Manchester Originals set for action-packed second year of The Hundred
- Manchester Originals men start with a derby against rivals Northern Superchargers
- Women’s competition starts Thursday 11 August at The Kia Oval after the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, with Originals women first in action on Saturday 13 August
- To find out more and purchase tickets (from 20 April 2022) visit thehundred.com
Manchester Originals men’s and women’s teams are back in action this summer as cricket’s newest competition returns to thrill crowds with more fast-paced cricket and action-packed entertainment for all ages.
The action begins with the visit of Northern Superchargers for a standalone men’s derby on Friday 5 August. Originals men’s team will then travel to London Spirit on Monday 8 August.
Due to the inclusion of women’s cricket in the Commonwealth Games programme, The Hundred women’s competition will start a few days after the men’s this year. However, once the women’s competition starts on 11 August the fixtures will revert to the popular double-header format, with both men’s and women’s teams playing on the same day – with tickets entitling fans to watch both games.
Originals’ women will first be in action in the double header will be against Trent Rockets on Saturday 13 August. Tickets for double-headers give people access to both games.
Overall, Emirates Old Trafford will host four Manchester Originals matchdays in August:
- Friday 5 August: Manchester Originals v Northern Superchargers, Emirates Old Trafford men 18:30
- Saturday 13 August: Manchester Originals v Trent Rockets, Emirates Old Trafford, women 11:00, men 14:30
- Tuesday 16 August: Manchester Originals v Welsh Fire, Emirates Old Trafford, women 15:00, men 18:30
- Wednesday 31 August: Manchester Originals v Oval Invincibles, Emirates Old Trafford, women 15:00, men 18:30
Stadiums were packed out last year as crowds enjoyed world-class cricket alongside entertainment from top music acts including Jax Jones and Becky Hill as well as. The Hundred’s ongoing partnership with BBC Music Introducing guarantees another year of top tier live music and performances throughout the competition.
The Hundred will begin this year with defending men’s champions Southern Brave taking on Welsh Fire at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday 3 August. Inaugural women’s winners Oval Invincibles will host Northern Superchargers in the first men’s and women’s double header on Thursday 11 August. Group stages will end on Wednesday 31 August before the second and third placed teams face each other at the Ageas Bowl in The Hundred Eliminator on Friday 2 September. The winners will face the top ranked team in The Hundred Final on Saturday 3 September at Lord’s.
Sophie Ecclestone, top ranked IT20 bowler in the world and 2021 Manchester Origionals star said, “Last summer was really fun. It was so enjoyable to be involved in the first year of The Hundred. It meant a lot to see such big crowds and we can’t wait to go again! The Hundred is going to be even better in year two, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Tickets will remain unbelievable value for families with prices set at £5 for under 16s and free for children aged five and under. There will be even more activities around the ground to entertain families alongside the world class cricket on the pitch. And ticket buyers will be able to choose their own seats this year with family-friendly zones in every venue.
Fans will be able to get their hands on tickets in two priority windows, firstly for 2021 tickets holders, attendees and members in late February and a second window on 31 March for anyone who has signed up via thehundred.com. Tickets will then go on general sale on 20 April.
Games will once again be broadcast live on Sky Sports and BBC throughout the competition after more than 16m tuned in to watch The Hundred on TV alone in 2021.
Tickets will go on general sale on Wednesday 20 April on thehundred.com. For 2021 tickets holders, attendees and members, tickets will be available in late February. A second window will open on Thursday 31 March for anyone who has signed up at thehundred.com for priority ticket access to this year’s event.
Sanjay Patel, Managing Director for The Hundred said, “The Hundred helped grow the game last year. With more than 500,000 tickets sold and issued and 16 million watching on TV – with half of them being new to cricket - we saw a new audience enjoying the game for the first time. We can’t wait to build on that this year, bringing world class cricket and an incredible family day out to fans across England and Wales.”
The first year of The Hundred saw 510,000 tickets sold and issued as the competition welcomed new and existing fans. Grounds across the country posted sell-outs and 19% of all tickets sold were for under 16s. 55% of ticket buyers for The Hundred hadn’t bought a ticket for cricket in this country before while attendances across the competition were the highest for a women’s cricket event globally ever.
Manchester Originals fixtures
Friday 5 August: Manchester Originals v Northern Superchargers, Emirates Old Trafford (men’s) 18:30
Monday 8 August: London Spirit v Manchester Originals, Lord’s (men’s) 18:30
Saturday 13 August: Manchester Originals v Trent Rockets, Emirates Old Trafford, women 11:00, men 14:30
Tuesday 16 August: Manchester Originals v Welsh Fire, Emirates Old Trafford, women 15:00, men 18:30
Thursday 18 August: Southern Brave v Manchester Originals, Ageas Bowl, women 15:30, men 19:00
Sunday 21 August: Northern Superchargers v Manchester Originals, Headingley, women 15:30, men 19:00
Sunday 28 August: Birmingham Phoenix v Manchester Originals, Edgbaston, women 15:30, men 19:00
Wednesday 31 August: Manchester Originals v Oval Invincibles, Emirates Old Trafford, women 15:00, men 18:30
Friday 2 September: Hundred Eliminator, Ageas Bowl, women 15:00, men 18:30
Saturday 3 September: Hundred Final, Lord's, women 15:00, men 18:30