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The Hundred Betting Offers 2021

the hundred teamsGiven that the sport of cricket was played for the first time in the 16th century and the nature of the sport has been well-established in the years since then, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there couldn’t really be any new ways of playing it. Yet whether it be the invention of one-day cricket or the creation of Twenty20, the sport has always had a way of reinventing itself to allow it to appeal to a wider market.

The Hundred is a good example of that, taking the best aspects of short-form cricket and combining it with the excitement of American sports such as baseball and American football. It does this by pitting eight city-based teams against one another, with the teams made up thanks to a draft system. One of the key things about the event is that each of the franchise teams will field both a men’s and a women’s team, ensuring that it is appealing to as many people as possible.

The inaugural Hundred will be played in the summer from 21st July to 21st August.  This is a good time of year for betting too as there is not much football or other sports on meaning the bookies will give it their full attention.  To save you the effort we’ve collated the best deals below.  Further down you can read about the teams and players, event format and history.

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The Format Of The Hundred

the hundred format

The original plan was for the new tournament to be based around the Twenty20 format of cricket, but the ECB was keen to try to attract new fans and was concerned about the competition structure’s relevance. For that reason, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on the 19th of April 2018 that 100-ball cricket would be the format for the new competition.

The plan was to have 15 standard 6-ball overs followed by a final over of 10-balls, with the Leg-Before-Wicket rule also removed from the game. This idea didn’t last long, with the ECB confirming in February of 2019 that the game would involve ten 10-ball overs and the bowlers would deliver either 5 or 10 balls consecutively.

100-ball cricket sees two teams play a single innings that is made up of 100 balls, giving a limited over form of the sport. The format of the game is as follows:

  • 100 balls are bowled per inning
  • The ends change after 10 balls
  • Bowlers deliver either 5 or 10 balls consecutively
  • The maximum number of balls that a bowler can deliver per game is 20
  • There is a strategic Time-Out available to each bowling side of up to 2 and a half minutes
  • Each team will start with a 25-ball power play
  • During the power play, two fielders are allowed outside of the 30-yard circle

The Structure Of The Tournament

knockout structureThe Hundred tournament takes place during the school summer holidays and lasts for 31 days. It will run from the middle of July until the middle of August, with the 8 city-based teams playing four times at home and four times away.

The structure will be similar to the Australian Twenty20 Big Bash League, which also features 8 city-based franchise teams. Each team will play their closes rivals twice, resulting in 32 games having been played in total by the time the play-offs come around.

At the end of the league campaign the top 4 teams move into the play-offs, using a similar format to that which you might have seen in play in the Indian Premier League/ The top 2 teams play each other, with the winner going into the final.

The teams that finished 3rd and 4th play each other for the right to play the losing from the match between 1st and 2nd, with the winner of that game joining the winner of the first game in the final.

How The Teams Are Made Up

draftThe squads of each team will be made up of 15 players, with a maximum of 3 of those players able to come from overseas. Two players in each team will be made up of those that played well in the t20 Blast competition, and at least 1 England Test player will be in each of the men’s team.

The way that players are assigned to each team will be decided according to a draft system, similar to those that you might have seen in other franchise-based sports. When the draft was carried out ahead of the 2021 version of the tournament, each women’s team had two players from the England team and the men’s had one male England player. The men’s also had a ‘local icon’ player assigned to them.

You can read more detail about each team and the venue they play at further down this page.

Team Names

the hundred teams

When the idea for The Hundred began to take serious shape, it was decided that none of the teams would bear the identity of any of the county teams in existence, nor the cities, counties or venues where they would be based.

In reality they didn’t didn’t stick resolutely to that plan, with the following names being assigned to the men’s teams:

Money

cricket ball and money

Obviously none of the players are playing for free, so there are salary bands in place. There are seven bands (plus the Central player), with as many as two players selected from each of the following bands:

  • £125,000
  • £100,000
  • £75,000
  • £60,000
  • £50,000
  • £40,000
  • £30,000

Captains will get a £10,000 bonus on top of their fee. When it comes to the time for the draft each player is entitled to select a minimum salary band that they’ll be willing to play for, but if their self-chosen price isn’t met then they won’t be picked during that main draft.

