Today we have a protest poem by Mojo Wellington. You can read it below but I strongly recommend listening to the audio version here instead. He articulates what many of us feel about The Hundred superbly.



I Oppose The Hundred

For the simple fact

Professional cricket doesn’t need another shortened format


With T20 and one-day already in existence

Who decreed to proceed down the path of most resistance


There are ways to innovate and modernise the sport

Without the trashing of the existing band of travelling support


I Oppose The Hundred

The assault on the county game

The ECB ignoring fans, whatever they may claim


England won the men’s World Cup by the skin of their teeth

Failure to build on that success truly does defy belief


50 over cricket domestically downgraded

The World Cup barely lifted while the counties are grifted and raided


I Oppose The Hundred

And the scrapping of the Super League

Where’s the planning for the future in this mindless, thoughtless blitzkrieg


Why is women’s cricket being shoved into a corner

With all the tact and diplomacy of a sledge from David Warner


I Oppose The Hundred

And the patronising claim

Women and children cannot understand a complicated game


Cricket is convoluted, idiosyncratic in charm

The way to learn the game is by watching

Tell me what is the harm of making the sport more attractive, with tickets reasonably priced

Without a new competition where cricket is sliced and diced


I Oppose The Hundred

And its tinkering of cricket laws

The MCC abetting change it traditionally abhors


I Oppose The Hundred

Feel as sick as a pig

Seeing old players becoming lackeys in exchange for another gig


Hankering for the commentary box or a coaching role in one of the sides

All the while embracing a scheme that so openly derides

Existing fans faithful to their team

For the sake of a new competition replete with garish colour scheme


I Oppose The Hundred

Each team with a stupid name and draft pick rules designed by fools that complicate the game


I Oppose The Hundred

For I can count to six

A five or ten ball strategy play is not a simple fix


I Oppose The Hundred

The money thrown in the air

After Allen Stanford you’d think they’d take more care


The helicopter may have gone

But dear prudence is still playing second fiddle

To a political play, where the pawns in the game

Are the players out in the middle


Cricket was taken off free to air for the big money from Sky

But as grassroots have dwindled the ECB won’t eat humble pie


Instead they look at the franchised IPL and Big Bash

Heads have turned, 20 balls burned

By the allure of televisual cash


I Oppose The Hundred

A shameless rotten beast

Despised across the land from the south-west to the north-east


I Oppose The Hundred

For I truly fear the end of the county system is drawing ever near


I Oppose The Hundred

And the vast expense

How will The Hundred help a 50 over World Cup defence


I Oppose The Hundred

And am deeply cynical

Administrators truly believe Test cricket is the pinnacle


I Oppose The Hundred

And all it represents

The ECB still ploughing on despite all common sense


I Oppose The Hundred

Most of all because

The ECB and the powers that be don’t care about the likes of us


Mojo Wellington


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