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Uncover the corporate hospitality on offer at all 5 major Test Match venues

England v New Zealand 2021 Edgbaston

This article will uncover the hidden gems in the history of all the key Test Match venues and the various corporate hospitality packages on offer.

England typically hosts two International Test Nations per summer. The tours are comprised of Test, One Day International (ODI), and International T20 (IT20) fixtures.

There are several Test Match venues around the UK and each one has its own unique history, quirks, and selling points. This article will delve into the key 5 Test Match venues and highlight some memorable moments at each ground.

The aim, to inspire you to secure your attendance this summer with Engage and enjoy premium corporate hospitality whilst England compete against the world’s best.

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Lord’s

Where else could we start when discussing Test Cricket venues. The Marylebone CC, better known as Lord’s or the ‘Home of Cricket’ is England’s primary Test Venue. Steeped in history this iconic stadium has seen every great and some not-so-great cricketers. From Bradman to Botham and Waugh to Warne Lord’s has been the proverbial mecca to players and fans alike.

Lord’s has been a Test Match venue since 1884 and has held 137 Test Match fixtures in total. England enjoys playing at this Test venue winning 55, losing 32, and drawing 50 matches.

The achievements board at Lord’s is for many seen as the ultimate success. To be forever immortalized in writing at ‘The home of Cricket’ is a symbol that the individual has reached the pinnacle of the game.

Engage provide a range of VIP match day corporate hospitality packages in our exclusive ICON facility. Fully glass fronted the suite is flooded with natural light and overlooks the Nursery Ground where players are known to warm up or train pre-match or during the game.

Our clients have had lots of photos with International stars in this area.

Exclusive ICON hospitality includes a cooked breakfast on arrival, VIP blocked and reserved match day ticket, a complimentary bar, 4-course lunch, and afternoon tea.

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The Oval

Since 1845 The Oval has been based in Surrey, a stadium iconic the world over for its history and unique gasholders that have overlooked each fixture since 1853. The Oval was the host of the first-ever Test Match in the UK and was the place the Ashes were created in 1882.

The Oval is now synonymous with winning the Ashes, so often the final Test Match venue in the series the urn is always lifted by the winning team in front of the pavilion. England’s Ashes success’ in 2005, 2009, and 2013 were well received in front of a packed house.

Engage offer a range of corporate hospitality packages at this Test Match venue. Both our exclusive ICON and LIVE facilities are located in the middle tier of the OCS Stand.

 

Both ICON and LIVE are fully glass-fronted and overlook the playing surface. Enjoy the spectacle from the comfort of your VIP blocked and reserved seats or step out onto our private roof terrace to stretch your legs.

Guests can expect a VIP experience including a cooked breakfast on arrival, VIP blocked and reserved match day ticket, a complimentary bar, 4-course lunch, and afternoon tea.

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Headingly

Headingly has been a test match venue since 1899. When full its 17,000 supporters are some of the most passionate. Located in the backstreets of suburban Leeds, Headingly has seen two of the greatest fightbacks by English Test Teams.

Everyone’s most recent memory of this test match venue was of Ben Stokes and Jack Leach seeing England home against Australia in the 3rd Test of the Ashes.

Stokes and Leach set a record for an English team by chasing their largest ever total in the fourth innings. Reaching 362 for the loss of 9 wickets.

However arguably more famous was the 1981 Test, again against Australia, when England upset odds of 500/1 to win by 18 runs. It was Ian Botham and Bob Willis on this occasion who rescued England.

Corporate hospitality at Headingly has been elevated in recent years as the ground has been redeveloped.
The state-of-the-art facilities offer the ultimate in spectator viewing with the Emerald Stand boasting arguably one of the best views in world cricket.

Engage provide a range of official VIP corporate hospitality packages at Headingly including The Emerald and Director’s Suite, The Century and Emerald Stand Boxes, and The Headingly Pavilion.

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Old Trafford

Old Trafford Cricket Ground is twinned with the famous Football Stadium and has been the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club since 1864.

It became a Test venue in 1884 and has been considered one of the great UK cricket stadiums since. Old Trafford is one of the few venues which hosts all three formats of International Cricket.

Recently developed Old Trafford now has an onsite and is pushing the boundaries of what a state-of-the-art cricket ground can be used for. Old Trafford piloted T20 fixtures to be followed by concerts trying different options to generate revenue.

One of the only grounds in the UK to offer accommodation through its hotel which has VIP rooms with balconies overlooking the playing surface.

