The Hundred: The Ultimate Guide To The 100-Ball Cricket Tournament & Special Betting Offers

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Cricket is evolving once again with the introduction of The Hundred competition. Check out our ultimate guide on the new competition, and also get involved with some special betting offers.

READ MORE: Check out our tips & predictions from The Hundred

If you are fans of the T20 format, then this is the tournament for you. If you are a traditionalist and think Test cricket is still the future, then you might not like this.

What Is The Hundred?

The Hundred is a new 100-ball competition hosted in England and Wales and is the brainchild of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

This new format is aimed to make cricket more enjoyable for families, with the games expected to be shorter and more exciting. Each game is scheduled to last less than three hours.

There is a men’s and women’s tournament, and you will witness some of the best players in the world swinging hard for the fences.

Each innings will consist of 100 balls being bowled. Bowlers can bowl spells of five balls or 10 balls, and no bowler can bowl more than 20 deliveries.

With the way the summer of 2019 has gone for cricket, now seems like the ideal time to really press home the spotlight that has been shone on the sport in recent months. With this in mind has come The Hundred, a game type that sees teams battle it out over the course of a 100 ball innings each, meaning it is 20 balls shorter than a T20, seeing this become the shortest format of the game.

The main important details of The Hundred are:

  • 100 balls per innings.
  • A change of ends after 10 balls.
  • Bowlers deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls.
  • Each bowler can deliver a maximum of 20 balls per games.
  • Each bowling side gets a strategic timeout of up to two and a half minutes.
  • A 25-ball powerplay start for each team.
  • Two fielders are allowed outside of the initial 30-yard circle during the powerplay.
  • Teams will be able to call timeouts.
  • A simplified scoreboard is also in operation.

The Big Players

Like the IPL, the Hundred Draft has put homegrown talent to the fore in the competition with a huge number of players utilised across the eight sides. While some will question why more homegrown talent was not used by the teams, it should be argued that those selected will get the chance to play alongside some of the world’s finest talent, with this experience invaluable to those players looking to break into the England side across any of the three formats.

Central Contract Stars

Across each of the eight teams, there is one ‘Central’ player who has a central contract with the ECB. The likes of England captain Joe Root, quick Jofra Archer, Headingley hero Ben Stokes and big-hitting Jos Buttler come under this category and they will add a very English core to the team, with their names along often enough to bring a big crowd. However, an over-reliance on these players is not advised as they will likely not be available for the whole tournament with their commitments to England something that will likely get in the way. While these stars can be leaned upon, they should not become the sole reason why a team is in the ascendancy.

Central Contract Stars: Joe Root (Trent Rockets), Jofra Archer (Southern Brave), Ben Stokes (Northern Superchargers), Jonny Bairstow (Welsh Fire), Sam Curran (Oval Invincibles), Jos Buttler (Manchester Originals), Rory Burns (London Spirit) and Chris Woakes (Birmingham Phoenix).

Tournament Structure

Eight city-based teams will compete over the school summer holidays between July and August. Each team will play four matches at home and four matches away meaning they play their closest rivals twice in a format very similar to the Big Bash, resulting in a total of 32 games in the league before the play-offs.

After these matches, the top four sides in the league go into the play-offs where the same system that is utilised in the IPL is going to be used. This will see the top two teams play one another with the winner progressing straight to the final, while the loser will get another chance to reach the final as they take on the winner of the teams that finished in third and fourth, meaning that a top-two finish is vital with an extra life on offer to either of the top two teams.

Where Can I watch The Hundred?

Cricket fans can watch every single match from The Hundred live on Sky Sports with their dedicated ‘The Hundred Channel’.

Sky Sports are pulling out all of the stops with their commentary team, with Andrew Flintoff, Rob Key, Nasser Hussain, Daren Sammy, Tammy Beaumont and Dinesh Karthik among the names involved.

All 68 games – 34 for each for the men and women – will be shown live on Sky Sports The Hundred as well as on Sky Sports Mix, while all women’s matches and a significant number of men’s games will be streamed live on the Sky Cricket YouTube channel.

The men’s and women’s finals will both be held at Lord’s on Saturday, August 21.

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