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The Hundred approaches 500,000 sales

Almost 500,000 tickets were sold for The Hundred – the English Cricket Board’s (ECB) newest tournament designed to entice a wider audience – by the end of the first week of play.

According to figures released by the ECB, the total number of tickets to be sold lies around 496,000, which equates to 83% of the tickets available for the entire tournament. Around 89,000 of those sold were children’s tickets and 109,000 were purchased by women.

In the first week of the competition, 100,000 tickets were sold.

Over the first week, 103,650 people attended the grounds to watch the tournament live, with a record number of spectators for a professional women’s game recorded at Lord’s for London Spirit vs Oval Invincibles at 13,537. 

Sanjay Patel, managing director for The Hundred, said: “The opening week of The Hundred has seen world class cricket and millions of fans enjoying the action live at games, from home or online. To see over 8 million people tuning in and so many families and children going to games so far shows how the competition can support cricket in the future.

“There’s still a long way to go if The Hundred is to truly achieve its aim of throwing open cricket’s doors. But this is a promising start, thanks to the amazing talents of the men and women we have the privilege of watching on the pitch, as well as those bringing the entertainment off it, and I hope fans continue to be wowed with the show we’re putting on for the rest of the competition.”

Around 8.54 million tuned in to coverage of The Hundred during the first week, with a peak 2.5 million switching the television on to support the men’s opening game of the competition. Viewers of the opening game for the women’s tournament peaked at 1.95 million across the BBC and Sky.