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Lord's, Hove to host the inaugural finals of the Hundred
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Lord's, Hove to host the inaugural finals of the Hundred

Lord's and Hove have been confirmed as the two venues which will stage next year's inaugural finals for the men's and women's Hundred competition.

The announcement was made by the England and Wales Cricket Board on Tuesday with Hove scheduled to host the women's finals day on August 14 while the men's finals day will take place on August 15 at Lord's, the proverbial 'Home of Cricket'.

Hove, in Sussex, is one of the leading grounds in the country that has hosted a number of women's international matches and has also conducted the Kia Super League finals day over the last three years.

Lord's, meanwhile, is not considered to be a popular venue in terms of T20 cricket making it a surprise pick for the Hundred men's event.

"The 'Home of Cricket' is a great setting for the final of this brand new competition, which will provide MCC the opportunity to welcome many more young people and families into the ground, including the Pavilion, not only for the final but across the group stages with our team, London Spirit," Guy Lavender, MCC's chief executive, said.

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The knockouts format of the Hundred features the top-placed team in the group stage advancing straight to the final, where it will meet the victor of the encounter between the second and third-placed sides.

The Hundred has been introduced by the ECB as an innovative format aimed at expanding viewership of the game.

The unique tournament will see teams bat for 100 balls each with overs comprising of 10 or five deliveries.

Amidst skepticism exhibited by traditionalists, ECB administrators have backed the Hundred as the need of the hour to attract a new audience.

"The Hundred is a really good way of protecting everything that we are serious about," the board's chief executive Tom Harrison had said in October.

"It's about protecting Test match cricket, it's about protecting four-day Championship cricket, it's about getting kids playing more cricket at school."

Oval Invincibles and Welsh Fire will commence proceedings in the inaugural season's opener on July 17.

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