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

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

Sunny weather may not be guaranteed in this country but entertainment and drama in cricket’s newest format will most certainly be on offer for those fans hoping to watch some of the best cricketers in action in both the men’s and women’s game.

This year’s tournament got under way on August 3 and will end at Lord’s on September, 3 when the finalists battle it out for glory.

If you’re a Test cricket purist or a T20 fanatic and aren’t too sure what The Hundred is all about then you’ve come to the right place as The Sporting News takes you through all you need to know.

What is The Hundred format and rules?

How many balls in The Hundred? The clue’s in the name! Each team will bowl 100 balls (compared to 120 in T20 cricket) and instead of six ball overs, it’ll be ten balls in a row from each. The motivation behind this quirk is to speed up play, meaning a match will take no longer than two-and-a-half hours.

After one team has bowled 100 balls they will switch to batting and face 100 balls. Whichever team has scored the most runs wins the match. Simple.

Bowlers can deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls and a bowler can deliver no more than 20 balls per match.

A 25-ball powerplay for each team takes place at the start of each innings meaning two fielders are allowed outside of the initial 30-yard circle during the powerplay.

What teams and players are in The Hundred?

The Hundred features a men’s and women’s tournament, with eight teams across seven cities battling for the right to be crowned the winner come the end of the month-long bonanza.

In each edition, teams play against each other home and away in the group round of 32 matches. Whichever team finishes top progresses to the final while second and third place in the table face off against each other in a single eliminator match to reach 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.

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.

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.

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 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, 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.

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 limited Phoenix to 136/5 in reply.

In the women’s edition, Southern Brave also made the final but didn’t have the same success as they suffered defeat to Oval Invincibles. Invincibles finished on 121/6 from their 100 balls before dismissing Brave for just 73.

The Hundred fixtures and final date

Wednesday, August 3 – Southern Brave vs Welsh Fire

Thursday, August 4 – Oval Invincibles vs London Spirit

Friday, August 5– Manchester Originals vs Northern Superchargers

Saturday, August 6 – Trent Rockets vs Birmingham Phoenix

Sunday, August 7 – Welsh Fire vs Oval Invincibles

Monday, August 8 – London Spirit vs Manchester Originals

Tuesday, August 9 – Northern Superchargers vs Trent Rockets

Wednesday, August 10 – Birmingham Phoenix vs Southern Brave

Thursday, August 11 – Oval Invincibles vs Northern Superchargers

Friday, August 12 – Southern Brave vs London Spirit

Saturday, August 13 – Manchester Originals vs Trent Rockets

Saturday, August 13 – Welsh Fire vs Birmingham Phoenix

Sunday, August 14 – Northern Superchargers vs London Spirit

Sunday, August 14 – Oval Invincibles vs Southern Brave

Monday, August 15 – Birmingham Phoenix vs Trent Rockets

Tuesday, August 16 – Manchester Originals vs Welsh Fire

Wednesday, August 17 – Trent Rockets vs Oval Invincibles

Thursday, August 18 – Southern Brave vs Manchester Originals

Friday, August 19 – Birmingham Phoenix vs Northern Superchargers

Saturday, August 20 – Trent Rockets vs London Spirit

Sunday, August 21 – Northern Superchargers vs Manchester Originals

Monday, August 22 – Welsh Fire vs Southern Brave

Tuesday, August 23 – Oval Invincibles vs Birmingham Phoenix

Wednesday, August 24 – London Spirit vs Welsh Fire

Thursday, August 25 – Southern Brave vs Trent Rockets

Friday, August 26 – Welsh Fire vs Northern Superchargers

Saturday, August 27 – London Spirit vs Oval Invincibles

Sunday, August 28 – Birmingham Phoenix vs Manchester Originals

Monday, August 29 – Trent Rockets vs Welsh Fire

Tuesday, August 30 – London Spirit vs Birmingham Phoenix

Wednesday, August 31 – Northern Superchargers vs Southern Brave

Wednesday, August 31 – Manchester Originals vs Oval Invincibles

Friday, September 2 – Eliminator (The Ageas Bowl)

Saturday, September 3 – Final (Lord’s)

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