The Hundred: Kate Cross proud to be part of history as tournament launches with womens game

Kate Cross relished being part of “history” after a thrilling opening game in The Hundred which she hopes will inspire youngsters to get into cricket.

Cross’ Manchester Originals side lost a nail-biter to Oval Invincibles at The Kia Oval as The Hundred launched with a women’s match in front of a passionate crowd of around 7,400 people.

“What a night! I don’t think we could have asked for a better opening game,” said Originals captain Cross, whose three wickets came in vain as Invincibles reached their target of 136 with two balls to spare, thanks mainly to an unbeaten 56 from skipper Dane van Niekerk.

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“It was a great game of cricket which is what the tournament needed to start it off. I am disappointed not to win but I said to the girls beforehand that we are making history. The result was irrelevant.

“We didn’t know what to expect from the crowd but I have never played in front of a crowd like that in international cricket, in the Big Bash, or anywhere.

“It is incredible and I hope it inspires someone to pick up a cricket bat and go out and play with their brothers and sisters because it is an amazing sport. Hats off to the ECB for creating this.”

✅ A historic moment for British cricket at an iconic ground
✅ A record crowd for a domestic women's game

Same again tomorrow! 💯 What did you make of that? ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/1vtE0VcH99

Sky Sports’ Nasser Hussain says women’s cricket is enjoying an “unstoppable” rise and feels the high-octane game between Invincibles and Originals will ensure crowds at The Hundred remain strong.

“I get sick of people knocking women’s cricket,” said the former England captain.

💬This is massive for the game!💬@Wongi95 says The Hundred shows how far the women's game has come and @NasserCricket is looking forward to another big match tomorrow!

📺💻 Jos Buttler's Originals take on Jason Roy and the Invincibles from 6pm on Sky Sports The Hundred. pic.twitter.com/sYlYxJ0D9Q

“We have just seen India play England in a fantastic series, we have just seen the quality of women’s cricket in [Invincibles vs Originals].

“It is unstoppable what is happening – the girls who play club and schools cricket want more, more, more and evenings like that will provide them with more.

“You have to ask yourself the question after every one of these games – are the people who spent their money to come here happy they came and will they want come back?

“What we do on Sky Sports is just fluff. The avatars look great but that is just the build-up. The only thing that counts is the 200 balls out in the middle.

“We could have the greatest show on earth but if the cricket is rubbish no one comes back. I think everyone who came enjoyed that game and will want to come back and have more of it.”

Watch more action from The Hundred from 6pm on Sky Sports on Thursday as an Oval Invincibles team including Jason Roy take on Jos Buttler’s Manchester Originals.

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