ondon is expected to take center stage at the inaugural The Hundred this summer, with the tournament’s opener, playoffs and finals all taking place in the capital.
The new ECB competition, delayed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, will begin with a historic women’s clash between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals at Kia Oval on July 21 and will end with men’s and women’s finals played consecutively in Lord’s on August 21, after the ‘Eliminator’ play-offs at the Oval the day before.
The other London franchise, London Spirit, begins its campaign in Birmingham Phoenix in Edgbaston on July 23, with London derbies scheduled for July 25 (Lord’s) and August 14 (oval).
A total of eight franchises will face off in the men’s and women’s events, with matches taking place daily during the four-week Championship phase, which culminates with London Spirit’s trip to Cardiff to face the Welsh Fire on the 18th. August.
Almost all matches will be played in double-headed, with both men’s and women’s teams playing in the same venue on the same day. The exception is on opening day, when the first match of the women’s tournament will be played as a stand-alone match – the first time a major mixed team sporting event has been kicked off with a women’s match in the UK. The men’s competition will start at the same location 24 hours later.
“Opening The Hundred with a stand-alone women’s match is a historic moment, not only for women’s cricket and cricket, but the sport more broadly,” said Beth Barrett-Wild, Head of Women’s Competition The Hundred. “The calendar truly embodies how The Hundred is a game-changer – putting gender balance at its heart and presenting men and women on the same platform, with the same scale of ambition from the start. . “
England spinner Mady Villiers has been confirmed as a new signing for the Oval Invincibles, having initially been slated to play for Nottingham-based Trent Rockets in last year’s postponed tournament, and could now bowling for his very first delivery.
“It’s pretty surreal to be in the first game, to be honest, and make history,” she said. Sport standard. “The first Hundred game alone, not to mention the men or women, so it’s going to be a pretty special day.
Villiers could organize the very first delivery of The Hundred
“We thank everyone involved, the ECB and the organizers, for giving women the platform that I think they deserve.
“We’ve kind of been on the back burner lately, so being pushed into having that opener is a real privilege and I hope it will be a good game to watch.
Villiers is currently on an English tour of New Zealand, where the country’s successful efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic have seen large crowds return to matches, much to the jealousy of cricket fans around the world.
“It was funny because before I came here I was really excited to be able to live a normal life, but then you realize that you are going to have to go back to England and have masks and social distances,” added Villiers.
“But it’s been good to have this dose of normalcy and I hope that with The Hundred things slowly start to get back to where they were, and we can have crowds and make it days for people.” and attract lots of people in and around cricket. “