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New Sky deal alleviates ECB Hundred concerns, but counties still worried over wider impact

The Oval Invincibles celebrate winning the inaugural ECB Women's Hundred last year. (Photo by Tom Jenkins/Getty Images).

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The England and Wales Cricket Board’s divisive franchise cricket league, The Hundred, returns for its second season on Wednesday August 3, when Southern Brave takes on Welsh Fire in a men’s fixture at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

For the ECB and the English counties, the latest iteration of the 100-ball competition – the first that is likely to be completely free of Covid-related disruption – promises to shed further light on whether the concept is delivering on the national governing body’s commercial and strategic objectives.

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