Last updated on August 8th, 2023 at 07:48 PM
Three of the UK’s leading video gamers are set to entertain families this summer as they swap their video game controllers for the commentary box microphone at The Hundred presented by Compare the Market.
Amassing over 7 million fans, Captain Puffy, Dang That’s A Long Name and Solidarity Gaming will take over the mic for the first-ever live sports commentary of The Hundred created solely for young people – bringing a new and alternative twist to the high-energy cricketing tournament.
With one week to go until the unmissable cricket competition that fuses world-class cricket with blockbuster entertainment kicks off, which runs from 1st – 27th August, Captain Puffy, whose real name is Cara (24), Scottish YouTuber Scott Major (27), who streams as Smajor and Jimmy (27), whose online nickname is Solidarity Gaming will unlock a new level of alternative – and hilarious – punditry alongside Compare the Market’s Meerkat Characters and newest member, Carl the wombat.
Each social gamer will take to the commentary microphone on their own bespoke day throughout the competition, offering their match day review that will leave you in stitches on the following days and times:
Wednesday 9th August
Gamer Commentator: Captain Puffy
Venue: The Kia Oval, London
3pm fixture: Women’s Oval Invincibles vs Manchester Originals
6:30pm fixture: Men’s Oval Invincibles vs Manchester Originals
Wednesday 16th August
Gamer Commentator: Solidarity Gaming
Venue: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
3pm fixture: Women’s Southern Brave vs Birmingham Phoenix
6:30pm fixture: Men’s Southern Brave vs Birmingham Phoenix
Wednesday 23rd August
Gamer Commentator: Smajor
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
3pm fixture: Women’s Manchester Originals vs Southern Brave
6:30pm fixture: Men’s Manchester Originals vs Southern Brave
Stepping from the virtual gaming world to the real cricket pitch, there’s even a chance to meet the video-gaming heroes. On Tuesday 15th August, all three gamers will be at The Kia Oval, London, where they will be soaking up The Hundred’s entertaining atmosphere, giving gaming enthusiasts in attendance the opportunity to meet their on-screen idols in real life.
What is The Hundred presented by Compare the Market?
The Hundred is an action-packed, unmissable cricket competition that fuses world-class cricket with blockbuster entertainment.
With only 100 balls per team, most runs wins, so every ball counts ensuring an unrelenting surge of heart-pounding drama from start to finish.
In addition to the heart-pumping action on the cricket field, live DJs and music will entertain fans at the grounds, culminating with Brit and MOBO award-winning band Rudimental performing at The Hundred Final at Lord’s on Sunday 27th August.
The Hundred, presented by Compare the Market, features eight teams from seven cities, with men’s and women’s competitions taking place side by side: Welsh Fire (Cardiff), Southern Brave (Southampton), Northern Superchargers (Leeds), London Spirit, Trent Rockets (Nottingham), Oval Invincibles (London), Manchester Originals and Birmingham Phoenix. Each team features some of the best international and domestic cricketers from around the world, including players from the men’s and women’s Ashes squads.
In 2022, The Hundred attracted a total of 14.1m viewers across Sky and BBC. In addition to this, more than half a million fans attended matches, including a rise in family spectators compared to 2021.
Mark Vile, Chief Marketing Officer at Compare the Market, commented: “The Hundred has become a much-loved fixture on the summer sporting entertainment calendar, which Compare the Market is excited to be a part of.
“Connecting with your favourite gaming influencers in a whole new way allows for a new generation of fans to soak up the electrifying atmosphere the game has to offer, which will have you jumping out of your seats and wanting to pick up a bat and ball in your own time.
“With kids under 5 going free, tickets for juniors (6-15) set at £5 and adults starting at £10, it’s an accessible family day out this summer.”