MCC is thrilled to announce that Lord’s will be hosting The Hundred Men’s and Women’s Finals in 2023, as well as four of London Spirit’s group matches.
The Hundred returns for its third edition in August and the finals, which both take place on Sunday 27 August, will remain at the Home of Cricket as they have done for the opening two years of the tournament.
Lord’s attracted over 129,000 spectators for its Hundred matches in 2022 including a record 29,223 for the Final. The Ground also set the domestic world record for the highest number of spectators for a women’s match in both the 2021 and 2022 Finals.
Oval Invincibles have triumphed in both women’s finals so far, and they will be back at Lord’s in the group stages on Wednesday 2 August when they face Spirit in an eagerly anticipated local derby.
The Invincibles defeated Southern Brave in last year’s final by five wickets, as Marizanne Kapp’s fine all-round performance helped them retain the trophy. The women’s final was attended by 20,840 – a domestic record for a women’s game, breaking the previous record set only a week earlier at the Home of Cricket.
Southern Brave and Trent Rockets have been the winners in the men’s finals, and they too will both feature at Lord’s in the group stages this summer, providing the opposition for Spirit on Tuesday 8 and Saturday 12 August respectively. Northern Superchargers are the visitors in the fourth group match at Lord’s on Friday 18 August.
Rockets, aided by figures of 4 for 18 from seamer Sam Cook, beat Manchester Originals with two balls remaining in a thrilling men’s final last September.
The group stages will end on Thursday 24 August, before the second and third placed men’s and women’s teams face each other in The Hundred Eliminator. This will take place at the Kia Oval on Saturday 26 August for the right to play at the Lord’s the following day, with the capital set for an August Bank Holiday bonanza of Hundred action.
"The tournament has really come into its own over the past two years, and it’s incredible seeing it grow"
London Spirit and England Women captain Heather Knight said: “It’s amazing to be back for The Hundred. It was hard to watch the games last year with injury forcing me to miss all the action.
“Last year’s tournament was amazing at showcasing the talent we have in the women’s game and inspiring the next generation of girls to pick up a bat, and this year with the inclusion of the draft we continue to move forward. We can’t wait to be back out there at Lord’s in front of our fans.”
London Spirit men’s captain Eoin Morgan said: “I’m really excited for the 2023 season of The Hundred. The tournament has really come into its own over the past two years, and it’s incredible seeing it grow.
“Playing at Lord’s is amazing, especially with fans packing out every fixture. The atmosphere at every ground is brilliant, and it’s great to see so many new fans coming into the sport. After seeing the fixtures, we’re eager for the summer, and building on the team’s success”.
The Hundred at Lord’s:
Wednesday 2 August – London Spirit v Oval Invincibles – women 15:00, men 18:30
Tuesday 8 August – London Spirit v Southern Brave – women 15:00, men 18:30
Saturday 12 August – London Spirit v Trent Rockets – women 11:00, men 14:30
Friday 18 August – London Spirit v Northern Superchargers – women 15:00, men 18:30
Sunday 27 August – The Hundred Women’s and Men’s Finals – women 14:15, men 18:00
Supporters will be able to get their hands on tickets in two priority windows. MCC Members, and 2022 ticket holders will have access to tickets from late February, before a second window opens on 5 April for anyone who has signed up via www.thehundred.com. Tickets will then go on general sale on 20 April.
MCC will communicate with Members directly regarding arrangements in due course.
Games will once again be broadcast live on Sky Sports and BBC throughout the competition, after more than 14m tuned in to watch The Hundred on TV alone in 2022.
If you enjoy short-form cricket, the Vitality Blast will be returning to Lord’s from Thursday 25 May 2023. The Priority Ticket Window for Middlesex’s matches opens on Thursday 26 January. Please click here for more details.