The Hundred, cricket’s exciting new competition featuring the world’s best mens and womens cricketers alongside live music from The Hundred’s BBC Music Introducing partnership, takes place this August including four games at our very own Trent Bridge – the home ground of the Nottingham based team, Trent Rockets. The Hundred is as much about entertainment as it is fast-paced, explosive cricket...
Tell us about how you first started your journey in cricket…
I have a twin brother and it was our neighbour, because my dad didn’t play, who got us both into cricket when we were about eight. At the time we looked up to Ryan Sidebottom and Wasim Akram, both left-armers. Sidebottom was playing for England at the time and did pretty much exactly what I did as a kid. I was fortunate to play against him at the start of my own career.
Tell us about this year’s Trent Rockets squad…
Most of us have played together for three years now and all the overseas lads are good. It's always nice to play with Rashid Khan, he wasn’t available that much last year but he’s always exciting to play with. The fact we won it last year means we know we can do it, we’ve done it before so there’s no reason we can't do it again. It would be nice to retain the men’s title.
This is the third year of The Hundred. Do you feel it’s achieving its mission of broadening the appeal of the sport?
Yes, it goes that step beyond county cricket, the broader appeal, a different concept. The fact that it attracts more families with a great atmosphere, with a DJ, it’s always full and Notts itself is especially good for sport in general. Hopefully this will grow the game at grassroots level.
What does Trent Bridge mean to you?
Trent Bridge means a lot to me as it's where I started playing professional cricket so it will always be a home to me. Some people that go now watched me play back when I was 18. It's where I started my journey and that does mean a lot and to keep playing at the same venue with the same team is also special as you build those relationships.
The Hundred starts at Trent Bridge on 1 August, featuring live music from Dylan, with 3 more home fixtures throughout August. Each fixture is a double header featuring both the mens and womens games and tickets give access to both. Adult tickets start from £18, with under 16s £5. Don’t miss out – the final game against local rivals Birmingham Phoenix is already sold out so book now at www.thehundred.com/tickets
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