Each of the teams also gets the chance to choose a Wild Card, who will be chosen during the T20 Blast tournament and they will be paid £30,000.

The Women’s Team

woman cricket playerAs is the case in most walks of life, the women aren’t being offered as much money as their male counterparts. instead, their salary brackets are as follows:

  • £15,000
  • £12,000
  • £9,000
  • £7,200
  • £6,000
  • £4,800
  • £3,600

The women’s captains will get a bonus of £1,200.

The Teams and Venues

Team Venue Opened Capacity
Manchester Originals Old Trafford 1857 26,000
Northern Superchargers Headingly 1890 18,350
Birmingham Phoenix Edgbaston 1882 25,000
Trent Rockets Trent Bridge 1841 17,500
Welsh Fire Sophia Gardens 1967 15,643
London Spirit Lord’s 1814 30,000
Oval Invincibles The Oval 1845 25,500
Southern Brave Rose Bowl 2001 15,000

Each of the 8 city-based men’s teams will play their matches in a specific cricket ground. Here’s a little bit of information about each of them:

Manchester Originals: Old Trafford Cricket Ground (Manchester)

Player Specialty Batting Bowling Country
Jos Butler# Wicketkeeper RH England
Nicholas Pooran* Wicketkeeper LH West Indies
Joe Clarke Batsman RH England
Wayne Madsen Batsman RH RH (OB) South Africa
Phil Salt Batsman RH RH (OB) England
Colin Ackerman All Rounder RH RH (OB) Netherlands
Tom Lammonby All Rounder LH LH (F/M) England
Jamie Overton All Rounder RH RH (F) England
Shadab Khan* All Rounder RH RH (LB) Pakistan
Tom Hartley Spin Bowler RH LH (S/O) England
Matt Parkinson Spin Bowler RH RH (LB) England
Steven Finn Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) England
Richard Gleeson Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) England
Harry Gurney Pace Bowler RH LH (F/M) England
Kagiso Rabada* Pace Bowler RH RH (F) South Africa

* Overseas Player, # Central Contract, RH – Right Handed, LH – Left Handed, F – Fast, M – Medium, S – Slow, OB – Off Break, LB – Leg Break, O – Orthodox

manchester originalsNot to be confused with the football ground of the same name and located in the same city, Old Trafford Cricket Ground opened its doors in 1857 and is the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club. It has a capacity of 19,000 for domestic cricket matches and 26,000 for those of an international flavour.

When the ground lost its Test status in 2009 it was decided that it should be thoroughly modernised, resulting in redevelopment of it in order to increase its capacity and restore sections of the venue. The Point was created at a cost of £12 million. The pitch is known as being one of the quickest in the country, but spin can be used later in games.

Northern Superchargers: Headingley Cricket Ground (Leeds)

Player Specialty Batting Bowling Country
John Simpson Wicketkeeper LH England
Harry Brook Batsman RH RH (M) England
Aaron Finch* Batsman RH LH (S/O) Australia
Tom Kohler-Cadmore Batsman RH RH (OB) England
Chris Lynn* Batsman RH LH (S/O) Australia
Adam Lyth Batsman LH RH (OB) England
Ben Stokes# All Rounder LH RH (F) England
David Wile All Rounder LH LH (F/M) England
Callum Parkinson Spin Bowler RH LH (S/O) England
Adil Rashid Spin Bowler RH RH (LB) England
Mujeeb Ur Rahman* Spin Bowler RH RH (OB) Afghanistan
Brydon Carse Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) England
Matthew Fisher Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) England
Matty Potts Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) England
Olly Stone Pace Bowler RH RH (F) England

* Overseas Player, # Central Contract, RH – Right Handed, LH – Left Handed, F – Fast, M – Medium, S – Slow, OB – Off Break, LB – Leg Break, O – Orthodox

northern superchargersAt the time of writing the venue is known as the Emerald Headingley Cricket Ground because of sponsorship. It opened in 1890 and is the home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, who also own it. It stands next to the Headingley Rugby Stadium as part of the Headingley Stadium Complex.

