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The Hundred. Cricket like never before. Are you ready?

The-Hundred

The Hundred is coming to a cricket ground near you – Summer 2020

Innovative, exciting, explosive, uncharted, rebellion, all words to describe the English answer to the T20, a game developed by the Brits but which has become a global phenomenon.

Australia, South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan have created commercially viable tournaments but none more so than the Indian Premier League (IPL). To give an idea of the scale of this behemoth in 2015 the IPL contributed eleven billion rupees to the GDP of the Indian economy. A staggering tournament which in global broadcast rights stakes is second only to the Premier League (English Football) and The NFL (American Football).

The Hundred you would think would have a lot to do to catch up with the T20 brand, however, this new innovative game is positioned to be inclusive, aimed at the younger generation of non- cricketers aiming to inspire the next Ben Stokes or Jofra Archer to take up this global game. This is highlighted in two ways, firstly the tournament will be played throughout June and July (UK summer holidays) to allow the greatest amount of families to attend and secondly will be free to air on the BBC making the new competition accessible to those who are unable to attend live games.

In brief The Hundred will be played across 7 cities, with 8 franchises of both men & women. Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, London (two teams), Manchester, Nottingham and Southampton. Innings will last 100 balls and take just over an hour to complete.

Birmingham Phoenix Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Pat Brown Amy Jones, Kirstie Gordon
London Spirit Rory Burns, Dan Lawrence, Eoin Morgan Heather Knight, Freya Davies
Manchester Originals Jos Buttler, Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone
Northern Superchargers Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Willey Lauren Winfield, Linsey Smith
Oval Invincibles Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Jason Roy Laura Marsh, Fran Wilson
Southern Brave Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, James Vince Anya Shrubsole, Danni Wyatt
Trent Rockets Joe Root, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt
Welsh Fire Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Colin Ingram Katie George, Bryony Smith

On 20 October, the remaining places in the 15-man squads will be filled via a full draft – West Indies opener Chris Gayle and Australia batsman Steve Smith are among those to have made themselves available for the tournament.

Trent Rockets will select first in the draft, following a random draw, and teams are allowed a maximum of three overseas players. The draft will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website.

There are seven set salary bands, with up to two players to be picked at each of the following levels: £125,000, £100,000, £75,000, £60,000, £50,000, £40,000 and £30,000.

New competition. New rules.

All you traditionalists brace yourselves for some rebellious revelations.

  • It’s 100 balls per innings. Whoever scores the most runs wins.
  • The fielding side change ends after 10 balls.
  • Bowlers deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls. The captain decides.
  • Each bowler can deliver a maximum of 20 balls per game.
  • Each bowling side gets a strategic timeout of up to two and a half minutes.
  • The coach can walk out to the middle of the ground and discuss tactics with their players mid game.
  • A 25-ball powerplay for each team.
  • Two fielders are allowed outside of the initial 30-yard circle during the powerplay. A match of The Hundred will last two and a half hours.

Register your interest today to be a part of this exciting new tournament!

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Stokes’ summer!

As the dust settles from the heavy roller we can reflect on an amazing summer of cricket.

Firstly, let’s not underplay the significance of England winning their first Cricket World Cup. To witness an English win in any World Cup is something truly remarkable and as many of us were not alive when we won the 1966 World Cup at Wembley and didn’t make the trip to Sydney to see the RWC in 2003 this is probably, but hopefully not, a once in a lifetime occasion. I’ve seen some great sporting events over the years but this was all the more amazing because England made it as hard as possible losing seemingly simple group matches to leave themselves requiring back to back victories against Australia and India to progress. The Final was possibly the greatest EVER game of cricket. All the pre-tournament hype was about the run fest we would have, could anyone hit the magic 500 off 50 overs. In the end it was far more exciting, a tense low scoring final which brought the bowlers back into the game. Never has a match see-sawed from no hope to almost certain victory so many times and that was before we got into the drama of the Super Over. I’m delighted that so many Engage clients were able to access the game and I am sure their guests will be eternally grateful for the experience as I certainly am.

The summer had only just got started and after a brief first test match with Ireland at Lord’s it was head long into the Ashes. The series has had so many twists and turns with the next session always seeming the most pivotal and will be remembered in my mind for three things; Steve Smith’s return to Test cricket and his incredible form throughout the series, Jofra Archer’s spell at Lord’s on Saturday afternoon when he upped the pace and struck Smith ruling him out of the third test and by doing so prevented him breaking even more records; and finally Ben Stokes, the hero of the World Cup Final, delivering one, if not THE best ever innings to win the third test. It was a sensational knock which started with gritty determination and ended with destructive hitting unlike anything we have seen in the fourth innings.

As with all good stories there was the perfect ending with England winning the fourth test in unbroken sunshine to tie the series at the Kia Oval.

