The Hundred: Manchester Originals’ Phoebe Graham says the tournament is inspiring the new generation | cricket news

The women’s tournament kicks off on Thursday with the defending champions Oval Invincibles taking on the Northern Superchargers; Phoebe Graham of Manchester Originals hopes The Hundred can build on the football successes of the Lionesses and continue the growth of women’s sport.

Last update: 09/08/22 9:09 am

Phoebe Graham, who joined Manchester Originals for The Hundred's 2022 season, will be blogging for Sky Sports throughout the tournament (Photo: ECB)

Phoebe Graham, who joined Manchester Originals for The Hundred’s 2022 season, will be blogging for Sky Sports throughout the tournament (Photo: ECB)

Phoebe Graham looks to the women’s competition at The Hundred as it ties in with Manchester Originals and the tournament aims to build on the success of the Lionesses and continue the growth of women’s sport…

The Hundred is back and this time it’s bigger and better. Live music, live sports, back-to-back doubleheaders…is there anything better than this in domestic cricket?

The double headers kick off Thursday with the women’s match between the Oval Invincibles and Northern Superchargers headlining at 6:30 p.m.

Invincibles vs Superchargers

August 11, 2022, 6:00 p.m.

To live

We kick off at The Kia Oval, which is where the tournament kicked off in 2021 with a women’s game, setting a precedent and showing that this competition is about equality and inspiring the next generation.

Joe Root proved it on Saturday, signing autographs for 90 minutes after the Trent Rockets game against Birmingham Phoenix at Trent Bridge.

The impact this tournament has had on women’s cricket has been phenomenal. We have seen additional funding for women’s football, increased domestic contracts and, most importantly, an unprecedented year for women’s sport.

According to research, 33 million fans watched women’s sports in the UK in 2021, with 71 per cent continuing to watch more women’s sports. After being inspired by the Lionesses who brought football home last Sunday, this is just the beginning of what is to come.

England won the Women's European Championship at Wembley last week after beating Germany 2-1 in the final.

England won the Women’s European Championship at Wembley last week after beating Germany 2-1 in the final.

Perceptions are changing within society about women’s sport. We are being treated as equals and inspiring the next generation. The Hundred has contributed to that and I just want to see it grow and improve.

‘The best training environment I’ve ever been involved in’

The tournament was the highlight of my career so far. We played side by side with the men, had a ‘one team’ mentality and equal access to training facilities and the main stage.

I was a Supercharger last year, playing at my childhood course Headingley and alongside some of the world’s greats in Jemimah Rodrigues and Laura Wolvaardt. This year presents a new challenge with the Manchester Originals. Same concert, different home and bigger.

Rocket Originals

August 13, 2022, 10:30

To live

Kate Cross will lead our team with Sophie Ecclestone, Deandra Dottin and Emma Lamb also in our ranks. It’s been an unreal first few days of training, the best training environment I’ve ever been involved in. We have class, professionalism and hunger to win.

The internationals have not yet joined us as they have at the Commonwealth Games, but they will take our team to the next level. Our first match is at Emirates Old Trafford on Saturday against Trent Rockets.

We met as one team on Wednesday night to discuss all things Manchester, and the new signings showed up in a slouchy Manchester Originals cap. I am the lucky 37 and was honored to be introduced to mine by Jos Butler.

The Lionesses proved that growth in women’s sports is bigger than trophies and I want The Hundred to have a similar legacy and impact on society. This is just the beginning. We want girls to have access to our sports and practice them in their physical education classes.

I want my young niece Darcey to grow up in a world full of sporting possibilities (even if sport isn’t for you, Darce!). The Hundred is bigger than us, it’s about the game.

Women’s competition at The Hundred kicks off Thursday with the defending champions Oval Invincibles taking on the Northern Superchargers.

Watch on Sky Sports, including for free on our live stream on skysports.com and the Sky Sports app, from 6:00pm before the first dance at 6:30pm

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