The ECB have announced the fixtures for The Hundred, with every single women’s match to be broadcast live on TV on either Sky or the BBC.
The Kia Oval will host the opening game of the women’s competition, with the Oval Invincibles taking on the Manchester Originals on 21 July – the day before the men’s competition begins.
The Oval will also host the women’s (and men’s) “eliminator” (AKA the 2nd v 3rd “semi-final”) at the other end of the tournament on 20 August, before the women’s (and men’s) final at Lords on 21 August.
The opening match and the final will both be shown on the BBC, with all other games on Sky. CRICKETher understands that the BBC have the rights to show 6 more matches, but the broadcaster is yet to make a final decision as to whether they will exercise this right and, if so, which matches they will choose.
The coverage represents a significant increase from what was promised for the 2020 women’s competition, where only the 9 double headers and the final were due to be televised. None of the standalone women’s group-stage fixtures would have been shown.
By contrast, in 2021 every match – apart from the opening day – will be a double-header, with the men’s and women’s teams playing the same opponents at the same venue on the same day.
Tickets for both games will be £10 for adults, £5 for under-16s and free for under-5s; with refunds promised if COVID means the games have to be played behind closed doors.
The full women’s schedule is below:
- 21 July Oval Invincibles v Manchester Originals, Kia Oval
- 23 July Birmingham Phoenix v London Spirit, Edgbaston
- 24 July Trent Rockets v Southern Brave, Trent Bridge
- 24 July Northern Superchargers v Welsh Fire, Emerald Headingley
- 25 July London Spirit v Oval Invincibles, Lord’s
- 25 July 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
- 31 July Northern Superchargers v Oval Invincibles, Emerald Headingley
- 1 August Birmingham Phoenix v Trent Rockets, Edgbaston
- 1 August London Spirit v Southern Brave, Lord’s
- 2 August Oval Invincibles v Welsh Fire, Kia Oval
- 3 August London Spirit v Northern Superchargers, Lord’s
- 4 August Birmingham Phoenix v Oval Invincibles, Edgbaston
- 5 August Manchester Originals v Southern Brave, Emirates Old Trafford
- 6 August Welsh Fire v Trent Rockets, Sophia Gardens
- 7 August Southern Brave v Northern Superchargers, Ageas Bowl
- 8 August Oval Invincibles v Trent Rockets, Kia Oval
- 9 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 “Eliminator” Match, Kia Oval
- 21 August Final, Lord’s