Old Trafford has witnessed some of the most defining moments in cricket. From Tendulkar’s maiden hundred to Warne’s Ball of the Century’. We’re sure there will be many more to come, so secure your attendance today with Engage an official hospitality provider.

We provide a range of corporate hospitality options at this historic cricket ground.

The Century Lounge and The Captains Club offer a true VIP experience for you and your guests. So, slap on the sun cream and take your seats for the next installment in the history of this epic venue.

 

Trent Bridge

Trent Bridge, the site of two of England’s greatest achievements has been a Test Cricket venue since 1899.Corporate Hospitality Test Bridge

Comparatively speaking it is a younger stadium compared to the other 4 main Test venues in the UK.

This stunning venue is nestled on the banks of the Trent and is considered by players and spectators to be one of the most pleasant in England.

As well as its beauty Trent Bridge produces one of the best atmospheres at Test Venues.

The history of the ground is worth looking into.

In short captain of the county, the team built the pitch in a local meadow that belonged to the nearby pub. The Inn named the Trent Bridge Inn was the initial accommodation for players who were competing against Nottinghamshire, and thus Trent Bridge was born.

Engage provide official corporate hospitality for all International fixtures. The Dereck Randall and The SIX offer a premium experience. Allowing you and your guests to relax and soak up the day’s play.

England Test Match Fixtures:

New Zealand is first up for a 2 match Test series.

India will conclude the Men’s international summer with 5 Tests

 

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England Test Cricket : India win the series 3-1

Check out our hospitality packages for the reverse summer series – England v India

India v England

After a thrilling start to the 4 match test series for England, the series unfortunately finished 3-1 to India who came back spectacularly! It was a bowler’s dream throughout as the pink ball and incredibly tricky pitch conditions made the international stars on show look very amateur. The conditions have caused a heated debate for cricket experts and fans to explore, as the game fell away from being a tactical, traditional test match to a bowling shoot-out.

India v England

In the first match England, driven by their bowling attack on the final day have won by 227 runs in Chennai, only the second home defeat for India in 8 years in test cricket. Yet India have fought straight back with a comfortable victory as all 10 wickets of England were taken by the impressive Indian spinners.

In the 1st test Root’s double century in the opening innings gave England a hugely impressive start, as 578 runs was the target for India to catch. India managed 337 in their opening innings, giving England the chance to force the follow on, but their decision to add a few more runs on the board has proven to be the right thing to do.

To win, India needed a world record beating 420 runs to overturn the result and would have been happy to see the game out as a draw. But Anderson’s (3-17) destructive reverse swing and Leach’s (4-76) impressive spin bowling took the game away from India. Ben Stokes got the key wicket of Kohli who on 72 runs was starting to impose his natural game on home soil and Jofra Archer sealed the victory around half an hour before tea.

An outstanding, unexpected victory to kick of the series as India were strong favourites to win this at home. England need a 3-1 or 4-0 victory to find themselves competing in the World Test Championship and I wouldn’t put it past this incredible England team.

Unfortunately they can’t win 4-0 as India dominated the second test, batting first to secure a huge lead before bowling out England for less than 200 and ultimately cruising through this match.

Sri Lanka v England

England Test Cricket

This is the perfect time for the England Test Cricket team to be flexing their muscles. A significant test series win in Sri Lanka has set the tone for the busiest year to date for the International team. England’s Test, ODI and IT20 cricket players will be involved in over 40 fixtures this year depending on how far they progress in the IT20 Cricket World Cup in India. With Test series home and away against India and then the Ashes down under in Australia this squad will be pushed right to their bio secure limits. Consistency of performance throughout the next 12 months will be imperative. So to begin in Sri Lanka with 2 wins and in conditions that were pretty alien to some of the England batsmen is the perfect start to 2021.

The significance of an in form Joe Root

The England Test Cricket team over the last decade has typically relied on 4 players. The runs of Joe Root and Alistair Cook and the wickets of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. With the recent retirement of Cook the team has looked more and more reliant on Root and invariably when Root has scored big then England have gone on to win the Test. Obviously there are some exceptions to this, in recent years Ben Stoked has been winning games for the England Test Cricket team however I feel these are the exceptions that prove the rule.

It has been well documented that Root has been struggling to convert from his starts and has regularly been out between 50 and 100 hes currently sitting on a 30% conversion. Compared to  Virat Kholi, Steve Smith or Kane Williamson he is well behind and those are the players England will be coming up against this year. So it will be seen as a  huge positive and a significant step in the right direction for Root and England if he can make big scores of 150 or 200 +  like he did in Sri Lanka.

