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With the second season of The Hundred in full swing, it is time to turn our minds back to the inaugural season of the new 100-ball competition and look back at the biggest and best numbers of the competition.
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With such a busy cricket calendar, it seems almost a lifetime ago that the Oval Invincibles women’s team and the Southern Braves men lifted their respective titles at Lord’s on August 21 last year.
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Ahead of the second edition of The Hundred, take a look at some of the stars to watch in this year’s competition
Ahead of this year’s Hundred, take a look at some of the international stars competing
Southern Brave’s Jake Lintott And Alex Davies Lift The Hundred Trophy During The Men’s Final Of The Hundred At Lord’s, London. Picture Date: Saturday August 21, 2021. See Pa Story Cricket Hundred
In 2021, the male player to push himself into the stratosphere was Liam Livingstone of the Birmingham Phoenix. England topped the international run-scoring table with 348 runs – a hundred more than anyone else – and hit more sixes than any other player.
Livingstone also scored the highest individual score in the men’s competition with a total of 35 fifties.
Initially a total unknown quantity, the average score batting first in the men’s competition was 143, and spinners proved more profitable – giving away 136 runs per 100 balls, in contrast to seamers who gave away 150 runs per 100 balls. The highest total in the competition – and the only team to reach 200 – was the Northern Superchargers’ 200–5 against the Manchester Originals at Leeds.
Probably 23 captains won the toss and decided to bowl first. In the end, 12 matches were won by batting first, 19 by batting second and two ended in no result.
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The leading wicket-takers in the men’s competition proved to be a mixture of pace and mystery, with wildcard selection Jake Lintott being a particular hit.
In the women’s competition, overseas players contributed four of the seven highest run-scorers, but Sophia Dunkley also impressed, staking her claim for a berth in England’s T20 opener, which is now in her Have it.
Australian Sammy-Joe Johnson hit the most sixes with seven, followed by Smriti Mandhana and Danny Watt with six each. As in the men’s competition, a player has made it into the 90s with 22 fifties with the bat.
The highest wicket-taker in both competitions was Tash Farrant, who helped the Oval Invincibles to the title before unfortunately being ruled out with a back stress fracture that has so far ruled him out of England’s 2022 summer.
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Marijan Kapp saved her best for the final, returning a tournament-best 4-9 for women in the final to help secure the win for her team.
The average score batting first in the women’s competition was 123, with Braves’ highest score of 166–3 against Welsh Fire in Southampton. Only nine captains chose to bat first, while 24 chose to bowl, winning 13 matches batting first and 19 batting later.
With one season of the competition over – and now with more focus on topics such as range-hitting, bowling variations and match-up studies – it will be interesting to see how the teams approach the second year of The Hundred and find out Month-long cricket festival ends, prestige of players increased
Cricket has always been a complex game. From 1979–80 we had four, five and eight ball overs at different times, after which six ball overs became the norm. And now we have The Hundred, a set of five balls that can be extended to 10, with a maximum quota of 20 balls for each bowler. Hundred Games has an average runtime of around 150 minutes, which is the length of a standard Bollywood film, with drama to boot.
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At a time when cricket should have simplified itself to find more global appeal, The Hundred continues to play with the mind. The talk of how T20 or ODI can revolutionize cricket is already gaining momentum. But instead of jumping to conclusions, let’s discuss the highlights of the new league as its first week draws to a close.
It was a great move to introduce a new format with the women’s game – a thriller between the Invincibles and Manchester Originals at the Oval. With equal prize money and similar branding for both men’s and women’s teams, The Hundred is already setting new goals for the women’s Big Bash and the Indian Premier League in particular.
The standard of cricket has also been top class. If South Africa’s Dane van Niekerk closes it off with his all-round prowess in the opening game (16 off just 15 balls followed by 56 off 42 balls), there will be a flurry of brilliant performances, especially Off spin bowling. Birmingham Phoenix’s slow left-armer Kirsty Gordon was a revelation with her 3/14 against the Originals, while Scottish Abataha Maqsood showed more promise after taking 2/14 in the same match. Harmanpreet Kaur (Originals) has also made encouraging starts but Northern Superchargers’ Jemimah Rodrigues has been hitting the right notes with scores of 92 (vs Welsh Fire) and 60 (vs Trent Rockets).
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Here’s the thing about T20 cricket: If there is a shift from featherweight to turner, the format could be quite exciting. Just ask Matt Parkinson, who took 4/19 in Origin’s six-wicket win at home against Birmingham Phoenix. It was that ball, a leg-break that pitched outside Chris Cook’s leg stump and stretched across square to hit the top of his off, that caused an outcry in the English press. But there has also been much criticism of the pitch at Old Trafford, with Ben Stokes alleging it with the tweet: “A terrible wicket at Old Trafford”.
Cut to Monday, where on a dry but good Nottingham pitch, Stokes lofts one off off-spinner Matthew Carter while trying to clear extra cover. By providing very little movement in the arm or off the pitch, spinners make it very difficult to stroke. But that’s The Hundred, a short powerplay (25 balls) and a raider who can easily get to 10 in five balls if the skipper wants to keep the pressure on. And with the edge changing every 10 balls (or two sets of five), the only way to stop the batsman from striking is to take runs.
As a result, the bowlers have a distinct edge. Now consider the opposite, where a bowler is beaten for two consecutive boundaries and struggles to find his length. A traditional set takes one ball less and the bowler knows he has a better chance of getting out of it with the least amount of damage.
Interestingly, both the ODI (Gillette Cup) and T20 format (T20 Blast) originated in England due to the need to keep the game relevant to the public as well as the sponsors. Both were born out of necessity, first discarded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and cricket boards such as India and Australia before becoming money-spinners.
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Perhaps there was no need to complicate a well-known format like T20, which has already become a promotional vehicle for many lower-level cricket playing nations. Especially since T10 has been around for a while. If T10 is eventually approved, the viewing time for cricket could be reduced to 75 minutes less than football, making it a competitive option in the global market.
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Hundred T20s, on the other hand, are somewhere between T20s and T10s, a slightly different version with the tagline “Every ball counts”, which will take some time for audiences to warm up to. The ECB is banking heavily on this. Not competing with the success of the IPL or the Big Bash, this looks to be another catch-up attempt by the English board.
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