ECB: The Hundred returns in the summer of 2024 after a record year

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  • The Hundred sets dates after record attendances in 2023
  • First game to be played on Tuesday 23 July with The Kia Oval hosting the opening double-header
  • The Hundred Final will take place on Sunday 18 August at Lord’s
  • The competition’s partnership with BBC Music Introducing returns, bringing live music; every matchday also features a live DJ
  • Season tickets available from today to 2023 ticket-buyers or previous season ticket holders
  • For more information, and to sign up for priority ticket access visit thehundred.com

After a record year in 2023, The Hundred will return on Tuesday 23 July at The Kia Oval, delivering a month of world-class cricket and blockbuster entertainment for all the family.

Oval Invincibles and Birmingham Phoenix will compete in south London in the competition’s first double-header, the first of 34 matchdays across 26 days of compelling sport at the height of summer.

A record 580,000 fans were in venues across The Hundred in 2023, including over 300,000 in the women’s competition. The Hundred’s blend of high-quality sport and entertainment saw 41% of all tickets sold to families, 23% to juniors and 30% to women.

Alongside world-class cricket, thanks to The Hundred’s ongoing partnership with BBC Music Introducing, fans were treated to memorable music performances from a diverse line-up of artists and DJs including headliners Rudimental, the Lottery Winners, DYLAN and Prima Queen.

Last year’s men’s champions Oval Invincibles will start their campaign on day one of the competition, in the second game of the day, while women’s champions Southern Brave get going on matchday two in front of their home supporters at Utilita Bowl.

Supporters who have been season ticket holders in any of the three years of The Hundred or who bought a ticket in 2023 will be able to buy a season ticket from today. From 13-27 March there will be an exclusive window open to fans who have previously bought tickets to The Hundred. The priority sale window is open from 9-23 April, open to all fans who sign up in advance at thehundred.com. The general sale period begins from 25 April.

Tickets are once again great value, with prices set at £5 for juniors aged 3-15 (free for under 3s) and adults starting from £11.

The Hundred Eliminator, where second- and third-placed teams compete for a place in The Hundred Final, is confirmed for Saturday 17 August at The Kia Oval. The Hundred Final will take place on Sunday 18 August at Lord’s.

Southern Brave and England Women’s batter Danni Wyatt, who helped Southern Brave lift the trophy last season, said: “I can’t wait for The Hundred. It’s such a fun competition to play in, and the crowds are getting better and better. You can really feel the difference at The Hundred in terms of the number of young people and families in the crowd. It’s done so much for the women’s game and the lift in both the profile and the standard of women’s cricket has been amazing. We were so happy to get over the line and win The Hundred last year and we really want to do it again in year four of the competition.”

Oval Invincibles and England Men’s all-rounder Sam Curran, who was also a champion in 2023, said: “I think the third year of The Hundred was a huge step forward for the competition. As players, it’s really good to play in. We know the standard is top quality but with every year we play it the format itself becomes part of the event. We saw so many close finishes last year in the men’s competition and close contests are so good for bringing fans in. We’d love to be back at Lord’s in August to try and defend our trophy but we’re also looking forward to getting back out in front of our fans at The Kia Oval.”

The Hundred Draft, powered by Sage, will be back across both the men’s and the women’s competitions ahead of the 2024 summer as the 16 teams – including Andrew Flintoff’s Northern Superchargers men’s team – prepare their bids for The Hundred title.

For the first time, selection in the women’s competition will now take place exclusively through retention, The Hundred Draft and the Vitality Wildcard Draft. Salaries in the women’s competition have increased by £100,000 per team, with the top salary bracket now at £50,000.

All games will again be live on Sky Sports and BBC broadcast and digital channels throughout the competition.

To stay up to date with the latest news, buy tickets or to sign up for priority access, visit thehundred.com.

You can also follow The Hundred, and the eight teams, on Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.

Highlight statistics from The Hundred 2023:

  • In year three of The Hundred, the competition sold 580,000 tickets – an increase on years one and two, and a record figure for the competition.
  • The percentage of female ticket buyers was 30%, 23% were juniors, and 41% were families.
  • The women’s competition in year three had The Hundred’s highest ever attendance, breaking 2022’s global record for total attendance at a women’s cricket competition – over 300,000 fans were in attendance for the women’s competition.
  • The attendance for the final for the women’s competition was 21,636, a UK domestic record for a women’s game.
  • There were record attendances at Utilita Bowl (Women’s), Sophia Gardens (Women’s), Emirates Old Trafford (Both), Headingley (Both), Lord’s (Women’s) and Trent Bridge (Both).
  • The average number of television viewers per men’s match was up 8% in year three to 400K, while the average number of viewers per match for the women’s competition on Sky Sports grew 20% from 2022 to 132K.
  • Eight of the women’s games featured in the top 10 most watched women’s domestic sports broadcasts on Sky Sports in 2023 (the other two are WSL fixtures). Overall, daily viewing hours were up 30% to over 2.5m hours.
  • The Hundred’s digital channels continued to grow in year three with 70m video views, 50% growth on 2022. In addition, merchandise sales across The Hundred were up 21% on 2022.

