Second edition of The Hundred proves to be a big hit with spectators
The Hundred Men's and Women's have been a huge hit (PC: Twitter)
The second season of The Hundred concluded on September 3, with Trent Rockets emerging as the winners of the Men’s Hundred and Oval Invincibles winning Women’s Hundred. The tournament, which came into inception last year, was initially criticised for being a 100-ball a side format, but this year, its popularity and viewership grew.
As per a recent report by the ECB which runs the tournament, much more tickets were sold this year compared to last year. 22% of tickets were bought by children, up from 19% last year; 28% of ticket buyers were women, up from 21% last year and 41% families gathered for the games, up from 36% last year. Through Sky and the BBC, the matches recorded a viewership of 14.1m people on TV.
The Women’s Hundred also saw an increase in spectators, with 271,000 people attending – This is one of the global records for a women’s cricket competition.
Sanjay Patel, Managing Director of The Hundred, while speaking to ECB, said that it was brilliant to see so many more viewers involved in the game this season.
“It’s been brilliant to see more families, more kids and record numbers attending the games this year. The Hundred is all about welcoming more people into cricket, and it has delivered on that again this year. It’s wonderful to see and hear so many families being inspired by a mix of great cricket and great entertainment."
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