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Audi became Sky Sports’ first-ever innovation partner this year and kickstarted their collaboration with the introduction of the Power Meter as a feature to the second season of The Hundred. The goal is to carry further innovation projects across to other sports within Sky’s offering.

Last Updated: 22/09/22 5:30pm


Audi became Sky Sports' first ever innovation partner this year and kickstarted their collaboration with the introduction of the Power Meter as a feature to the second season of The Hundred

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Audi became Sky Sports’ first ever innovation partner this year and kickstarted their collaboration with the introduction of the Power Meter as a feature to the second season of The Hundred

Audi became Sky Sports’ first ever innovation partner this year and kickstarted their collaboration with the introduction of the Power Meter as a feature to the second season of The Hundred

The game of cricket can pride itself on the elegance of a beautifully-guided cover drive, the precision and moxie of a ramp shot, the field perception of a reverse sweep. And sometimes, cricket lives for highlight-reel brawn at the crease.

Ever wondered which players strike the ball the hardest? Sky Sports partnered with Audi this summer to answer that question with the introduction of the Power Meter for the second season of The Hundred.

It set the tone for Sky and Audi’s ambition to implement further innovation across multiple sports within the channel’s offering, from golf to rugby league and beyond.

“Audi and Sky are two partners that have innovation at the heart of what they do,” said Tony Moore, Audi’s Head of Marketing. “Vorsprung durch Technik is more than a strapline, we live progress in all we do.

“It’s a real innovation for cricket and a real first for the sport, it features in both the men’s and women’s game. Audi looks for leaders in their respective field and in Sky we know we have a partner that strives for excellence, professionalism, inclusivity and integrity.

A look at the best shots, catches and wickets from the third week of The Hundred.

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A look at the best shots, catches and wickets from the third week of The Hundred.

A look at the best shots, catches and wickets from the third week of The Hundred.

“We’ve got big plans with Sky to create thought-provoking content that demonstrates the strength of our brand. This a great platform for us to be able to do that.”

The Hundred represents cricket’s biggest innovation in recent times, thereby presenting itself as a perfect platform on which to showcase the exciting potential of Sky and Audi’s collaboration.

“Audi is a very attractive brand for us to work with,” said Jason Landau, Creative Director at Sky Sports. “They talked to us about their values and drive for innovation and what it meant for them. It’s such an exciting start for us to be doing this with the Power Meter.”

The Power Meter utilises Hawkeye data to measure the biggest shots in both the men and women’s competition, pitting the Liam Livingstones and Will Jacks of the world against one another while highlighting the talents of the Lizelle Lees and Nat Scivers.

“We get asked a lot, who hits the ball the hardest? It’s a very difficult thing to quantify, it’s speed off the bat, launch angle, because if you hit it 90 degrees straight up that’s not what you want from the game of cricket, you want it about 45 degrees, and also distance,” said former England captain Nasser Hussain.

Highlights of Trent Rockets' victory over Manchester Originals in the men's final of The Hundred at Lord's.

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Highlights of Trent Rockets’ victory over Manchester Originals in the men’s final of The Hundred at Lord’s.

Highlights of Trent Rockets’ victory over Manchester Originals in the men’s final of The Hundred at Lord’s.

The Power Meter saw five additional Hawkeye cameras spread around grounds in order to accurately track the path of the ball from the bat to its end point.

Hawkeye data rated both the speed and distance of shots out of 50 before producing a combined score out of 100, with data bars visible on screen to animate each value.

“They measure speed off the bat, launch angles, and then they come up with a rating,” said Bryan Henderson, Director of Cricket for Sky Sports. “If Liam Livingstone for example hits a six 120m, smashes it out the park, then that’s going to get a rating of about 96, something like that.

At the heart of The Hundred’s introduction and early success has been its gender-inclusive appeal to young and new audiences in addition to long-time cricket fans.

This season saw families make up 41 per cent of ticket sales in a rise from 36 per cent in 2021, while 271,000 people attended the women’s tournament in a global record for a women’s cricket competition, the ECB announced.

Highlights of Oval Invincibles' win over the Southern Brave in the The Hundred final at Lord's.

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Highlights of Oval Invincibles’ win over the Southern Brave in the The Hundred final at Lord’s.

Highlights of Oval Invincibles’ win over the Southern Brave in the The Hundred final at Lord’s.

The Power Meter marks another injection of innovation to combine with unique on-screen graphics, the high-octane brand of cricket demanded by the competition’s short format and both the regularity and accessibility of games in furthering that cause.

“They want to know how far it’s gone, why it’s gone, what distance the ball has covered,” said former India head coach Ravi Shastri.

“When you see the Power Meter it explains the angles of where the ball meets the bat, it also tells you the bat speed which is so important. I think it’s a brilliant concept ideal for The Hundred.”

Where bowlers have long been able to cite their pace, the Power Meter has shed more detailed light on a batter’s specific traits. More information, more insight and, ultimately, more fun.

A look back at the best plays from the second season of The Hundred as overseas and domestic players starred alike.

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A look back at the best plays from the second season of The Hundred as overseas and domestic players starred alike.

A look back at the best plays from the second season of The Hundred as overseas and domestic players starred alike.

