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‘The Hundred’ a step closer to reality as ECB endorses bowling regulations

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

The ECB board have agreed to do away with six-ball overs for ‘The Hundred’.

At a board meeting, playing conditions for what the ECB are calling ‘the New Competition’ were agreed to. The playing conditions confirm that each innings is to comprise 100 balls, there will be a change of end every ten balls, and an individual bowler is able to deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls with a maximum of 20 per game.

The ECB board also agreed to a new structure for the current County competitions, though the details of this are unknown at this stage, with the full five-year strategy from 2020 onwards and more details of the New Competition set to be presented to the whole game at a series of meetings in early 2019.

“The strategy, domestic structure, New Competition and CPA (County partnership agreement) are all interlinked so it is right that we share all the details – together and in context – at the same time across the game,” said ECB chief executive Tom Harrison. “This will happen in the New Year.”

There may well be more innovations to come, with several new features trialled in September.

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