I watched both the women’s and men’s Hundred on television and to my surprise enjoyed both. This said I believe it has more drawbacks than attractions.
First is association. Neither Brighton nor Sussex have a franchise. The nearest venue is Southampton where the Ageas Bowl hosts the Southern Braves.
I cannot see many Sussex cricketing enthusiasts making the journey especially as some day it overlaps with a Royal London game.
Then there is allegiance. A fit Jofra Archer might play for the Braves but one of my favourite Sussex players – Phil Salt – is playing for the Manchester Originals.
Man of Kent Sam Billings captains the Oval Invincibles who at least have Surrey men the Curran Bros and Joe Clarke enlisted.
The players like it as for some it’s more moolah but for all that it’s another event piled upon an already busy schedule.
On The Rust we can speak our mind, even if it’s non-PC, so I will say it.
Woman’s cricket is not nearly at the same level as the men’s but in the tourney it has parity.
The scheduling is first, the women’s game of the franchise – then the men’s.
Will the public share the same enthusiasm which borders on a suffragette-like fervour for promoting woman’s sport by the sisterhood?
I doubt it.
I have always been dubious of the English summer.
This week its been glorious but expect abandonments with rainstorms predicted this weekend.
Thereafter it’s a lottery.
Certainly the ECB and television have got right behind it.
The ECB believe there is an untapped young market who want a simpler, briefer format – and I noticed that the Sky cameras went to kids enjoying themselves – but the football season will soon be upon us, kids like their own games so there is massive competition here.
I’m afraid it’s thumbs down.