The second annual 100 ball cricket tournament is set to return on August 3rd, with faster paced cricket than ever before in the most family friendly format.

Here’s your ultimate guide to The Hundred with all the information you need, from dates and fixtures, to when it starts and who will be playing.

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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. Another key change is the removal of the six-ball over, with the change of ends happening after 10 balls instead, and a change of bowler allowed after either five or 10 consecutive balls.

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 comprises 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 3rd August when the Southern Brave and the Welsh Fire meet at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton. Fixtures will run regularly until the final which is due to be held on September 3rd 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

Following last year’s inaugural tournament win at Lord’s, Southern Brave head into the tournament as favourites this year. They are priced at 3/1, with James Vince once again leading them out as captain. The Birmingham Phoenix are priced a close second at 5/1, with The Hundred’s top scorer from last year Liam Livingstone ready to ramp up the team. Next come the Trent Rockets at 11/2, closely followed by the Oval Invincibles and the Manchester Originals at 6/1 each. Welsh Fire are hot on their heels at 7/1 with the betting rounded off by London Spirit and the Northern Superchargers at 8/1. The games are all to play for though, as anything could happen in just the second airing of the tournament.

Southern Brave seem the obvious favourites following their success last year, with top quality batting from the likes of James Vince and Tim David, they will certainly be the ones to watch. Hailing from Hampshire, captain James Vince is favourite at 13/10 to be his side’s top batsman. Also in contention are second favourite Quinton de Kock at 7/4 followed closely by Tim David at 10/3.

The other sides in the competition have plenty of firepower in their ranks too, and after winning the group stage of the competition last year, Birmingham Phoenix will fancy their chances. With the likes of Liam Livingstone and Matthew Wade, they are sure to put on a show. Unsurprisingly, Liam Livingstone is favourite to be top batsman at 11/4, with Somerset’s Will Smeed also fancied at 10/3.

Joe Clark (14/5) and Ben Duckett (10/3) are the favourites to top score in the competition from the Welsh Fire squad, while Ben McDermott is fancied at 13/8 to top the batting charts for London Spirit. South African Rilee Rossouw leads the market for the Oval Invincibles at 2/1 with Jos Buttler the odds-on favourite for the Manchester Originals at 8/11. The Northern Superchargers have Faf du Plessis (7/4) and Adam Lyth (5/2) as their favourites for top batsman heading into the tournament, while finally the Trent Rockets have top contenders with the likes of Alex Hales at 6/4 and Dawid Malan at 12/5.

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