Identical, The Hundred Trophies made in London
Thomas Lyte are obviously no strangers to being inextricably linked with some of sport’s biggest prizes and iconic tournaments, a lengthy list that includes the Emirates FA Cup, the Women’s FA Cup, the Guinness Six Nations Trophy, the Women’s Six Nation Trophy and both Men’s and Women’s Rugby World Cups.
By and large, these competitions are already well-established. So, to be involved at the outset of a tournament that has already captured the imagination of the country and cricket lovers across all genders, races and ages is incredibly special.
Particularly given the amount of hard work and inspiration that went into their conception and creation in our London workshop.
Originally commissioned by the ECB in 2019, shortly before the onset of the pandemic which caused a one-year delay to the start of the competition, the two identical trophies for the men’s and women’s Hundred are among the most distinctive in modern cricket.
The Ashes trophy may be the most prestigious in the sport, but the tiny urn has got nothing on the golden blockbuster designed by Thomas Lyte’s Trevor Brown. Creating the trophy was a painstaking process, involving 190 hours of work by our design team and industry-leading silversmiths. Standing at 56cm tall and weighing just under 13kg, the prize for winning The Hundred is as memorable as any of the big hits or swinging yorkers that brought the victors the title in the first place.
In keeping with the modern approach incorporated by the brand-new format – it’s cricket but not as we’ve known it before – Thomas Lyte used a very modern approach to forge two completely identical trophies. Leaning heavily on the very latest in 3D technology, Thomas Lyte used precise measurements to engrave the templates of both onto flat sheets of brass.
Hot-forging – an age-old process utilising temperatures in excess of 700 degrees Celsius – was then used to bring these flat sheets to life. Our plating tanks then added the golden touch, before our polishers set to work to bring the trophy up to its final finish.
The big reveal
Due to the delay of the tournament brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, by the time they were presented in front of a packed Lord’s crowd, they had been two years in the making.
Seeing the smiles of the winning teams and those willing them to victory from the stands, made one thing abundantly clear.
It was a worthwhile wait.