The Hundred will launch with a women’s match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals on Wednesday 21 July.
The new 100-ball tournament – which features eight brand new teams based in Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton and two in London – was due to start last summer but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The England and Wales Cricket Board’s brand new tournament will now begin in the summer of 2021 and kick-off with a women’s match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals televised live on Sky and BBC.
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.
Beth Barrett-Wild, head of The Hundred women’s competition, said: ‘Opening The Hundred with a standalone women’s match represents a historic moment, not just for cricket and women’s cricket, but more widely for sport.
‘We are really proud to be able to make this announcement, and I cannot wait to see our brilliant female players walk out at the Kia Oval on 21 July.
‘The schedule really epitomises how The Hundred is changing the game – putting gender-balance at its heart and presenting men and women on the same platform, with the same scale of ambition from the very start.’
England star and new Manchester Originals signing Sophie Ecclestone added: ‘The thought of making history and potentially bowling the first ball of The Hundred is really exciting.
‘It is fantastic news that the competition is launching with a women’s match and we can’t wait to get The Hundred off to the best possible start.’
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.
On the opening weekend, Trent Rockets host Southern Brave, Northern Superchargers welcome Welsh Fire and London Spirit take on Oval Invincibles in the first derby of The Hundred.
The group fixtures end on August 18 with London Spirit travelling to Cardiff to take on Welsh Fire.
The teams finishing second and third in the league stage will meet each other at the the Oval in The Hundred eliminator on August 20 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 August 21 at Lord’s.
Full list of fixtures for The Hundred (all are both men’s and women’s matches unless stated):
Full list of fixtures (all are both men’s and women’s matches unless stated)
21 July Oval Invincibles v Manchester Originals (women’s), Kia Oval
22 July Oval Invincibles v Manchester Originals (men’s), Kia Oval
23 July Birmingham Phoenix v London Spirit, Edgbaston
24 July Trent Rockets v Southern Brave, Trent Bridge
Northern Superchargers v Welsh Fire, Emerald Headingley
25 July London Spirit v Oval Invincibles, Lord’s
Manchester Originals v Birmingham Phoenix, Emirates Old Trafford
26 July Trent Rockets v Northern Superchargers, Trent Bridge
27 July Welsh Fire v Southern Brave, Sophia Gardens
28 July Manchester Originals v Northern Superchargers, Emirates Old Trafford
29 July London Spirit v Trent Rockets, Lord’s
30 July Southern Brave v Birmingham Phoenix, Ageas Bowl
31 July Welsh Fire v Manchester Originals, Sophia Gardens
Northern Superchargers v Oval Invincibles, Emerald Headingley
01 August Birmingham Phoenix v Trent Rockets, Egdbaston
London Spirit v Southern Brave, Lord’s
02 August Oval Invincibles v Welsh Fi, Kia Oval
03 August London Spirit v Northern Superchargers, Lord’s
04 August Birmingham Phoenix v Oval Invincibles, Edgbaston
05 August Manchester Originals v Southern Brave, Emirates Old Trafford
06 August Welsh Fire v Trent Rockets, Sophia Gardens
07 August Southern Brave v Northern Superchargers, Ageas Bowl
08 August Oval Invincibles v Trent Rockets, Kia Oval
09 August Birmingham Phoenix v Welsh Fire, Edgbaston
10 August Manchester Originals v London Spirit, Emirates Old Trafford
11 August Southern Brave v Welsh Fire, Ageas Bowl
12 August Northern Superchargers v Manchester Originals, Emerald Headingley
13 August Trent Rockets v Birmingham Phoenix, Trent Bridge
14 August Oval Invincibles v London Spirit, Kia Oval
15 August Trent Rockets v Manchester Originals, Trent Bridge
16 August Southern Brave v Oval Invincibles, Ageas Bowl
17 August Northern Superchargers v Birmingham Phoenix, Emerald Headingley
18 August Welsh Fire v London Spirit, Sophia Gardens
20 August Women’s and Men’s Eliminator, Kia Oval
21 August Men’s and Women’s Finals, Lord’s
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