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The Hundred - Cricket: All You Need to Know

Following its inaugural season in 2021, domestic cricket's newest franchise competition - The Hundred - is set to return with the men and women's competitions starting in August and running into September.

The Hundred features eight teams in each of the men and women's tournaments from across England and Wales and the format involves 100-ball innings bowled in 10 lots of 10 deliveries, with bowlers bowling five or ten balls at a time.

The competition was introduced with the aim of drawing more families into the sport and sold more than 500,000 tickets last year.

WhatThe Men's Hundred 2022
WhereEngland and Wales
WhenWednesday 3rd August to Saturday 3rd September
How to watchSky Sports The Hundred channel, BBC Sport
OddsOdds: Top five - Southern Brave 3/1, Trent Rockets 11/2, Birmingham Phoenix 6/1, Manchester Originals 6/1, Oval Invincibles 6/1

Southern Brave could again be the team to beat

Among the key features of The Hundred is the way it is scheduled to feature men and women's matches taking place on the same day and that also applied to last season's finals at the Home of Cricket, Lord's.

After Southern Brave Women finished runners-up to Oval Invincibles in last August's final, the men's Brave team lifted the trophy later that same day.

Southern Brave got the better of Birmingham Phoenix in the men's final with Paul Stirling having been named 'Player of the Match' with a knock of 61.

Like last season, the format of The Hundred will once again start as a round-robin tournament between the eight teams with every side playing four home matches and four away fixtures. Teams will play games against every other side in the division as well as an extra match against the team closest to them geographically.

The side top of the standings then progresses to the final and those who finish second and third play in the Eliminator. The winner of that match then also progresses to the final.

At the other end of the regular-season standings last year were London Spirit, who lost six of their eight matches, and they got first pick in this year's The Hundred draft, bringing in West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard.

Spirit have also added T20 Blast talent Ben McDermott to their ranks as an overseas wildcard and, elsewhere in the draft, Andre Russell joined Manchester Originals, while Northern Superchargers brought in Dwayne Bravo.

Welsh Fire, meanwhile, added bowler Adam Zampa and batsman David Miller to their ranks.

The further down the division a team placed in 2021, the sooner they got to make their draft pick, but that does not seem to have massively hindered the chances of defending champions Southern Brave, who are 3/1 to make it successive titles.

Oval Invincibles were team to beat in the women's competition

WhatThe Hundred Women 2022
WhereEngland and Wales
WhenWednesday 3rd August to Saturday 3rd September
How to watchSky Sports The Hundred channel, BBC Sport
OddsOdds: Top five - Southern Brave 7/2, Oval Invincibles 4/1, Birmingham Phoenix 6/1, London Spirit 13/2, Trent Rockets 13/2

Southern Brave Women were the standout team in the first stage of The Hundred last season, winning seven of their eight matches to top the table and progress straight to the final.

But at Lord's, Oval Invincibles had other ideas, racking up a 48-run victory to take the trophy and they were helped largely by the performances of South Africa captain Dan van Niekerk, who finished as the competition's top runscorer with 259 runs last year.

Although trying to recover from injury ahead of the new season of The Hundred, Van Niekerk will once again be involved for the Invincibles and the women's recruitment process works slightly differently to the men's.

In The Hundred Women, there is no draft but teams are able to retain an unlimited number of players and are able to bring in new signings from around the world, provided they do not go over the salary cap.

This summer, for example, Nicola Carey and Heather Graham, who were both part of the Australia team who won the 50-over World Cup, have joined Welsh Fire and London Spirit respectively.

They join some of the sport's finest international talents with India batter Jemimah Rodrigues another to have announced herself last year with 259 runs in the tournament for Northern Superchargers.

As the build-up continues to what is again a much-anticipated competition, this year is sure to unveil more of the game's future bright lights.

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