What is The Hundred? Cricket rules and format explained, fixtures, teams and final date

The second edition of The Hundred is in full swing as fans flock to some of England’s biggest cricket stadiums hoping for a summer afternoon or evening of sun and entertainment.

Sunny weather may not be guaranteed in this country but entertainment and drama in the latest format of cricket is sure to be on offer for those fans hoping to see some of the best cricketers in action in both the men’s and women’s game.

This year’s tournament began on August 3rd and will conclude on September 3rd at Lord’s when the finalists will battle it out for glory.

If you’re a Test cricket purist or a T20 fanatic and unsure what The Hundred is about then you’ve come to the right place The sports news walks you through everything you need to know.

What is the format and rules of The Hundred?

How many balls in The Hundred? The clue is in the name! Each team pitches 100 balls (compared to 120 in T20 cricket) and instead of six ball overs, there will be ten balls in a row from each team. The motivation behind this quirk is to speed up the game, which means that a game lasts no more than two and a half hours.

After a team has thrown 100 balls, they switch to batting and face 100 balls. The team that scores the most runs wins the match. Easy.

Bowlers can deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls, and a bowler cannot deliver more than 20 balls per game.

A 25-ball power play for each team occurs at the start of each inning, meaning two fielders are allowed off the initial 30-yard circle during the power play.

What teams and players are in The Hundred?

The Hundred features a men’s and women’s tournament, with eight teams from seven cities competing for the right to be crowned victors at the end of the month-long bonanza.

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In each edition, the teams play each other in the group stage of 32 home and away matches. Whichever team finishes first advances to the finals, while second and third place in the table go head-to-head in a single eliminator match to advance to the showpiece event.

Men’s teams and squads for The Hundred 2022

Birmingham Phoenix

Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Adam Milne, Benny Howell, Will Smeed, Chris Benjamin, Miles Hammond, Henry Brookes, Jack Leach, Matthew Wade, Kane Richardson, Tom Helm, Graeme van Buuren, Imran Tahir, Dan Mousley.

London spirit

Zak Crawley, Mark Wood, Glenn Maxwell/Josh Inglis, Eoin Morgan, Mason Crane, Dan Lawrence, Adam Rossington, Ravi Bopara, Brad Wheal, Kieron Pollard, Liam Dawson, Nathan Ellis, Jordan Thompson, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Chris Wood, Ben McDermott, Toby Roland-Jones, Jamie Smith.

Manchester Originals

Jos Buttler, Ollie Robinson, Phil Salt, Matt Parkinson, Tom Hartley, Tom Lammonby, Colin Ackermann, Wayne Madsen, Fred Klaasen, Calvin Harrison, Andre Russell, Laurie Evans, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dan Worrall, Sean Abbott, Richard Gleeson, Mitchell Stanley , Ashton Turner, Paul Walter.

Superchargers from the north

Adil Rashid, David Willey, Faf du Plessis, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Matthew Potts, John Simpson, Adam Lyth, Callum Parkinson, Dwayne Bravo, Wahab Riaz, Adam Hose, Roelof van der Merwe, Luke Wright, Jordan Clark, Michael Pepper , Ben Raine, David Wiese.

Oval Invincibles

Sam Billings, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Will Jacks, Sunil Narine, Jason Roy, Nathan Sowter, Reece Topley, Jordan Cox, Rilee Rossouw, Danny Briggs, Hilton Cartwright, Matt Milnes, Jack Leaning, Pat Brown, Mohammad Hasnain , Jack Haynes.

Southern Brave

Jofra Archer, Alex Davies, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Craig Overton, James Vince, Ross Whiteley, Quinton de Kock/James Fuller, Marcus Stoinis/Paul Stirling, Jake Lintott, Tim David, Joe Weatherley, Daniel Moriarty, Rehan Ahmed, Finn Allen, and Michael Hogan.

Trent missiles

Matthew Carter, Marchant de Lange, Lewis Gregory, Rashid Khan/Tabraiz Shamsi, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney, Joe Root, Colin Munro, Luke Wood, Luke Fletcher, Samit Patel, Sam Cook, Ian Cockbain, Tom Koehler-Cadmore.

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Welsh fire

Ollie Pope, Ben Duckett, Jake Ball, David Payne, Leus du Plooy, Ryan Higgins, Josh Cobb, Joe Clarke, Tom Banton, Adam Zampa, David Miller, Naseem Shah, Sam Hain, Jacob Bethell, Matt Critchley, Noor Ahmad, George scrimshaw.

Women’s teams and squads for The Hundred 2022

Birmingham Phoenix

Sophie Molineux, Sterre Kalis, Emily Arlott, Gwen Davies, Sophie Devine, Georgia Elwiss, Ria Fackrell, Phoebe Franklin, Kirstie Gordon, Amy Jones, Eve Jones, Ellyse Perry, Abtaha Maqsood, Issy Wong, Deepti Sharma, Davina Perrin.