James Anderson & Stuart Broad at their best

Anderson and Broad who have been seen by some as bowlers who can only turn it on in England proved how valuable they will be this year with wickets, as well as their experience. Their combined figures in Sri Lanka were 57 overs 80 runs 9 wickets. Absolutely unbelievable effort in the conditions. The pair will be rotated to ensure they both remain fit for the full year (I will come back to this later) and I think this is the best policy. The England Test Cricket squad looks far more potent with these two legends spearheading the attack.

Make or break year

This will be a make or break year for Joe Root and this crop of cricketers. So to kick things of in Sri Lanka in such emphatic fashion is a huge positive and a great momentum builder before heading to India.

Do not listen to the nay sayers who will have you believe that a weak Sri Lanka did not pose enough of a test to act as a barometer before there series in India. To win a series 2 nil in Sri Lanka in the heat and humidity of the subcontinent and on pitches taking plenty of spin is always a  great achievement. To add to this the England Test cricket team captained by Joe Root have now won 5 successive Test Matches away from home for the first time since World War 1 a feat which will be hallmark of his tenure.

Throughout the series, players and backroom staff (inclusion of Jacques Kallis) have been able to bond and develop a team spirit in Sri Lanka which will be so important in the series’ to come. A togetherness has been a feature within any squad who have gone to India and have been successful. There will be tough times ahead and the bond forged in Sri Lanka might just see them through.

Sri Lanka will be returning to the UK to play in three ODIs and three IT20s in June and July. You can register your interest for these games now and explore the best hospitality package for you.

Squad Rotation:

The two words on every cricket fans lips at the moment are squad & rotation. The England Test management throughout 2021 have adopted a rest and rotation policy to ensure players are able to maintain a level of performance that is required in the Test arena. In no other format as an individual are you and your technique scrutinized as much as it is in Test cricket. In addition to this the players are now having to negotiate stringent Bio-Secure environments. Many would say this is a sensible ploy from the England management as no player can be expected to be at their best throughout a year with so much cricket, thus, rotating the players should in theory allow for them to peak for the key fixtures in 2021.

England have earmarked the IT20 World Cup as the most significant event this year alongside the Ashes. No one has managed to hold both the World Cup and IT20 World Cup simultaneously which is why those players who were involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) have been given time off. Its disappointing not to be able to have England’s best cricket team on the pitch at all times however in this significant year if England walk away with the IT20 World Cup, Ashes and a successful summer because of the policy then it will have been worth the sacrifice.

As I have already touched on this will be a make or break year for Joe Root and the England Test Cricket backroom staff. To come away from this year with a victory in India, Australia and the IT20 World Cup trophy would be what dreams are made of. Plus there is still an opportunity to be involved in the inaugural World Test Championship final at Lord’s. The England Test Cricketers have got off to a great start with a significant win in Sri Lanka but now only time will tell how the rest of  the year will pan out.

Venues:

Engage Provide a range of official match day packages throughout England’s Test, ODI and IT20 summer in the UK. To secure your attendance at any of the following venues do not hesitate to get in contact on 0207 048 4875 or Register Your Interest on the specific event page and a member of staff will be in contact ASAP.

The Ageas Bowl Hampshire, The Brightside County Ground Bristol, Headingly Leeds, The Kia Oval London, Lord’s London, Sophia Gardens Cardiff, Trent Bridge Nottingham, Emirates Old Trafford Manchester, The Riverside Durham

England Cricket Fixtures:

New Zealand are first up in a 2 match Test series.

Sri Lanka will be the second touring nation in England’s International cricket summer.

Pakistan are set to return for a One Day International & T20 series.

India will conclude the Men’s international summer with a 5 Test series.

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2021 Guinness Six Nations – Latest News & Updates

2021 Guinness Six Nations

The 2021 Guinness Six Nations – Latest News & Updates

France v Wales – Wales can secure the Grand Slam in Paris

Wales thumped Italy 48-7 to set up the possibility of a 5th Grand Slam and potentially the first to be completed on away soil. The seven tries by Wales were spread about the team, with Ken Owens scoring an unlikely double and the home side powered to a 27-0 first half lead before seeing out the game comfortably. England found themselves on the right side of a close game on Saturday as Maro Itoje lead from the front and powered through to secure a late winner, with TMO confirming the ball was down and over the line. France have now lost their unbeaten run and still have an extra game to play after the Scotland game in round 3 was postponed due to a covid outbreak in the France team.

Forget the fact that it’s hosted behind closed doors, there’s still plenty of key fixtures to look forward to. England will play for pride now and will be wary of an Irish side on Super Saturday with their tales up after beating Scotland 27-24 at BT Murrayfield. Eddie Jones’ side will be scratching their heads as to how the tournament got away with them so quickly.