About The Hundred:

The Hundred is an action-packed, unmissable cricket competition that fuses world-class cricket with blockbuster entertainment.

Combining a short, fast format of cricket, with each game lasting less than three hours, and incredible entertainment beyond the sport, The Hundred is making cricket more accessible and reaching a broader audience. It’s simple: 100 balls per team, most runs wins, so every ball counts.

The Hundred features eight teams from seven cities, with men’s and women’s competitions taking place side by side: Welsh Fire (Cardiff), Southern Brave (Southampton), Northern Superchargers (Leeds), London Spirit, Trent Rockets (Nottingham), Oval Invincibles (London), Manchester Originals and Birmingham Phoenix. Each teams features some of the best international and domestic cricketers from around the world, including England Men’s & Women’s World Cup winners.

Full fixtures (all games men’s and women’s double-headers)

Tuesday July 23: Oval Invincibles v Birmingham Phoenix, The Kia Oval. Women’s 2.45pm, Men’s 6.30pm

Wednesday July 24: Southern Brave v London Spirit, Utilita Bowl. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.30pm

Thursday July 25: Manchester Originals v Welsh Fire, Emirates Old Trafford. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.30pm

Friday July 26: Northern Superchargers v Trent Rockets, Headingley. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.35pm

Saturday July 27: London Spirt v Birmingham Phoenix, Lord’s. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.35pm

Sunday July 28: Welsh Fire v Oval Invincibles, Sophia Gardens. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.35pm

Monday July 29: Manchester Originals v Trent Rockets, Emirates Old Trafford. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.35pm

Tuesday July 30: Northern Superchargers v Southern Brave, Headingley. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.35pm

Wednesday July 31: Trent Rockets v Birmingham Phoenix, Trent Bridge. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.30pm

Thursday August 1: London Spirit v Welsh Fire, Lord’s. Women’s 11.30am, Men’s 3pm

Thursday August 1: Southern Brave v Manchester Originals, Utilita Bowl. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.30pm

Friday August 2: Oval Invincibles v Northern Superchargers, The Kia Oval. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.30pm

Saturday August 3: Birmingham Phoenix v Southern Brave, Edgbaston. Women’s 11am, Men’s 2.30pm

Saturday August 3: Trent Rockets v Welsh Fire, Trent Bridge. Women’s 2.30pm, Men’s 6pm

Sunday August 4: London Spirit v Oval Invincibles, Lord’s. Women’s 11am, Men’s 2.30pm

Sunday August 4: Northern Superchargers v Manchester Originals, Headingley. Women’s 2.30pm, Men’s 6pm

Monday August 5: Welsh Fire v Southern Brave, Sophia Gardens. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.30pm

Tuesday August 6: Manchester Originals v Oval Invincibles, Emirates Old Trafford. Women’s 11.30am, Men’s 3pm

Tuesday August 6: Birmingham Phoenix v Northern Superchargers, Edgbaston. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.30pm

Wednesday August 7: Trent Rockets v London Spirit, Trent Bridge. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.30pm

Thursday August 8: Welsh Fire v Northern Superchargers, Sophia Gardens. Women’s 11.30am, Men’s 3pm

Thursday August 8: Oval Invincibles v Southern Brave, The Kia Oval. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.30pm

Friday August 9: London Spirit v Manchester Originals, Lord’s. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.30pm

Saturday August 10: Southern Brave v Trent Rockets, Utilita Bowl. Women’s 11am, Men’s 2.30pm

Saturday August 10: Welsh Fire v Birmingham Phoenix, Sophia Gardens. Women’s 2.30pm, Men’s 6pm

Sunday August 11: Oval Invincibles v London Spirit, The Kia Oval. Women’s 11am, Men’s 2.30pm

Sunday August 11: Manchester Originals v Northern Superchargers, Emirates Old Trafford. Women’s 2.30pm, Men’s 6pm

Monday August 12: Birmingham Phoenix v Trent Rockets, Edgbaston. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.30pm

Tuesday August 13: Northern Superchargers v London Spirit, Headingley. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.30pm

Wednesday August 14: Southern Brave v Welsh Fire, Utilita Bowl. Women’s 11.30am, Men’s 3pm

Wednesday August 14: Trent Rockets v Oval Invincibles, Trent Bridge. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.30pm

Thursday August 15: Birmingham Phoenix v Manchester Originals, Edgbaston. Women’s 3pm, Men’s 6.30pm

Saturday August 17: Eliminator, The Kia Oval. Women’s 2.15pm, Men’s 6pm

Sunday August 18: Final, Lord’s. Women’s 2.15pm, Men’s 6pm

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