London: The schedule has been announced of England’s new cricket tournament ‘The Hundred’ as the Oval will host opening fixture between Oval Invincibles and Manchester in a standalone women’s match on July 21 while men’s tournament will start on July 22.
After the opening two matches, the rest of the schedule will see the men’s and women’s teams both playing on the same day, at the same venue, with the ambition to elevate women’s cricket through The Hundred
Meanwhile, men’s Draft picks and new signings for all eight women’s sides to be announced across the day today.
Lord’s will host the final (men’s and women’s) with competition’s Eliminator taking place the day before at the Oval.
It will be the first time a major UK team sporting event has launched men’s and women’s competitions alongside each other and headlined with a women’s match.
Eight city-based teams Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton and two in London will take part in the competition.
Here are some of the key fixtures
In the opening weekend (24-25 July), Trent Rockets host Southern Brave, Northern Superchargers play Welsh Fire and London Spirit take on Oval Invincibles in the first derby of The Hundred
Manchester Originals face Northern Superchargers at Old Trafford on 28 July with the reverse fixture on 12 August
Birmingham Phoenix welcome Trent Rockets to Edgbaston on 1 August
The group fixtures end on 18 August with London Spirit traveling to Cardiff to take on Welsh Fire.
The teams finishing second and third in the league stage will meet each other at the Kia Oval in The Hundred Eliminator on Friday 20 August to compete for a place in The Hundred Final against the league winners. Both the men’s and women’s finals will take place the following day on 21 August at Lord’s.
Note, The Hundred was scheduled to take place in 2020 but it was postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19.