Ireland v England – Behind Closed Doors Hospitality Package

A huge game on Super Saturday that may determine the final outcome of the Six Nations is Ireland vs England at the Aviva Stadium. After the success of our virtual event during the Autumn Nations Cup, we are hosting a premium hospitality package for guests to watch the final day in style. An incredible three-course meal delivered to your door awaits, where you will cook alongside Dylan Hartley, Alex Payne and Jimmy Garcia to deliver the perfect pre or post-match feast. You’ll also get to chat to a rugby star just before the match, as well as a beautifully brewed keg, bottles of wine, first-class snacks and many more additions arriving to you. Register your interest for the event and we can discuss this brilliant opportunity with you now.

Six Nations Preview

England and France were the form teams heading into the Six Nations. England having won last years Championship and the inaugural Autumns Nations Cup, will be looking to follow up with successive wins but also improve the quality of the rugby they play as a squad. Eddie Jones earlier this week outlined their willingness to play a brand of rugby which will excite fans.

“Maybe we haven’t played as well as we could have – and we want to play better,” Jones said. “Our goal in the Six Nations is to play better rugby. It doesn’t matter how many times you kick the ball, it’s the quality of rugby you play.”

France will want to follow up on last years success and will have been given a boost knowing they took England right to the wire in the Autumn Nations Cup Final with a team which was predominately made up of under 20’s and reserves. There is plenty of talent in this French team and they now have a defensive steel to boot. Watch out for ‘Les Bleus’.

Ireland and Wales will have been disappointed with their performance’s at the back end of the tournament in 2020  and as both squads are under new management at the start of this new World Cup cycle every player will be fired up and looking to cement his position for the long term.

Key fixtures

The Key battle this year will be between England and France at Twickenham. In week 3 of the Championship this fixture is at Twickenham however with no fans in attendance will England feel the home field advantage? The French shocked the English in the opening game of the Six Nations in 2020 which was played just after the 2019 World Cup Final. Unfortunately we all remember England narrowly losing to South Africa on that momentous occasion. Fans were expecting a response from Eddie Jones’s men however it was the French who in front of a packed Stade de France played some scintillating attacking rugby. Led by the two stand offs Antonie Dupont (9) and Romain Ntamack (10) The French rugby team tore through the English defence to rack up 24 points without a response. The second half belonged to England however it was too little too late and the rampant French deserved the spoils.

Ireland under Andy Farrell and Wales under the guidance of Wayne Pivac are both undergoing change. The senior figures are now looking to stamp their signature on the squad and the brand and systems of the rugby they want to play. Of the two it is Pivac who is under the most amount of pressure, taking over from Warren Gatland the most successful Welsh coach of all time. Between 2007 and 2019, Wales won four Six Nations titles, including three Grand Slams, and reached the semi-finals of the 2011 and 2019 Rugby World Cups. Tough shoes to fill and with only three wins from his first 10 Internationals and 5 losses on the bounce in the Six Nations, Pivac will be looking to prepare well and hit the ground running. On the bright side there is no trip to Ireland or England this year with both those two fixtures at the Principality. Although as we have already mentioned A trip to the Stade de France as both England and Ireland have shown is not an easy place to visit, with or without fans.

Scotland and Italy have struggled for consistency in recent years. Italy have taken home the wooden spoon on 13 occasions and will be desperate to turn their fortunes around. Scotland will be looking to build upon their win at the Parc Y Scarlets which was their first win in Wales for 18 years. Its great to see Finn Russell back for Scotland and fans will be excited to see how Gregor Townsend will get the best out of their forwards to allow their high flying back line quick ball to play with.

2021 Guinness Six Nations Venues :

The 2021 Guinness Six Nations will be held at The BT Murrayfield StadiumThe Aviva Stadium, The Principality, The Stade de France, The Stadio Olympico and Twickenham

2021 Guinness Six Nations Fixtures:

Round 1

6th Feb Italy v France

6th Feb England v Scotland

7th Feb Wales v Ireland

Round 2

13th Feb England v Italy

13th Feb Scotland v Wales

14th Feb Ireland v France

Round 3

27th Feb Italy v Ireland

27th Feb Wales v England

28th Feb France v Scotland

Round 4

13th Mar Italy v Wales

13th Mar England v France

14th Mar Scotland v Ireland

Round 5

20th Mar Scotland v Italy

20th Mar Ireland v England

20th Mar France v Wales