“We’re grateful for Audi getting on board with this, to have some help in terms of funding and putting investment into innovation is incredibly powerful,” added Henderson, Director of Cricket for Sky Sports.

“I’m really fortunate to be running Sky Cricket and one of the things I challenge myself to do is get something better every year.

“It’s really important to have new stories to tell.”

The Power Meter is just the beginning.





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Cameron Norrie books place in Korea Open quarter-finals with win over Kaichi Uchida | Tennis News

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Cameron Norrie is through to the quarter-finals of the Korea Open after seeing off Kaichi Uchida 6-2 6-2.

The British No 1 took a little over an hour to see off Uchida in straight sets and progress into the last eight in Seoul.

Norrie, the No 2 seed for the tournament, now faces Jenson Brooksby in the quarter-finals as he aims for his third tournament win of the year.

America’s Brooksby overcame Korean No 1 Kwon Soon-woo in their last-16 meeting, triumphing 6-3 6-4 over the home favourite.

Norrie has already won the Delray Beach Open and Lyon Open so far this year, and the Wimbledon semi-finalist’s performances have seen him move into the top 10 in the ATP rankings for the first time.

The 27-year-old is now aiming for a strong finish to the season which would ensure he finishes in the top eight on the Race to Turin and qualifies for a place in November’s ATP World Finals.





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Marlins RP Richard Bleier called for 3 balks in 1 at-bat

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Richard Bleier takes...issues with being called for three balks.

Richard Bleier takes…issues with being called for three balks.
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Is Marlins’ reliever Richard Bleier the first Jewish pitcher to be called for a balk on Rosh Hashanah? I don’t know. What is a stone-cold fact is coming into Tuesday’s game against the Mets, Bleier had made 572 professional baseball appearances over the course of 15 years — never in his seven big league seasons. He had committed nine balks before facing Pete Alonso at Citi Field with two outs in the eighth inning. His career total after facing Alonso: 12.

Yup, he gained a third of his prior career total in one at-bat, with all three being called by the game’s first-base umpire John Tumpane. Bleier is a lefty, so the closest jump to his pitching hand would be Tumpane. What move did the 35-year-old use to blatantly deceive the hitter? He was deemed to have not fully stopped his pitching motion with the ball in his glove.

Bleier was confused and a tad upset the first time it happened. He’d just faced three batters with the exact same motion and no balk had been called. When Tumpane called a balk loud enough where the field mics picked it up two pitches later, Bleier was visibly upset. When it happened for a third time, Don Mattingly, willingly got ejected — as well as Bleier, who was perturbed as he couldn’t comprehend what he was doing wrong while Jeff McNeil scored without the ball reaching the outfield. After an infield single, there were three easy 90-foot trots to score him.

The inning ended with an Alonso groundout and the Marlins ended up winning the game by the exact scoreline that lit up the scoreboard after McNeil crossed the plate, 6-4. Bleier became the seventh pitcher to be called for a balk three times in the same inning and the first to do it since Jim Gott in 1988, per the Elias Sports Bureau. He’s the only pitcher to do it three times in the same at-bat since 1900.

Umpiring quartets and teams bump into each other all over MLB’s circuit, so it’s hard to believe Tumpane and friends hadn’t seen Bleier throw before. And if he made the same motion facing the first three batters of the eighth inning, was Tumpane not paying attention? These were the first three MLB walks for Bleier, who’ll also represent Team Israel at next year’s World Baseball Classic.

[email protected]: Capps’ hop-step delivery analyzed

Punishing Bleier for a unique delivery is atrocious and comical. Look at how former Mariner and Marlin Carter Capps pitches the ball, with a hop-step similar to a javelin thrower than pitcher. His foot leaves the rubber with the ball in his hand. He’s literally closer to the mound and has a better chance at a strikeout. Isn’t that an unfair advantage? And Capps committed a balk zero times in his 129 career MLB appearances. If Bleier hadn’t been called for a balk in his MLB career before Tuesday, he’s not the one that has to adjust. Tumpane needs to keep himself in check. 



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Ajax 0-1 Arsenal (2-3 agg): Vivianne Miedema strike seals Champions League qualification

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After Ajax’s late goal at Meadow Park last week, the tie was finely poised and neither side were in much of a rush to give up much ground. While Arsenal did probe Lize Kop’s goal through Stina Blackstenius, both of the Swede’s efforts were far too tame and the home side were even more toothless in the opening 45 minutes.

Five minutes after half-time, however, Arsenal had their breakthrough. Unable to play a well-organised Dutch side, Vivianne Miedema grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and hit a fine finish to break the deadlock, as powerful as it was precise.

Manager Jonas Eidevall was vocal throughout, urging his team not to drop too deep, although at times it appeared as if the lashing rain under gloomy Dutch skies had drowned his voice out.

Although defensively sound, Nadine Noordam was inches away from teeing up Tiny Hoekstra, with the striker narrowly missing her connection for what would have been a tap-in following some intricate build-up play in Arsenal’s penalty box.

Still, Arsenal saw it out and capped off a fantastic week, albeit the sight of Rafaelle Souza limping off in the first-half will be a concern, as will Beth Mead’s withdrawal minutes after coming on as a result of a clash of heads.

For the 14th season in a row, Arsenal will be playing Champions League football.



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