What is that this? Why are we right here? The place are we going? Solutions to those and extra shall be yours should you grasp round for the FIRST Hundred sport, between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals.
After years of preparation, a pandemic and a pingdemic, that is it. Most individuals got here up with an opinion on the competitors when it was first introduced in April 2018, and have spent the resultant months and years additional embedding their concrete boots.
However whether or not you might be cheering on Manchester Originals, “laughing within the face of limits,” or Oval Invincibles, “belonging to one thing greater,” or right here only for the lols, that is the place you get to play I informed you so.
You’d be forgiven for pondering we’ve been right here earlier than. On June 13 2003, I spent the evening on the Rose Bowl watching Hampshire v Sussex as Mike Selvey’s leg-woman. It was the primary televised T20 match and I bear in mind sunshine, chaos contained in the press field and good vibes outdoors it. Additionally, Wasim Akram performed – and also you don’t get way more field workplace than that.
The primary T20 sport: above and beneath.
By later that summer season, T20 was judged to be a roaring success. The ECB, the golf equipment, the gamers and the punters have been completely happy. A £250,000 publicity finances had been shared across the counties. Nottinghamshire selected to place 4 of their gamers topless on bus cease billboards – Chris Cairns, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Franks and Gareth Clough, FYI. There have been bouncy castles, there was face portray: it was cricket with parts of the varsity fare.
To chop an extended story brief (see right here for Ali’s extra expansive model) different international locations went on to do it greater and higher. Many T20 nights changed into All-Bar-One-in-the-stands, laddish Friday-night booze-fests which didn’t appeal to households or individuals from the south-asian group – over represented by way of taking part in, however vastly under-represented by way of ticket gross sales. So, The Hundred.
Abomination? Innovation? Daring, definitely, particularly so far as the ladies’s sport is worried. That this primary sport is between two ladies’s groups, definitely will get an enormous thumbs up from me. I’m intrigued to see if the crowds agree.
Do ship me your ideas, barbed or gushing, right here on the Guardian “problem with out worry or favour”, and I’ll carp/swoon together with you. The primary ball shall be bowled at 6.30pm BST.