Edgbaston will host the Vitality Blast Finals Day on September 14 subsequent 12 months, a reversion to a late-season showpiece after this 12 months’s July ultimate, because of the impression that subsequent summer time’s T20 Males’s World Cup could have on the English season.
Now, nevertheless, Finals Day seems set to happen a number of weeks after the Blast group levels and quarter-finals, with the T20 World Cup as a consequence of be staged within the Caribbean and USA in June, and the fourth season of the Hundred set to start in late July, per week sooner than this 12 months’s occasion.
“The transfer to September has been made because of the impression subsequent June’s ICC Males’s T20 World Cup has had on our England Males’s and Ladies’s house worldwide fixtures,” an ECB spokesperson mentioned in a press launch. “The complete males’s and girls’s home schedule is to be launched later this 12 months.”
Regardless of being performed exterior of the peak of the summer time, greater than 800,000 followers attended Blast fixtures throughout its six-week window, with the ECB reporting that the competitors had loved its second-highest superior tickets gross sales ever (up 16% on 2022).
Somerset’s victory within the ultimate, their first since 2005, drew the match’s largest viewing figures in over a decade, with a mean viewers of 427,000, whereas viewership for the quarter-finals and semi-finals have been up 64% and 12% respectively on 2022.