It boasts a capacity of 18,350 and has been a Test ground since 1899. It has enjoyed countless sporting moments over the years, including in 1902 when the Australian Test team was dismissed for 23 in the second innings to hand England an unexpected Ashes victory. Donald Bradman, widely thought of as the best batsman ever, notched up 309 runs in the first Ashes Test of 1930 here.

Birmingham Phoenix: Edgbaston Cricket Ground (Birmingham)

Player Specialty Batting Bowling Country
Chris Cooke Wicketkeeper RH South Africa
Daniel Bell-Drummond Batsman RH RH (M) England
Miles Hammond Batsman LH RH (OB) England
Adan Hose Batsman RH RH (M) England
Dom Sibley# Batsman RH RH (LB) England
Kane Williamson* Batsman RH RH (OB) New Zealand
Tom Abell All Rounder RH RH (M) England
Moeen Ali All Rounder LH RH (OB) England
Benny Howell All Rounder RH RH (M) England
Liam Livingstone All Rounder RH RH (OB) England
Adam Zampa* Spin Bowler RH RH (LB) Australia
Henry Brookes Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) England
Pat Brown Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) England
Tom Helm Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) England
Chris Woakes# Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) England
Shaheen Afridi* Pace Bowler LH LH (F) Pakistan

* Overseas Player, # Central Contract, RH – Right Handed, LH – Left Handed, F – Fast, M – Medium, S – Slow, OB – Off Break, LB – Leg Break, O – Orthodox

birmingham phoenixTypically referred to simply as Edgbaston and known locally as the County Ground, Edgbaston Cricket Ground opened in 1882 and has a capacity of 25,000. Warwickshire County Cricket Club call it home, it was the first English ground other than Lord’s to host a one-day international final when the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy final took place here.

Only Lord’s, Old Trafford and The Oval are bigger than it in terms of capacity. It was the site for the first ever senior game played under floodlights when Warwickshire and Somerset went head to head in July of 1997. 20 years later it became the first venue to host a day / night Test match when England went up against the West Indies in August of 2017.

Trent Rockets: Trent Bridge (Nottingham)

Player Specialty Batting Bowling Country
Ben Cox Wicketkeeper RH England
Tom Moores Wicketkeeper LH England
Joe Root# Batsman RH RH (OB) England
Alex Hales Batsman RH RH (M) England
David Malan Batsman LH RH (LB) England
D’Arcy Short* Batsman LH LH (S/O) Australia
Luke Wright Batsman RH RH (M) England
Lewis Gregory All Rounder RH RH (F/M) England
Steven Mullaney All Rounder RH RH (M) England
Samit Patel All Rounder RH LH (S/O) England
Matthew Carter Spin Bowler RH RH (OB) England
Rashid Khan* Spin Bowler RH RH (LB) Afghanistan
Nathan Coulter-Nile* Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) Australia
Timm van der Gugten Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) Netherlands
Luke Wood Pace Bowler LH LH (F/M) England

* Overseas Player, # Central Contract, RH – Right Handed, LH – Left Handed, F – Fast, M – Medium, S – Slow, OB – Off Break, LB – Leg Break, O – Orthodox

trent rocketsThe cricket ground is based on the other side of the River Trent from the city of Nottingham, hence its name. It has a capacity of 17,500 and was opened in 1841. It is in the sports hub of Nottingham, being located close to both Notts County’s home ground of Meadow Lane and Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.

It hosted its first Test match in 1899, around 61 years after the first game of cricket was played in the area. It saw the world’s largest electronic scoreboard at any cricket ground installed in 1950, which was something of a claim to fame at the time. Regenerated throughout the 1980s and 1990s, many consider it to be one of the best places in the world to watch cricket.

