A concrete fixture of the Brummie summer

I didn’t think it was medically possible to be as excited about the return of The Hundred as I am, right now. Bathing in the setting sun at Edgbaston as fours and sixes get slogged about the place is rapidly becoming a concrete fixture of the Brummie summer and the new signings at Birmingham Phoenix mean we have every chance of coming out on top.

The exhilarating 100-ball competition is returning for its fourth year, with each match day featuring both men’s and women’s games back-to-back, making the ticket fee a bargain.

The first fixture will see the Phoenix up against Southampton’s Southern Brave on Saturday August 3, with the women’s game getting underway at 11am and the men taking to the pitch from 2.30pm.

Returning for the fourth year running, local hero Moeen Ali will be taking on the captaincy of the men’s team, and he'll be joined by, get this, Naseem Shah – Pakistan’s fast bowling superstar. Heading up the women’s team is Australian world champion, Ellyse Perry — probably the best female all-rounder in the world. So yeah, we're going into 2024 seriously.

Following the first game, Birmingham Phoenix will then play Northern Superchargers (August 6), Midlands rivals Trent Rockets (August 12), and finally "them lot", the Manchester Originals (August 15). More than 11,000 tickets are already sold for the first game and the family-friendly atmosphere is invariably buzzing. 

Tickets are available from just £5 for under 16s, with adult tickets starting from £17. There’s also dedicated family seating at Edgbaston, a resident DJ, live music and pyro that will wow every kid... and most dads. 

For the uninitiated, The Hundred launched in 2021 bringing together high-octane cricket with spectacular entertainment. It's incredibly easy to get your head around (it's 100 balls bowled each and whoever scores the most runs wins) and is the absolute antidote to five day-long matches that could end in a draw. Long may it continue. Tickets