed to find the middle of the bat which was nice.

"I'll be ready to go next weekend."