Essex, who won the domestic Twenty20 competition in 2019, have only two players in The Hundred.
The England Test captain and Afghanistan leg-spinner are team-mates at Trent Rockets.
The near 8,000 who turned up for night one represented the biggest ever UK crowd for a women’s match.
The leg-spinner is excited about the prospect of bowling 10 balls in a row when he turns out for Trent Rockets.
When they face off on Saturday the Yorkshire and England team-mates will be on opposite sides for the first time.
The former international skipper had previously called for the series to be cancelled unless families were allowed to accompany players.
Oval Invincibles followed up their women counterparts’ win on Wednesday with success of their own.
Oval Invincibles took victory in both the women’s and men’s openers.
The new tournament produced another thriller with the Invincibles following the success of their women’s team.
The visitors won by 103 runs at Beckenham to get their Royal London Cup campaign off to a flying start.
Parkinson has yet to make his Test debut but has impressed the Australian leg-spinning great.
The 100-ball tournament started with a thriller where Oval Invincibles won with two balls to spare.
Kate Cross was in scorching form for Manchester Originals.
The Oval Invincibles won after delivering a thrilling contest with the Manchester Originals.
Oval Invincibles got the better of Manchester Originals on a thrilling night at the Kia Oval.