London spirit

Beth Mooney, Amelia Kerr, Megan Schutt, Sophie Luff, Amara Carr, Freya Davies, Naomi Dattani, Charlie Dean, Danielle Gibson, Heather Knight, Alice Monaghan, Grace Scrivens, Jess Kerr, Natasha Wraith, Nancy Harman, Grace Ballinger.

Manchester Originals

Deandra Dottin, Amy Satterthwaite, Ami Campbell, Phoebe Graham, Georgie Boyce, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Cordelia Griffith, Laura Jackson, Hannah Jones, Emma Lamb, Lizelle Lee, Ellie Threlkeld, Grace Potts, Lea Tahuhu, Mahika Gaur.

Superchargers from the north

Hollie Armitage, Alice Davidson-Richards, Alyssa Healy, Bess Heath, Beth Langston, Katie Levick, Kalea Moore, Jemimah Rodrigues, Liz Russell, Linsey Smith, Laura Wolvaardt, Jenny Gunn, Lucy Higham, Heather Graham, Bethany Harmer, Rachel Slater.

Oval Invincibles

Lauren Winfield-Hill, Alice Capsey, Grace Gibbs, Danielle Gregory, Shabnim Ismail, Sophia Smale, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk, Mady Villiers, Aylish Cranstone, Emily Windsor, Eva Gray, Kira Chathli, Suzie Bates, Ryana MacDonald-Gay, Kirsti White.

Southern Brave

Tahlia McGrath, Georgia Adams, Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Sophia Dunkley, Smriti Mandhana, Tara Norris, Carla Rudd, Paige Scholfield, Anya Shrubsole, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Danni Wyatt, Jo Gardner, Freya Kemp, Ella McCaughan, Molly Strano.

Trent missiles

Meg Lanning, Mignon du Preez, Bryony Smith, Alana King, Katherine Brunt, Kathryn Bryce, Abbey Freeborn, Sarah Glenn, Nat Sciver, Marie Kelly, Sophie Munro, Alexa Stonehouse, Georgia Davis, Elyse Villani, Ella Claridge, Emma Marlow.

Welsh fire

Tammy Beaumont, Rachael Haynes, Annabel Sutherland, Fran Wilson, Alex Hartley, Fi Morris, Sarah Bryce, Hannah Baker, Lauren Filer, Katie George, Alex Griffiths, Nicole Harvey, Georgia Hennessy, Hayley Matthews, Claire Nicholas, Nicola Carey.

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Who won The Hundred last year?

Last year in the men’s edition, Southern Brave defeated Birmingham Phoenix at Lord’s as Brave recorded a score of 168/5 before quality bowling capped Phoenix to 136/5 in response.

In the women’s edition, Southern Brave also reached the finals but didn’t have the same success as they suffered a loss to Oval Invincibles. Invincibles finished with 121/6 off their 100 balls before sacking Brave for just 73.

The Hundred Fixtures and Final Date

Wednesday 3rd August – Southern Brave vs Welsh Fire

Thursday 4th August – Oval Invincibles vs London Spirit

Friday 5th August – Manchester Originals vs. Northern Superchargers

Saturday 6th August – Trent Rockets vs. Birmingham Phoenix

Sunday 7th August – Welsh Fire vs Oval Invincibles

Monday 8th August – London Spirit vs Manchester Originals

Tuesday, August 9 – Northern Superchargers vs. Trent Rockets

Wednesday 10th August – Birmingham Phoenix vs Southern Brave

Thursday, August 11 – Oval Invincibles vs. Northern Superchargers

Friday 12th August – Southern Brave vs London Spirit

Saturday 13th August – Manchester Originals vs. Trent Rockets

Saturday 13th August – Welsh Fire v Birmingham Phoenix

Sunday 14th August – Northern Superchargers vs London Spirit

Sunday, August 14 – Oval Invincibles vs. Southern Brave

Monday 15th August – Birmingham Phoenix vs. Trent Rockets

Tuesday 16 August – Manchester Originals v Welsh Fire

Wednesday, August 17 – Trent Rockets vs. Oval Invincibles

Thursday 18 August – Southern Brave vs Manchester Originals

Friday 19th August – Birmingham Phoenix vs Northern Superchargers

Saturday 20th August – Trent Rockets vs London Spirit

Sunday 21st August – Northern Superchargers vs Manchester Originals

Monday 22nd August – Welsh Fire vs. Southern Brave

Tuesday, August 23 – Oval Invincibles vs. Birmingham Phoenix

Wednesday 24th August – London Spirit vs Welsh Fire

Thursday, August 25 – Southern Brave vs. Trent Rockets

Friday 26th August – Welsh Fire vs. Northern Superchargers

Saturday 27th August – London Spirit vs Oval Invincibles

Sunday 28th August – Birmingham Phoenix vs Manchester Originals

Monday 29th August – Trent Rockets vs. Welsh Fire

Tuesday 30th August – London Spirit vs Birmingham Phoenix

Wednesday, August 31 – Northern Superchargers vs. Southern Brave

Wednesday 31st August – Manchester Originals v Oval Invincibles

Friday, September 2nd – Eliminator (The Ageas Bowl)

Saturday 3 September – Finals (Lord’s)

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