Night all people and welcome to the dazzling new planet of The Hundred. It’s the initial-ever men’s match in cricket’s latest format. It’s Twenty20 with nearly 20 for each cent off!
Half a century back, in 1971, two huge changes came together to rock the British psyche: the initial just one-day worldwide cricket match was played, and the currency went decimal. Tonight English (men’s) cricket at last catches up with the penny in its pocket by likely decimal alone. Out goes the 6-ball over, to be replaced by a 5-ball point that is intended to be regarded as “a five”. Every single team receives 20 of these, and alternatively of switching finishes just after each just one of them, the fielding aspect only swap over each two non-overs. Plus, a bowler can bowl two of them in a row! It’s nearly as if, in its very long several years of anguished arranging for this moment, the ECB gave no considered at all to the very poor previous over-by-over correspondents. We do not even know what to get in touch with ourselves now.
The Hundred started past night with a women’s match among the identical groups, Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals (and if you imagine the names are terrible, hold out until you see their mottos). I watched the activity, relished it and located it really not that different from T20. Yes, there have been fireworks, and totally free tickets, and a DJ, and smaller small children staying interviewed on the telly (Q: “What team do you play for?” A: “I do not know”), and a coaching time-out, and, all through the chase, the operates have been counting down relatively than mounting up. But there was also a white ball, a flat pitch, a smaller playing area, a reverse sweep or two, many a slower ball, a perception of celebration and a perception of exciting. Anyone itching to mutter “it’s not cricket” could perfectly have been upset not to be a lot more upset.
The contest was made the decision by a wonderful counter-attacking partnership (among two players who happen to be a married couple), some courageous hitting at the demise, and a couple of dropped catches. Cricket is continue to cricket even if you play it on the seaside with just one-hand-just one-bounce counting as 50 % out. Very last night’s activity, showcasing some of the most gifted women in the planet, was most certainly cricket. Tonight’s activity will be way too, with Jos Buttler and Carlos Brathwaite anticipated to play for the Originals, and Jason Roy signing up for Tom and Sam Curran among the Invincibles. Masking it could perfectly be a challenge, but watching it is likely to be a address.
Engage in begins at 6.30pm Uk time, so I’ll be again about 6.05 for the toss and groups.