Separate Venues for Women and Men finals of the Hundred

The Hundred is the title of a professional franchise 100-ball cricket tournament in England and Wales run by the ECBAfter being in the pipeline for almost three years, England’s new 100 ball cricket tournament, ‘The hundred” has finally moved into its final phase.

The Hundred (ECB)
The league consists of eight city-based franchise teams, each of which fields both a women’s and men’s team.
 
“T20 has been unbelievably successful and it has established a very strong audience now. We want that audience but a different audience as well, who perhaps would like things slightly different. That’s the driver behind this idea.” – Andrew Strauss, director of England cricket.

Eleven venues have been identified to host standalone Women’s Competition matches in The Hundred, a new 100-ball competition which starts in July 2020.

Beth Barrett-Wild, Head of the Women’s Competition – The Hundred, said: “We’re delighted to be able to take the Women’s Competition to a number of excellent venues around the country.

“The venues for the men’s and women’s competitions respectively are working together incredibly closely and that connection will help The Hundred inspire more people to attend, watch and play cricket”.

“Many of the venues for the Women’s Competition have an excellent track record in supporting and nurturing the women’s game and we look forward to that continuing across The Hundred.”

Each finals day will see the second and third-placed teams from the league stages go head to head before the winner plays the first-placed team in the final.

Managing director of the Hundred Sanjay Patel said ‘The Hundred represents an incredible opportunity to broaden our audience for cricket and it’s great to see our finals venues committed to delivering great spectacles next August to close the inaugural competitions with a bang.’

Men and Women both will play the finals of the same day, but at different venues.

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“The depth of the women’s game isn’t yet at a stage where a draft would be the best way forward, and it’s important that we don’t just match the template of the men’s game. There are areas in which the needs of the women’s game are different and it’s right that we find the right approach for them.”

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