Almanac Cricket: Media Release from the England and Wales Cricket Board regarding ‘The Hundred’

Almanacker and passionate cricket follower, Citrus Bob Utber, has forwarded the following information from the ECB detailing information about a new cricket format commencing in the UK over their coming summer.

 

THE HUNDRED

The Hundred is an action-packed, unmissable new 100 ball cricket

competition that will put you on the edge of your seat. Taking place in

summer 2020, the competition aims to grow the game and everyone is

invited.

 

Featuring world-class players and homegrown talent, the eight brand new

city-based women’s and men’s teams will compete over five weeks every

summer (17 July – 15 Aug 2020), with both competitions running

side-by-side.

 

For the latest news and priority access to tickets visit thehundred.com

 

 

The Hundred has announced that it will offer women and men equal

prizemoney for the inaugural competition this summer.

 

The total prize budget of £600,000 will be split 50/50 between the

men’s and women’s competitions and is a step towards the ECB’s

long-term commitment to making cricket a gender-balanced sport.

 

The Hundred is an action-packed, unmissable new 100 ball cricket

competition that will put you on the edge of your seat. Taking place in

the summer holidays, the competition aims to attract a broader, more

diverse audience to grow the game.

 

Featuring world-class players and homegrown talent, the eight brand new

city-based women’s and men’s teams will compete over five weeks each

year (17 July – 15 Aug 2020), with both competitions running

side-by-side.

 

Beth Barrett-Wild, head of The Hundred women’s competition said_:

“We’re really proud of our movement towards making cricket a

gender-balanced sport and whilst we’re aware there is more to do in

this space, this is an important step in the right direction. It’s

recognition for the women’s players and the huge value they bring to

The Hundred. _

 

_“The ECB is committed to transforming women’s and girls’ cricket,

from inspiring young girls to pick up a bat for the first time, through

to establishing the women’s game as a professional career option. This

announcement today represents one signal of intent towards that

commitment.”_

 

Heather Knight, captain of London Spirit women’s team adds: _“This

is a great announcement for women’s sport. Women’s professional

cricket is on an exciting journey and whilst there is still a way to go

to realise gender parity, this move from The Hundred is a significant

step in the right direction. We’re all really excited about playing in

the new competition and hopefully inspiring more young girls and boys to

pick up a bat and ball.”_

 

A special priority window for tickets to standalone women’s matches in

The Hundred will be available from 9-16 March. For more information on

The Hundred and to sign up for priority tickets, visit thehundred.com

 

THE ECB’S WOMEN & GIRLS’ ACTION PLAN

We have created a comprehensive ten-point action plan that aims to

transform all elements of women’s and girls’ cricket in England and

Wales to increase engagement, grow representation and improve

opportunities across the game.

 

An unprecedented £20m of funding will be invested over the next two

years, with an ambition of investing £50m over the five years, to

enable organisations across the cricket network to recruit more

dedicated resources, improve the player experience, and increase the

opportunities to build careers in the sport.

 

Another ground-breaking commitment is the funding of 40 full-time

professional, domestic contracts. These contracts will be in addition to

the existing England Women centrally contracted players.

 

 

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About Bob Utber

At 80 years of age Citrus Bob is doing what he wanted to do as a 14 year-old living on the farm at Lang Lang. Talking, writing, watching sport. Now into his third book on sports history he lives in Mildura with his very considerate wife (Jenny ) and a groodle named "Chloe On Flinders". How good is that.

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  1. I note that Cricket Australia have already suggested that those selected for the national team may have to come home early from the 100 to train at camp.

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