Welsh Fire: Sophia Gardens (Cardiff)

Player Specialty Batting Bowling Country
Jonny Bairstow Wicketkeeper RH England
Tom Banton Batsman RH England
Ian Cockbain Batsman RH RH (M) England
Ben Duckett Batsman LH England
Ollie Pope# Batsman RH England
Josh Cobb All Rounder RH RH (OB) England
Matt Critchley All Rounder RH RH (LB) England
Ryan Higgins All Rounder RH RH (F/M) England
David Lloyd All Rounder RH RH (M) Wales
Kieron Pollard* All Rounder RH RH (F/M) West Indies
Qais Ahmed* Spin Bowler RH RH (LB) Afghanistan
Jake Ball Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) England
David Payne Pace Bowler RH LH (F/M) England
Liam Plunkett Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) England
Jhye Richardson* Pace Bowler RH RH (F) Australia

* Overseas Player, # Central Contract, RH – Right Handed, LH – Left Handed, F – Fast, M – Medium, S – Slow, OB – Off Break, LB – Leg Break, O – Orthodox

welsh fireThe only ground used outside of England for The Hundred, Sophia Gardens has been used as a cricket ground since Glamorgan County Cricket Club moved into it in 1967. The Sport Wales National Centre sports hall complex is based next door. The venue has been used for Test cricket since 1999 when it hosted the Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and Australia.

In 2009 it became the 100th Test match venue when it hosted the opening match of the Ashes series and ten years later it was one of the grounds for the Cricket World Cup. The stadium was redeveloped in the 2000s, re-opening in 2008 with a match between the Glamorgan Dragons and the Gloucestershire Gladiators.

London Spirit: Lord’s (London)

Player Specialty Batting Bowling Country
Adam Rossington Wicketkeeper RH England
Zak Crawley# Batsman RH RH (OB) England
Joe Denly Batsman RH RH (LB) England
Dan Lawrence Batsman RH RH (OB) England
Glenn Maxwell* Batsman RH RH (OB) Australia
Eoin Morgan Batsman LH RH (M) England
Ravi Bopara All Rounder RH RH (M) England
Mohammad Nabi* All Rounder RH RH (OB) Afghanistan
Luis Reece All Rounder LH LH (M) England
Roelof van der Merwe All Rounder RH LH (S/O) Netherlands
Mason Crane Spin Bowler RH RH (LB) England
Mohammad Amir* Pace Bowler LH LH (F) Pakistan
Jade Dernbach Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) England
Chris Wood Pace Bowler RH LH (F/M) England
Mark Wood Pace Bowler RH RH (F) England

* Overseas Player, # Central Contract, RH – Right Handed, LH – Left Handed, F – Fast, M – Medium, S – Slow, OB – Off Break, LB – Leg Break, O – Orthodox

london spiritBased in the St John’s Wood area of London, the ground is named after the man who founded it: Thomas Lord. Owned by Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex County Cricket Club call it their home. It’s also the base of the ECB and the European Cricket Council. The world’s oldest sporting museum is based here, with the ground being known as the ‘home of cricket’.

Opened in 1814 and offering a capacity of 30,000, the location of the modern Lord’s is not actually at the site of the first one that Thomas Lord opened. In actual fact it is at the third venue that he used. In 2013 it was proposed that the ground should be redeveloped over a 14-year period at a cost of £200 million.

Oval Invincibles: The Oval (London)

Player Specialty Batting Bowling Country
Sam Billings Wicketkeeper RH England
Alex Blake Batsman LH RH (OB) England
Rory Burns# Batsman LH RH (M) England
Laurie Evans Batsman RH RH (OB) England
Will Jacks Batsman RH RH (OB) England
Jason Roy Batsman RH RH (M) England
Jordan Clark All Rounder RH RH (F/M) England
Sam Curran# All Rounder LH LH (F/M) England
Tom Curran All Rounder RH RH (F/M) England
Colin Ingram* All Rounder LH RH (LB) South Africa
Sunil Narine* All Rounder LH RH (OB) West Indies
Sandeep Lamichhane* Spin Bowler RH RH (LB) Nepal
Nathan Sowter Spin Bowler RH RH (LB) New Zealand
Brandon Glover Pace Bowler RH RH (F) Netherlands
Saqib Mahmood Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) England
Reece Topley Pace Bowler RH LH (F/M) England

* Overseas Player, # Central Contract, RH – Right Handed, LH – Left Handed, F – Fast, M – Medium, S – Slow, OB – Off Break, LB – Leg Break, O – Orthodox

oval invinciblesCurrently known as The Kia Oval thanks to sponsorship, the ground opened in 1845 and has a capacity of 25,500. In 1880 it became the first ground in England to host Test cricket, with tradition dictating that the final Test match of the English season is hosted by the venue. Located in the Kennington area of London, Surrey County Cricket Club have played here ever since it opened.

