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The Hundred is coming

The Hundred tournament features eight teams, representing seven cities from around the UK, these will be played from 17 July-16 August 2019.

Matches feature 100 balls bowled in blocks of five or 10, cities will field both male and female teams. Many feel it’s a threat to the game following on from T20 a move towards American style sports designed to suit a TV audience especially after the recent “draft”. This has been denied by ECB Chairman Colin Graves who said “We are changing cricket, you get resistance because nobody likes change. I played cricket for 40 years in Yorkshire and I understand where they are coming from, but the game has got to move on.

“Everything we have done has been in consultation with our members and counties. We have 80,000 members who have been talked to. Nothing has been imposed. They could have voted it down – they didn’t.”

One big positive coming out of this is that 10 men’s games and 8 women’s games will be shown on free to air TV. This should be really helpful in attracting young players to cricket. If this is a success will we start to see variants of the Hundred introduced into Amateur cricket at least at younger age groups and to attract more female participants to cricket. It will also be shown over the school holiday period to give plenty of options to watch.

Many will be cynical toward change but its clear from the fall in numbers of local cricket teams some changes are needed to inspire future generations into the sport.

 

The teams that make up the new league are as follows:

Birmingham Phoenix

London Spirit

Manchester Originals

Northern Superchargers

Oval Invincibles

Southern Brave

Trent Rockets

Welsh Fire (Tân Cymreig)

The tournament will run over a 38-day period between mid-July 2020 and early-September 2020.

There will be 32 games played in the regular season, with each team playing four games at home and four games away, before play-off rounds to determine the champions.

What happens if a “six” hits a member of public

Many local cricket fans will have spent the summer having strolled around local amateur cricket grounds such as Cherry Tree on Preston Old Road. Having seen the occasional six clearing the pavilion have you ever wondered about what would happen if the ball hit a passer-by?

Sure, we have all seen an odd window and a few windscreens take a hit, but what about a person? I am sure we would all first and foremost worry about the individual and hope they were all right, but what about the club and liability.

In August 1947 that exact incident happened, not too far away from Blackburn in North Manchester at Cheetham Cricket ground. Bessie stone was walking along Beckenham road when she was struck by a cricket ball and knocked out.  The fielder spotted her on retrieving the ball then she was rushed to hospital.  After receiving stitches and follow up treatment she recovered. However, 2 years later she sued the club.

At court the Manchester judge sided with the club, that it wasn’t a regular occurrence and more an unfortunate accident. Although the case was won by Cheetham CC she was granted leave to appeal so the case moved to London to the House of Lords.

Sir Walter Monckton was hired to defend the club at great expense. This was funded by clubs across the country as to lose could have serious consequences to local amateur cricket. The crux of the argument, and the idea that really scared so many other clubs, was that if it was possible for a ball to be struck out of the ground and hit someone on the head then an offence was committed every time cricket was played, even if the ball remained grounded and heads unhit. “I appreciate that goes a long way and seems to be an attack on cricket, but it is the logical conclusion,” Stone’s lawyer insisted.

Monckton successfully convinced the Lords that just because the club knew a ball might bounce into a road in suburban Manchester, it would not be reasonable to expect them to know that it would land on someone’s head. “The existence of some risk is an ordinary incident of life,” said Lord Porter, in conclusion, “even when all due care has been – and it must be – taken.” Porter suggested that if the Lords found for Stone, it would mean that no one could drive a car or fly an aeroplane, or for that matter undertake any activity that might, however unlikely, result in injury to someone else. “The remote possibility of injury occurring is not enough,” he said. “There must be sufficient probability to lead a reasonable man to anticipate it.”

So local cricket was saved, and Stone ordered to pay costs for both sides, a sum of around £3,000 – about £95,000 in today’s money. Even though she had dragged her local cricket club through the legal system for four years, she was not minded to do so. “Cricketers claim to be sportsmen, and I suggest that as sportsmen they could make a gracious gesture by offering to pay the legal costs they incurred,” she said. The cricket club did not force her to pay their costs.

Ever since this case the ruling is still quoted in cases up and down the country.

Credit to Simon Burnton form the Guardian and The Spin for the original informative article.