The Hundred, Oval Invincibles vs Manchester Originals: live score and latest updates

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04:37 PM

Good evening

And welcome to coverage of day two of The Hundred, featuring the first men's match between the two teams/franchises who opened proceedings at the Oval last night. Judging by the tone of many of the comments from that blog, the new format is unlikely to win over many converts from the ranks of those who have been implacably opposed to its conception, forced, let us not forget, by the counties' demand that it neither took away from nor copied any elements of the T20 Blast.

For those of you new to it, the essential points of difference are as follows:

  • Each side has 100 balls to face and deliver.

  • Ten balls will be bowled from each end, and the umpire will signal after the first set of five to allow the captain to decide whether the bowler shall persevere and bowl a full 10 or change to another bowler. Each bowler will be allowed a maximum of 20 deliveries in the match.

  • If a batter is caught out, the new batter will face the next ball regardless of whether their predecessor had crossed with the non-striker.

  • The powerplay lasts for 25 balls and during that time only two fielders are allowed to be placed outside the 30 yard circle

  • Each bowling side is allowed one two-and-a-half minute time-out during which the coach is allowed on to the field to discuss tactics with their players.

  • Contrary to earlier rumours, lbw has not been abolished nor will wides be punished with free hits. Only no balls called for players overstepping will result in free hits.

Some observations from last night: I thought Kate Cross's decision not to double up and bowl 10 balls in succession herself when on a roll and denying Sophie Ecclestone the opportunity to do the same cost Manchester the match. Don't think the time-outs resulted in any tactical masterstrokes but acted more like traditional drinks breaks in breaking momentum. And I thought getting rid of 'crossing' when the striker is caught out, meaning that a wicket-taker gets the chance to bowl at the new batter straightaway is good and should be considered for all formats. And they need to shave 5-10 minutes off each innings.

A lot of the criticism characterised it as 'vacuous' and that there is a right and wrong way to enjoy cricket. I've heard from people in the crowd last night who had a terrific time, and for some families it was their first experience of a cricket match and one which they are likely to repeat.

On these pages Simon Heffer wrote: "It seems a format designed to amuse the truly stupid, and I am far from convinced that the British public contains enough people of such a low mental age to make this a wild success."

I've been playing cricket for 47 years and following it even longer. I've got a son who plays regularly and a daughter who used to play. I happily undertake all the duties that requires - umpiring, scoring, net bowling and sometimes managing the team. I've been to more than a hundred international matches here, in India and Australia, not as a press box wallah, but paying my own way. I used to be a member at Yorkshire as a boy and spent many hours at Headingley and Scarborough. On the rare occasions my employer lets me out to go to games, I have reported on international cricket, the Championship and 50-over cup. I enjoyed last night and if that makes me one of Mr Heffer's 'truly stupid' it's a badge I will wear with pride.

Let's see where this ends. We won't know how successful the ECB's gambit has been for a couple of years, whether post-pandemic it can attract stellar talent from India, Pakistan, Australia and West Indies, broadening its revenues and reach.

Tonight's match features the cream of English male white-ball talent - Jos Buttler, Phil Salt, Matt Parkinson for the MO, the Curran brothers, Jason Roy and Sam Billings for the OI - plus a pair of reigning world T20 champions on each side in 2016 matchwinner Carlos Brathwaite and Sunil Narine.

Play starts at 6.30pm.

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