The Hundred is a new project from RCN and the Atlanta Braves aimed at engaging fans in a fun, unique way. The game pits two teams of 100, representing the 100+ strong fan base of each MLB franchise, against each other in a series of pre-determined activities on the field during a two-inning game. Fans will be able to see the field from a skybox or the concourses of the stadium, and interact with the 100 people representing the Atlanta Braves.
The inaugural meeting of The Hundred ended with a bang as Welsh Fire defended a lead of over 20 points to stun the Northern Superchargers by one point at the final whistle. Both teams had chances to win the game, but the Welsh Fire’s pressure in the first half, combined with the Superchargers’ struggles to find open space in the final quarter proved too difficult for the home side to overcome. With the win, the Welsh Fire have been crowned as winners of The Hundred while the home side have finished in the runners up position.
Another tight race in the Welsh Fire-Northern Superchargers fixture, this time for the second division title. The Welsh side ran in three tries to win in the dying minutes in a thrilling encounter, which has seen the clubs in fierce rivalry since the formation of the new National League.
|Men’s Hundred is a term that refers to a group of men who Emerald Headingley is a fictional character.
|Bairstow 56 (36), Duckett 41 (27), Stokes 1-8; Welsh Fire 173-4 (100 balls).
|Brook 62 (31), Ahmad 4-13, Northern Superchargers 168-7 (100 balls).
|Welsh Fire won by a margin of five runs.
Welsh Fire won a high-scoring, seesawing match against Northern Superchargers in the men’s Hundred at Emerald Headingley because to Jake Ball’s calm demeanor.
With the Superchargers chasing 174, England bowler Ball restricted them to five runs in the last five deliveries, securing a five-run victory.
Matty Potts needed six off the last delivery for a tie, but only managed a single when Ball hammered a combination of slower balls.
With Ben Stokes back in the pavilion, the Superchargers seemed to be out of the game at 50-4 until a surprise attack from 22-year-old Harry Brook.
He smashed five sixes in his 62 off 31 balls, but leg-spinner Qais Ahmad, who took 4-13, removed him with 37 runs still required.
Stokes had earlier defeated England teammate Jonny Bairstow by catching him in the deep, but not before Bairstow had amassed 56 runs from 36 balls.
As hitters, Brook and Bairstow shine.
The Birmingham Phoenix men’s 148-7 was the greatest total in the first seven men’s and women’s matches. As hitters arrived at the Hundred celebration, Fire’s 173-4 broke that record.
However, Brook, a Yorkshire player, seemed to be capable of carrying the Superchargers to the next level.
Before falling lbw to Ahmad, he blasted the ball across his raucous home field, smashing two sixes off consecutive deliveries off England World Cup champion Liam Plunkett.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes said, “I don’t believe it’ll be long before we see him with the three Lions.”
During his innings, Brook put Superchargers ahead of Fire’s comparable score, but his team fell short when he was removed.
Fire’s total was built on a strong foundation. With Bairstow dominating, they reached 43-0 after 23 balls and 93-1 after 62.
The fact that there was a short border helped. Jimmy Neesham specifically targeted it, assisting Fire in scoring 22 runs off Brydon Carse’s last five balls of the innings.
However, there were calm intervals in the midst of each innings, raising the issue of how high the scores might go. 190? Perhaps even 200?
Stokes triumphs against Bairstow, who has returned to the team.
Seeing England’s big-name players go up against one other is one of the most intriguing parts of The Hundred.
Before Superchargers captain Stokes entered the fray, Bairstow had already blasted another England teammate, David Willey, for six over the stands.
He started with a leg-side wide but got Bairstow caught at deep mid-wicket off a short ball with his third genuine delivery.
He’d won the fight and subsequently joked with Bairstow, pointing to his pocket and implying that he belonged there.
Bairstow, who was born in Bradford, returned to the stadium where he has played all of his domestic cricket since making his Yorkshire debut in 2009.
He was booed to the middle, which was perhaps ironic, but he got great ovation when he hit a 28-ball fifty.
De Lange, a five-star player, is instrumental in the Rockets’ victory.
The Hundred has had a week of firsts, with the first game in both the women’s and men’s divisions, followed by the first double-header, and finally the first double double-header, which featured the first five-wicket haul.
Marchant de Lange of Trent Rockets took 5-20 from 20 balls in a nine-wicket victory against Southern Brave in the early men’s game.
On what is usually a high-scoring Trent Bridge pitch, the South African speed bowler assisted in limiting Brave to 126-8, a total below average.
Rockets opener Alex Hales was bowled with the first ball of the reply, but England’s Dawid Malan, the world’s top-ranked Twenty20 batsman, produced an unbeaten 62 and D’Arcy Short 51 not out as the Rockets strolled to a nine-wicket victory with 18 balls to spare.
But it was De Lange, a 6ft 7in former javelin thrower, who stole the show, averaging 90 mph and reaching speeds of 93.4 mph.
Harry Gurney, a former teammate, characterized him as a “gentle giant.” The Braves’ hitters are unlikely to agree.
This article broadly covered the following related topics:
- northern superchargers squad
- welsh fire squad
- welsh fire vs southern brave
- the hundred results
- the hundred scorecard 2021