The Hundred League Overview

The Hundred
The Hundred
The Hundred is a 100-ball cricket tournament with eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams from major cities in England and Wales

The Hundred is a 100-ball cricket tournament with eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams from major cities in England and Wales. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is in charge of the tournament, which took place for the first time in July and August 2021.

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The rules were made with the idea that each match would take about two and a half hours. The BBC broadcast the competition for free, and you could watch all of the women’s matches and some of the men’s matches for free on the Sky Sports YouTube channel.

Almost all of the games are played back-to-back on the same day at the same venue. Both the men’s and women’s games can be seen with the same ticket. The men make four times as much as the women, but the prize money for the tournament is the same for both.


The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) first suggested in September 2016 that there should be a new city-based Twenty20 cricket league like the Indian Premier League.

After early talks between the 18 first-class counties, the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA), and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), 16 of the 17 clubs voted in favor of expanding the competition, while three opposed it. On April 26, 2017, the ECB members voted 38-3 to move forward with the new competition.

The ECB’s chief commercial officer, Sanjay Patel, first brought up the idea of switching the competition from the well-known Twenty20 format to a whole new type of cricket in a private meeting with top cricket officials in October 2017.

He said that the hundred ball format would be easier for people who don’t know much about the competition to understand.

Dani Hazell, who is the head coach for the Northern Superchargers and used to play for England, said that the tournament would help put money into the women’s regional structure and give domestic players an important chance to learn. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament had to be put off for a year.


One-hundred-ball cricket is a type of limited overs cricket. Two teams each play a single innings of 100 balls. Games last about two and a half hours.

The format of the game is:

  • 100 balls per innings.
  • After 10 balls, the ends will switch.
  • Bowlers throw either five or ten balls in a row.
  • Each bowler can throw up to 20 balls during a game.
  • Each team bowling gets a strategic break of up to 2 1/2 minutes.
  • Each team gets a 25-ball power play to start.
  • During the power play, two fielders can be outside the first 30-yard circle.
  • After a caught dismissal, the player who is not on strike must go back to their original end.
  • There are two runs and a free hit for every no-ball.
  • Slow over rates are punished by letting one less fielder out of the ring in the last over.

Tournament structure:

During the summer, when school is out, eight teams from cities compete. All of the men’s and women’s matches take place on the same day at the same grounds. There were 32 games in the league as a whole. Each team played four games at home and four games away. Each team played every other team once, plus a second bonus game against a team from the same region.

The teams that finish first in the men’s and women’s leagues go straight to the final. The second- and third-place teams will face off in the Eliminator, or semi-final, and the winner will move on to the final.

What are the match regulations?

The website for Hundred has a short blurb that explains what the game is about and who it is for: “Seven cities, eight teams, 100 balls. The Hundred will be played over five weeks during the school holidays. It will be a great way for families to enjoy cricket.

The ECB’s market research shows that two and a half times as many people identify with a city as they do with a county. Seventy-five percent of families said they like short games that end by 9 p.m., and 19 percent of people who don’t follow cricket said that the language of the sport is the biggest reason they don’t go to games. The tournament was made based on the answers to these questions.

Broadcasters do their best to make it clear which team is winning. So, when the first team bats, the scoreboard shows the number of runs scored and the number of balls faced (57 runs from 25 balls).

When the second team bats, the scoreboard shows the number of runs needed and the number of balls left (75 runs needed from 51 balls), and Sky also uses the WinViz equation (which shows the percentage chance of each side winning updated ball by ball).

The team in the field can call a two-minute timeout

Each team’s innings is made up of 100 balls, plus no balls and wides. There are five sets of 10 balls from each end. The captains decide if a bowler throws five consecutive balls or stays on to throw all ten. The bowlers can throw a maximum of 20 balls per innings, and they can throw two sets of five balls from the same end or from different ends.

Hawkeye’s decision review system is being used for the first time in domestic cricket in England. A “smart replay” system that automatically calls “no balls” is also being used for the first time (which result in a free hit).

One of the main goals of the Hundred is to finish games in two and a half hours, with the last one ending at 9 p.m., so that young families can go. The teams are always on the clock. Broadcasters have 50 seconds to switch from one end to the next.

The team in the field can call a two-minute timeout, during which the head coach can talk to the players about strategy. It’s not required, and it can only be called after 25 legal balls have been thrown. A 25-ball power play is when only two fielders are allowed outside the inner circle and the umpires say “five” instead of “over” when an over is over. They also hold up a white card when the first five balls from one end are out of play.

What are the names of the players’ teams?

The Hundred 2022 squads – men’s

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.

Northern Superchargers

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, Michael Hogan.

Trent Rockets

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 Kohler-Cadmore.

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.

The Hundred 2022 squads – women’s

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.

Northern Superchargers

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 Invincible

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, Kirstie 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 Rockets

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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