There is still life in the old dog yet

The Hundred, The Hundred, bla, bla, bla. Sports fans, we love our cricket here, but there is a time when a line needs to be drawn. Cricket, has been in the headlines for the excessive matches in the calendar.

Ben Stokes, the England test captain and 50 over world champion with England, retired from the ODI format for reasons, which citing a heavy workload. The ECB propaganda will say The Hundred has been a success, but cricket fans we have our eyes open.

Players like Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow and many, many more have of course withdrawn from this year’s event. As stated on previous occasions, innovations in cricket, great well done, T20 cricket .. superb.

But The Hundred, it’s trash. Why? Because cricket is an afterthought, cricket fans get a concert first and cricket match second. This is cricket, one of the best sports in the world, this might work for The Super Bowl, but don’t turn cricket into this.

If you’re a young player, trying to find your way in the game, then maybe, maybe! You can benefit from The Hundred, but what’s wrong with traditional county cricket?

Players like Eoin Morgan, playing in this tournament, I would say fair enough. The former England captain, who had been horribly out of form for a year and more than that, could arguably just work on seeing ball and hitting ball, the format is that short.

The Hundred, a waste of time and adding to the cricket calendar, unnecessarily has got even weaker as thankfully players are putting cricket over a quick buck.

Nothing wrong with making money, footballers make bucket loads, but it’s like going to the Qatar league for example. Sports fans, you can see my dislike for The Hundred, and you know why.

As you have been brainwashed by the ECB, let’s make you aware you would have missed the Royal London Cup. Cricket is facing an identity crisis as it’s not sure how to modify itself.

But, one format that should stay is the 50-over format. Today was semi-finals day with Lancashire facing Sussex with Kent and Hampshire facing off in the second semi-final.

In both games, I am delighted to say 300 + runs were scored by the team batting first. The Kent game, was indeed a thriller, with Joe Denly’s Kent side squeezing through by three wickets.

Chasing 311 to win, they slumped to 181-5 and 286-7 but Darren Stevens (84 not out), who will be leaving the County, steadied the ship and helped them win a superb game of cricket by three wickets.

A superb advert for the 50-over game, a crying shame that Hampshire have fallen short at this stage. Skipper Nick Gubbins (75) as well as Felix Organ and Aneurin Donald (both 54), did help the home side post a score which appeared above par, until Stevens’ heroics.

In the other game, a sparkling 89-ball century from four-day captain Dane Vilas helped Lancashire to a crushing 65-run win over Sussex at Hove. South African Vilas was well supported by George Lavelle (50) and Danny Lamb (57), to help visitors Lancashire post a challenging 319-8.

Sussex in response did lose Tom Alsop, quite cheaply but Sussex’s star man Ali Orr, who hit 206 earlier in the tournament, made 71 here. He was well supported by Tom Haines (49), but Lancashire captain Keaton Jennings used his bowlers well and Lamb (2-37) and Will Williams (3-60), helped The Red Rose through to the final.

Kent and Lancashire will compete for the Royal London Cup on Saturday 17th September. What a great advert for the 50-over game, who said this format is finished?

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