After a record-breaking inaugural edition, the shortest cricket competition, The Hundred is back with its second season. Organized by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the 100 balls per side franchise tournament was a unique addition last year with Oval Invincibles taking the inaugural women’s title.
The year saw 500,000 tickets being sold and issued along with a record viewership of 1.4 million for women and 2.4 million for men during the Finals taking the total television viewership of the inaugural edition to around 16 million.
Now, as we are into a packed yet exciting cricket season with the Women’s Ashes currently underway and ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup scheduled next followed by the Commonwealth Games, ECB has announced the schedule for The Hundred just after the multi-sport event where women’s cricket makes its debut in the T20I format. Though, reducing eight fixtures from women’s schedule in order to accommodate with the CWG that are being held in England itself, the competition for women’s begins a week later than men’s, on August 11 with the defending champions hosting Northern Superchargers while the 2021 Runners-up start their campaign the next day against London Spirit. The competition will go on till September 3 with Lord’s hosting the Finals.
Women’s Hundred starts from August 11 following the conclusion of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham where women’s cricket is making its debut.@thehundred Welcome back 🤩❤️ pic.twitter.com/iHBkyjFTtf
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) January 27, 2022
Confirming the broadcast for all matches on Sky Sports, Director of Cricket for the channel,
Bryan Henderson appreciated the record-breaking viewership achieved last year. In a report by skysports.com, he said,
“The progressive partnership between Sky Sports and the BBC saw 16.1 million viewers with more than half watching live cricket for the first time. I think we can universally agree, for all who love the sport, the best thing was witnessing thousands of children having fun and engaging with cricket for the first time. We can’t wait to build on this legacy in 2022.”
In December last year, ESPN Cricinfo reported a significant rise in the salaries of the players for the 2022 season. As per the report, there is a rise in ECB’s total outlay on women’s salaries from £960,000 (US $1.28m) to £2 million (US $2.66m) that is one of the reasons for an increase of around 108% in the salaries of women players. The salary for women last year ranged from £3600 (US $4800) to £15,000 (US $20,000) with a captaincy bonus of £1200 (US $1600) and is expected to reach the range of 7500 (US $10,000) to £31,250 (US $41,500) with a £2500 (US $3300) captaincy bonus and the team purse going up to £250,000 (US $330,000) for the 2022 edition.
2022 Women’s Fixtures for The Hundred
|Thursday, August 11||Oval Invincibles v Northern Superchargers||Kia Oval|
|Friday, August 12||Southern Brave v London Spirit||Ageas Bowl|
|Saturday, August 13||Manchester Originals v Trent Rockets||Emirates Old Trafford|
|Saturday, August 13||Welsh Fire v Birmingham Phoenix||Sophia Gardens|
|Sunday, August 14||Northern Superchargers v London Spirit||Headingley|
|Sunday, August 14||Oval Invincibles v Southern Brave||Kia Oval|
|Monday, August 15||Birmingham Phoenix v Trent Rockets||Edgbaston|
|Tuesday, August 16||Manchester Originals v Welsh Fire||Emirates Old Trafford|
|Wednesday, August 17||Trent Rockets v Oval Invincibles||Trent Bridge|
|Thursday, August 18||Southern Brave v Manchester Originals||Ageas Bowl|
|Friday, August 19||Birmingham Phoenix v Northern Superchargers||Edgbaston|
|Saturday, August 20||Trent Rockets v London Spirit||Trent Bridge|
|Sunday, August 21||Northern Superchargers v Manchester Originals||Headingley|
|Monday, August 22||Welsh Fire v Southern Brave||Sophia Gardens|
|Tuesday, August 23||Oval Invincibles v Birmingham Phoenix||Kia Oval|
|Wednesday, August 24||London Spirit v Welsh Fire||Lord’s|
|Thursday, August 25||Southern Brave v Trent Rockets||Ageas Bowl|
|Friday, August 26||Welsh Fire v Northern Superchargers||Sophia Gardens|
|Saturday, August 27||London Spirit v Oval Invincibles||Lord’s|
|Sunday, August 28||Birmingham Phoenix v Manchester Originals||Edgbaston|
|Monday, August 29||Trent Rockets v Welsh Fire||Trent Bridge|
|Tuesday, August 30||London Spirit v Birmingham Phoenix||Lord’s|
|Wednesday, August 31||Northern Superchargers v Southern Brave||Headingley|
|Wednesday, August 31||Manchester Originals v Oval Invincibles||Emirates Old Trafford|
|Friday, September 2||Eliminator||Ageas Bowl|
|Saturday, September 3||Final||Lord’s|
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