Op-Ed: Creating The Hundred's trophies with Thomas Lyte

20 Aug 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

As The Hundred draws to a close this weekend and finally, after an age of postponed events, sentiment shifts and exhilarating play, one men’s and one women’s team will lift the first ever Hundred trophies. 

As a long-standing partner of the Sport Industry Awards, Thomas Lyte were the ones to make those historic trophies, and here they take us inside the process of creating the inaugural honours. 

The two-brand new 100 ball cricket men’s and women’s competitions by the ECB, were planned for the summer of 2020. But it was sadly delayed a year by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Both maiden tournaments started with a bang in July 2021, where The Hundred Cricket Trophies were unveiled in front of excited London crowds. 

The tournament has since gone from strength to strength, and this week the finals of both men’s and women’s competitions will take place with the world-class players that have got them there. 

With our own world-class team of trophy makers, Thomas Lyte was humbled to play a role in such a historic moment for the game of cricket. This is the journey of how we did it…

Commissioned by the ECB in 2019 to make both the women’s and men’s trophies, the master craftsmen at our London-based silver workshops set to work making two identical gold sports trophies. The trophy designs were drawn up, hand painted and created in 3D by the custom trophy manufacturers' very own elite sporting trophy designer Trevor Brown.

Standing at 56cm tall and weighing just under 13kg, the two identical gold-plated trophies took over 190 hours to craft.

Once the design was agreed with the ECB it was essential to create technical drawings and digital 3D artwork. Thomas Lyte are specialists in bespoke trophies. Creating two identical handmade custom trophies simultaneously is not an easy task without meticulous planning.

After gaining precise measurements from these drawings the team engraved the template onto flat sheets of brass. Head Silversmith, Kevin Hart, then gorged out the lines by hand. This step helps to fold the sheets more easily into the shapes that make up the iconic tournament logo. 

The folded pieces of trophy were then soldered, filed, and polished ready for gold plating in Thomas Lyte’s plating tanks. The same tanks have been used to plate so many of the world’s major sporting trophies.

After a final polish on polishing lathes spinning at over 3000 rpm, the pieces are then assembled and firmly attached to the hardwood plinth. The smaller pieces are combined with a sterling silver pole that suspends the T, H and E, replicating the tournament's logo.

And now, as it heads to Lords this weekend, we’re all wonderfully excited. 

The Hundred is clearly a modern, dynamic, and welcoming competition, and this trophy design reflects that. We will be very proud to see it lifted aloft at the climax of this thrilling new tournament.