The culmination of the third edition of The Hundred brings with it a trove of remarkable memories, star performances, and gripping conclusions. Amidst the array of dazzling displays and thrilling finishes, two cricketers, Tammy Beaumont and Harry Brook, emerged as luminous stars on the tournament’s horizon.
Tammy Beaumont’s blazing innings for Welsh Fire against Trent Rockets etched her name in history, as her explosive 61-ball 118 became the highest individual score in The Hundred’s annals. Despite this spectacular feat, Beaumont’s omission from the T20I squad left many questioning the selection choices, given her 99 appearances in that format for England.
Harry Brook, too, etched his own saga of brilliance with a swashbuckling century for Northern Superchargers against Fire. The Yorkshireman’s 41-ball ton, arriving just days after his puzzling exclusion from England’s 50-over World Cup squad, left cricket enthusiasts and pundits astounded. His scintillating innings, during which he rescued his team from a precarious 10-3 start to score 105 off 42 balls, underlined his batting prowess.
Meanwhile, the third edition of The Hundred bore witness to an astonishing occurrence – two hat-tricks in just three days. Shabnim Ismail’s heroics marked the first hat-trick in the women’s competition. The revered South African pacemaker accomplished this feat by taking three wickets in as many deliveries, sealing victory for Fire against Birmingham Phoenix by a mere three runs.
As The Hundred 2023 bows out, it leaves behind an indelible tapestry of extraordinary cricketing moments, showcasing the resilience, audacity, and exceptional talent of players who graced the tournament with their skills and spirit.