The Hundred: A Rundown of This Weekend’s Sizzle
Venue: Get yourself to the Kia Oval and Lord’s
Dates: Mark your calendars for Saturday, 26th August and Sunday, 27th August
Timings: 2:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. (Sat), 2:15 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. (Sun)
Coverage: Livestream on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, and Sport News Center online. Tune into radio commentary for all matches, plus real-time text, clips, and insights on the Sport News Center website
After a whirlwind three-week spectacle, The Hundred 2023 is barreling toward its grand finale this weekend.
This Saturday will kick off with the men’s and women’s eliminators at the Kia Oval. Winners, sharpen your spikes for the finals at the legendary Lord’s on Sunday.
What to Know and Who to Watch
Lineup and Schedule
Here’s your cheat sheet for the matchups and start times (all times in BST):
- 2:30 p.m.: Northern Superchargers’ women clash with Welsh Fire’s women
- 6:00 p.m.: Manchester Originals’ men go toe-to-toe with Southern Brave’s men
- 2:15 p.m.: Southern Brave’s women face the winner between Northern Superchargers and Welsh Fire
- 6:00 p.m.: Oval Invincibles’ men battle it out with the winners between Manchester Originals and Southern Brave
Are We Crowning New Champs or What?
The women’s faceoff guarantees a fresh victor since the Oval Invincibles, who are two-time champs, only snagged fifth in the group stage. Southern Brave is hoping their third try is the charm, after two failed attempts. Meanwhile, Welsh Fire is going for an underdog tale for the ages, and Northern Superchargers are also making their eliminator debut.
On the men’s side, it’s déjà vu with Southern Brave eyeing a second win, while their eliminator competitors, Manchester Originals, aim to avenge last year’s defeat to Trent Rockets. Oval Invincibles are also entering the fray for the first time in the knockout stage.
Swansongs for Cricketing Royalty
Two English cricket legends from the Women’s 2017 World Cup, Alex Hartley of Welsh Fire and Anya Shrubsole of Southern Brave, are bowing out this weekend. Their careers have been nothing short of remarkable, with Shrubsole notably snatching six wickets in the 2017 World Cup final at Lord’s.
From England’s white-ball skipper Jos Buttler to newbie English bowler Josh Tongue, the men’s matches are oozing with skill. Keep an eye on Southern Brave’s fast bowlers Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan, and the young gun Rehan Ahmed. On the women’s side, don’t sleep on India’s Smriti Mandhana or England’s Tammy Beaumont, among others.
Who’s Scooping Individual Honors?
Jos Buttler is likely clinching the title for top run-scorer among the men. On the women’s side, the competition is stiff, with only a 32-run difference among the top five. On the bowling front, Georgia Adams and Tymal Mills lead their respective divisions.
Keeping Tabs on the Action
BBC’s got you covered across multiple platforms, from live broadcasts to radio commentary. BBC’s sportscaster all-stars, like Isa Guha and Michael Vaughan, will be there for real-time analysis.
And just to jazz things up, Brit Award winners Rudimental will rock Lord’s between matches on finals day. So it’s not just cricket; it’s an extravaganza!
So grab your popcorn, sports nerds! This weekend is going to be cricket-tacular.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about The Hundred 2023 Finale Guide
When and where are The Hundred 2023 eliminators and finals happening?
The eliminators are scheduled for Saturday, 26th August at the Kia Oval. The grand finals will be held at Lord’s on Sunday, 27th August.
What time do the matches start?
On Saturday, the women’s eliminator match starts at 2:30 p.m. BST and the men’s at 6:00 p.m. BST. On Sunday, the women’s final kicks off at 2:15 p.m. BST, followed by the men’s final at 6:00 p.m. BST.
Who are the teams competing in the eliminators?
The women’s eliminator features Northern Superchargers vs. Welsh Fire, while the men’s eliminator pits Manchester Originals against Southern Brave.
Will there be any first-time winners this year?
In the women’s competition, there’s a guaranteed first-time winner. In the men’s competition, both a first-time and a repeat win are possible scenarios.
Which legendary players are retiring after this tournament?
Anya Shrubsole of Southern Brave and Alex Hartley of Welsh Fire, both 2017 Women’s World Cup winners for England, are retiring after this tournament.
What individual awards are up for grabs?
Jos Buttler is the frontrunner for men’s top run-scorer, while the women’s category is closely contested. As for bowlers, Georgia Adams and Tymal Mills are leading their respective divisions in wickets.
Who are the talents to watch in this tournament?
Keep your eyes peeled for Jos Buttler and Josh Tongue from Manchester Originals and fast bowlers Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan from Southern Brave. In women’s, Smriti Mandhana and Tammy Beaumont are ones to watch.
Where can I watch the matches?
The games will be broadcast live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, and Sport News Center online. There will also be radio commentary available for all four matches.
Who’s providing expert analysis for the broadcasts?
Expect expert insights from cricket pundits like Isa Guha, Michael Vaughan, and several others during the BBC broadcasts.
Is there any special entertainment planned for the finals day?
Yes, Brit Award winners Rudimental are set to perform between the two finals matches at Lord’s.
Feel free to fire away with more questions. Until then, gear up for a sports weekend that promises to be nothing short of cricket-tastic!
More about The Hundred 2023 Finale Guide
- The Hundred Official Website
- BBC Sport Cricket Coverage
- Player Stats for The Hundred 2023
- The Kia Oval Venue Information
- Lord’s Cricket Ground Details
- Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 Highlights
- Jos Buttler’s Career Stats
- BBC iPlayer Streaming Service
- Sport News Center Online Coverage
- Rudimental’s Official Website