By News Team
Last Updated: 23rd July 2021
The hundred has left people scratching their heads and asking what is The Hundred in cricket? That’s because this is not just a new cricket tournament but a new format of cricket entirely.
What we hope to do here is provide you with an ultimate guide of The Hundred that contains all the information you’ll need such as dates, fixtures, when it starts, and who will be playing. Then when it comes to watching The Hundred you’ll be able to enjoy it without the confusion.
What is The Hundred?
The format is simple and has been designed to be as straightforward as possible in the hope of attracting a new audience to the game but essentially it can be boiled down to 100 ball cricket. Each side will have 100 balls against their opponents which will follow a T20 style of play in terms of sheer entertainment value, but the hope is that with even less balls to be bowled the entertainment value will only increase. The organisers of The Hundred will be hopeful of emulating the success of other franchise tournaments such as the IPL and Big Bash. Superstars from all over the world will travel to The Hundred’s eight cricket venues where The Hundred fixtures will be held over a short period of time such is the ferocity of The Hundred schedule. The tournament will comprise of eight teams strategically located around the country in order to maximise the possibility of people being able to see a game at their local ground. Read more about the rules for The Hundred here.
When and where does The Hundred start?
With such a packed summer of cricket it’ll be important to note The Hundred cricket schedule, and plenty will be asking when does The Hundred start? The simple answer is The Hundred gets underway with a start date of Wednesday 21st July when the Oval Invincibles and the Manchester Originals meet at The Oval. Fixtures will run regularly until the final which is due to be held on August 21st at Lord’s.
Which teams will play?
Now we’ve covered the organisational aspect of The Hundred we can move on to the fun bit where you may even decide to pick a team to support. Those participating in The Hundred are as follows:
- Birmingham Phoenix
- London Spirit
- Manchester Originals
- Super Northern Chargers
- Oval Invincibles
- Southern Brave
- Trent Rockets
- Welsh Fire
The Hundred latest odds
Heading into the start of the tournament as favourites, Southern Brave look to have a very strong side and have the firepower of Jofra Archer, amongst others, to call upon. They are priced at 5/1 whereas the Oval Invincibles are joint second favourites at 11/2. They share that honour with the Trent Rockets and both sides have the depth in their squads to justify their position in the market. Next comes the Manchester Originals at 6/1 and with the likes of Phil Salt in their ranks, they could pose a real threat. They are the same price as the Northern Superchargers, while Welsh Fire, Birmingham Phoenix and London Spirit round things off at 7/1.
It’s not hard to see why Southern Brave are favourites given the quality of their batting and William Hill have odds on who will top their batting charts throughout the tournament. Devon Conway is the 13/8 favourite, while James Vince, fresh off his maiden international century and one for his country Hampshire as well, is 15/8. South African Quinton de Kock is also fancied at 11/4.
The other sides in the competition have plenty in their ranks too, with Salt the market leader for the Manchester Originals at 15/8, while Jos Buttler is a 6/1 chance. Jason Roy heads the Oval Invincibles at 6/4, with Josh Inglis the same price for London Sprit. Alex Hales is 11/8 to be Trent Rockets’ top batsman, with Australian D’Arcy Short a 5/2 shot.
Overseas players Faf du Plessis (7/4) and Chris Lynn (2/1) are the favourites in the Northern Superchargers squad, while Jonny Bairstow is fancied at 5/4 to top the batting charts for Welsh Fire. Finally, Finn Allen (9/4) and big-hitting Liam Livingstone (9/4) are the market leaders amongst the Birmingham Phoenix.