 

Engage guests enjoying their ICON Club hospitality at Lord’s & the Kia Oval this summer.

 

Register your interest to join us in 2020:

England v West Indies Test series

Thu 4 -Mon 8 June – 1st Test v West Indies Kia Oval 11am

Fri 12-Tue 16 June – 2nd Test v West Indies Edgbaston 11am

Thu 25-Mon 29 June – 3rd Test v West Indies Lord’s 11am

England v Australia IT20 series

Fri 3 July – 1st IT20 v Australia Emirates Riverside, Durham 6.30pm

Sun 5 July – 2nd IT20 v Australia Emirates Old Trafford 5pm

Tue 7 July – 3rd IT20 v Australia Emerald Headingley 6.30pm

England v Australia ODI series

Sat 11 July – 1st ODI v Australia Lord’s 1pm

Tue 14 July – 2nd ODI v Australia Ageas Bowl 1pm

Thu 16 July – 3rd ODI v Australia Bristol County Ground, Bristol 1pm

England v Pakistan Test series

Thu 30 July-Mon 3 Aug – 1st Test v Pakistan Lord’s 11am

Fri 7-Tue 11 Aug – 2nd Test v Pakistan Emirates Old Trafford 11am

Thu 20-Mon 24 Aug – 3rd Test v Pakistan Trent Bridge 11am

England v Pakistan IT20 series

Sat 29 Aug – 1st IT20 v Pakistan Emerald Headingley 5pm

Mon 31 Aug – 2nd IT20 v Pakistan Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 2.30pm

Wed 2 Sept – 3rd IT20 v Pakistan Ageas Bowl 6.30pm

England v Ireland ODI series

Thu 10 Sept – 1st ODI v Ireland Trent Bridge 12.30pm

Sat 12 Sept – 2nd ODI v Ireland Edgbaston 12.30pm

Tue 15 Sept – 3rd ODI v Ireland Kia Oval 12.30pm

 

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England Cricket Summer Review

England v Pakistan Cricket World Cup Hospitality

This Summer has proven to be not only one of the warmest on record but also one of the most productive for an England Cricket team in a long while. Engage’s Nicholas Gibbens takes a look back at the Summer of 2018.

England v Pakistan

England were off to a sluggish start against Pakistan back in May, when at Lord’s, Home of Cricket they were beaten comprehensively within 4 days by a margin of 9 wickets.

A lot of soul searching was needed after a below-par winter in Australia and New Zealand, and there were more questions than answers when the teams headed to Headingley for the second test.

A hallmark of this England team under Root has been inconsistency, unbeatable one week and then undesirable the next. The Leeds Test was no different, a revitalized England team, spearheaded by the dependable Anderson & Broad partnership, bowled Pakistan out twice in conditions that have historically suited English bowlers.

Returning to the Test team at Lord’s  a decision made by the newly appointed head of selectors Ed Smith  Jos Butler along with a young Dom Bess put in match-winning performances. A great start for Smith and his new team of selectors.

In short, Butler’s selection had come off the back of an effective IPL, where he saw five 50+ scores in a row  equaling the record alongside the great Mahendra Singh Dhoni. After one of the most fruitful summers for any England batsman, I think we will be seeing Butler in Test Whites for years to come.

England v Scotland

A move to white ball Cricket with a one off ODI against Scotland would see the most exciting game between these two teams in the history of the fixture. Scotland racking up 371/5 in their 50 overs on a very small Edinburgh Grange ground. England ‘only’ mustered 365 in response. Cue the celebrations.

England v Australia

Due to the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 Australia would be entertained a year early in five ODI’s and one T20. Australia were missing 5 front line players due to injury and various misdemeanors allowing a full strength England to show their class in the white ball format; winning five out of five, and breaking the record for the highest ODI total along the way. The T20 did little to halt English momentum, completing the whitewash at Edgbaston.

England v India

India’s arrival halted the English summer party, comprehensively winning their opening contest in conditions more reminiscent of Mumbai than Manchester. India was always going to provide much sterner competition, and with the little known Kuldeep Yadav in their line up bamboozling English batsmen, the true contest of the summer was beginning. England leveled the series but the final matched proved decisive as India took the T20 Series 2- 1.

England wrapped up the ODI series 2 – 1 with back to back hundreds from Captain Root (Drop the mic). A timely return to form leading into a five tests. However, it turned out that the Test Series was dominated by one man, Virat Kholi scoring 593 runs at an average of 59.30; at times taking on England’s bowling attack single handed. Special mentions for Jos Butler England’s top batsmen and player of the summer, Alistair Cook who retires as England’s GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), James Anderson who is now the leading Fast Bowler in Tests with 540 wickets, and finally Sam Curran who has burst onto the Test scene with both ball and bat. A man, and hopefully a team, with a very bright future ahead.