Whilst it is obviously best-known for its relationship with cricket, it was also the first venue to host an England football match when they played Scotland here. It was also the venue for the first ever FA Cup final in 1872, then in 1876 it hosted England’s rugby matches against Scotland and Wales.

Southern Brave: Rose Bowl (Hampshire)

Player Specialty Batting Bowling Country
Alex Davies Wicketkeeper RH England
Delray Rawlins Batsman LH LH (S/O) Bermuda
James Vince Batsman RHRH RH (M) England
David Warner* Batsman LH RH (LB) Australia
Ross Whiteley Batsman LH LH (M) England
Liam Dawson All Rounder RH LH (S/O) England
George Garton All Rounder LH LH (F) England
Andre Russell* All Rounder RH RH (F/M) West Indies
Marcus Stoinis* All Rounder RH RH (F/M) Australia
Danny Briggs Spin Bowler RH LH (S/O) England
Max Waller Spin Bowler RH RH (LB) England
Jofra Archer# Pace Bowler RH RH (F) England
Chris Jordan Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) England
Tyrmal Mills Pace Bowler RH LH (F) England
Craig Overton Pace Bowler RH RH (F/M) England

* Overseas Player, # Central Contract, RH – Right Handed, LH – Left Handed, F – Fast, M – Medium, S – Slow, OB – Off Break, LB – Leg Break, O – Orthodox

southern braveCalled the Ageas Bowl because of sponsorship and known as the Hampshire Bowl when it hosted matches during the 2019 Cricket World Cup, it is both a cricket ground and a residential hotel complex. It was established in 2001, which is also when Hampshire County Cricket Club started playing their matches there. It was built to replace the County Ground in Southampton, which had hosted Hampshire’s matches since 1885.

As well as One Day internationals and Test matches, the venue has also played host to Twenty20 internationals. It was only able to host Test cricket thanks to redevelopment that was carried out in 2008, resulting in increased capacity of the ground. In 2011 the lease was sold to Eastleigh Borough Council when Hampshire Cricket Ltd was found to be in financial trouble.

The History Of The Hundred

In many ways, the true history of The Hundred is yet to be written, given that the event will take place for the first time in July of 2021, having already been delayed a year from 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Even so, there’s still plenty that we can tell you about how the competition came into being in the first place.

The original idea behind 100-ball cricket was proposed by the England and Wales Cricket Board in September of 2016. It followed discussions between the 18 different first-class counties, the Marylebone Cricket Club and the Professional Cricketers’ Association. They voted 16-3 in favour of the format being introduced.

The Competition’s Basis

cricket player running silhouetteAt a meeting of the 41 members of the ECB on the 26th of April 2017, a vote was taken on the idea of introducing a city-based competition. The members voted to approve the idea, with each county being guaranteed at least £1.3 million per year. The only three that didn’t vote in favour of the proposal were Kent, Essex and Middlesex.

Despite two of those three counties being against the idea, 31 votes was the amount needed to see it gain approval and it achieved 38 votes in favour. Kent chose not to put forward a vote, whilst Middlesex wouldn’t have benefited from the use of Lord’s as it is the only county that does not own its own home ground. Essex, meanwhile, had concerns that the limited number of sides would mean that the competition would have a focus in certain parts of the country.

Reactions To The New Version Of The Sport

cricket white odi ball sitting on grass

The reaction to the idea of The Hundred has been split from the start. Some felt that the ECB were making a misstep with it, whilst others felt that it would be a brilliant innovation that would bring new people to the sport. Joe Root, the England Test captain in 2019, was encouraged by the new format that he believed would see cricket gain a whole new audience.

One dissenting voice from within the sport came from Jimmy Neesham, the New Zealand all-rounder. Who didn’t understand why the ECB was so keen to change an already successful formula. A former chief of the MCC, Keith Bradshaw, seconded that, declaring it to be an ‘innovation for innovation’s sake’. Some cricket fans also took against the idea, especially those who would not be getting to watch the tournament in their home county.

There are also the usual criticisms that the idea behind the event is money motivated as much as it is designed for fans.

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