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The Hundred. Cricket like never before. Are you ready?

The-Hundred

The Hundred is coming to a cricket ground near you – Summer 2020

Innovative, exciting, explosive, uncharted, rebellion, all words to describe the English answer to the T20, a game developed by the Brits but which has become a global phenomenon.

Australia, South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan have created commercially viable tournaments but none more so than the Indian Premier League (IPL). To give an idea of the scale of this behemoth in 2015 the IPL contributed eleven billion rupees to the GDP of the Indian economy. A staggering tournament which in global broadcast rights stakes is second only to the Premier League (English Football) and The NFL (American Football).

The Hundred you would think would have a lot to do to catch up with the T20 brand, however, this new innovative game is positioned to be inclusive, aimed at the younger generation of non- cricketers aiming to inspire the next Ben Stokes or Jofra Archer to take up this global game. This is highlighted in two ways, firstly the tournament will be played throughout June and July (UK summer holidays) to allow the greatest amount of families to attend and secondly will be free to air on the BBC making the new competition accessible to those who are unable to attend live games.

In brief The Hundred will be played across 7 cities, with 8 franchises of both men & women. Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, London (two teams), Manchester, Nottingham and Southampton. Innings will last 100 balls and take just over an hour to complete.

Birmingham Phoenix Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Pat Brown Amy Jones, Kirstie Gordon
London Spirit Rory Burns, Dan Lawrence, Eoin Morgan Heather Knight, Freya Davies
Manchester Originals Jos Buttler, Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone
Northern Superchargers Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Willey Lauren Winfield, Linsey Smith
Oval Invincibles Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Jason Roy Laura Marsh, Fran Wilson
Southern Brave Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, James Vince Anya Shrubsole, Danni Wyatt
Trent Rockets Joe Root, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt
Welsh Fire Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Colin Ingram Katie George, Bryony Smith

On 20 October, the remaining places in the 15-man squads will be filled via a full draft – West Indies opener Chris Gayle and Australia batsman Steve Smith are among those to have made themselves available for the tournament.

Trent Rockets will select first in the draft, following a random draw, and teams are allowed a maximum of three overseas players. The draft will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website.

There are seven set salary bands, with up to two players to be picked at each of the following levels: £125,000, £100,000, £75,000, £60,000, £50,000, £40,000 and £30,000.

New competition. New rules.

All you traditionalists brace yourselves for some rebellious revelations.

  • It’s 100 balls per innings. Whoever scores the most runs wins.
  • The fielding side change ends after 10 balls.
  • Bowlers deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls. The captain decides.
  • Each bowler can deliver a maximum of 20 balls per game.
  • Each bowling side gets a strategic timeout of up to two and a half minutes.
  • The coach can walk out to the middle of the ground and discuss tactics with their players mid game.
  • A 25-ball powerplay for each team.
  • Two fielders are allowed outside of the initial 30-yard circle during the powerplay. A match of The Hundred will last two and a half hours.

Register your interest today to be a part of this exciting new tournament!

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“Short & sweet” Your intro to the Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup gets underway in Japan today, 153 years in the making.

First played in Japan’s treaty ports, popular participation from Universities began in 1899 yet it would be another 33 years until Japan competed in their first International against Canada.

A country full of intrigue with its fascinating and multifaceted culture. Steeped in the deepest of traditions dating back thousands of years Japan is now on the frontier of popular culture with continually shifting fads, fashions and technological developments.

The 2019 World Cup is the 9th time the Webb Ellis trophy has been competed and the first time  outside of a test playing nation. The IRB have chosen a fantastic location to hold this year’s tournament, testament to their decision 16,000 fans arrived for Wales’ first training session in Toyota.

In short, 20 teams will compete across 4 groups over 12 stadia. The top two teams from each group will progress to the Quarter Finals, followed by two semi’s and the Final on the 2nd  November 2019 in the International Stadium Yokohama. New Zealand are the current World Champs having successfully negotiated two back to back tournaments.

One would suspect this year the outcome is not pre-determined which will only fuel the excitement and suspense for this incredible occasion. The top five teams in the World are currently Ireland, New Zealand, England, South Africa and Wales; each would argue they will be crowned 2019 World Champions.

The 2020 Guinness Six Nations will follow the World Cup and three of the top five teams are at Twickenham. England host Ireland on the 23rd February followed by the reigning Grand Slam Champions Wales on 7th March.

Engage provide official onsite hospitality within the coveted ICON Club. Arrive to a Champagne reception followed by a four-course lunch hosted by Rugby legends. VIP match seating and a post-match reception with match day player appearances makes for an unforgettable day at HQ.

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England Cricket Summer Review

England v Pakistan Cricket World Cup Hospitality

This Summer has proven to be not only one of the warmest on record but also one of the most productive for an England Cricket team in a long while. Engage’s Nicholas Gibbens takes a look back at the Summer of 2018.

England v Pakistan

England were off to a sluggish start against Pakistan back in May, when at Lord’s, Home of Cricket they were beaten comprehensively within 4 days by a margin of 9 wickets.

A lot of soul searching was needed after a below-par winter in Australia and New Zealand, and there were more questions than answers when the teams headed to Headingley for the second test.

A hallmark of this England team under Root has been inconsistency, unbeatable one week and then undesirable the next. The Leeds Test was no different, a revitalized England team, spearheaded by the dependable Anderson & Broad partnership, bowled Pakistan out twice in conditions that have historically suited English bowlers.

Returning to the Test team at Lord’s  a decision made by the newly appointed head of selectors Ed Smith  Jos Butler along with a young Dom Bess put in match-winning performances. A great start for Smith and his new team of selectors.

In short, Butler’s selection had come off the back of an effective IPL, where he saw five 50+ scores in a row  equaling the record alongside the great Mahendra Singh Dhoni. After one of the most fruitful summers for any England batsman, I think we will be seeing Butler in Test Whites for years to come.

England v Scotland

A move to white ball Cricket with a one off ODI against Scotland would see the most exciting game between these two teams in the history of the fixture. Scotland racking up 371/5 in their 50 overs on a very small Edinburgh Grange ground. England ‘only’ mustered 365 in response. Cue the celebrations.

England v Australia

Due to the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 Australia would be entertained a year early in five ODI’s and one T20. Australia were missing 5 front line players due to injury and various misdemeanors allowing a full strength England to show their class in the white ball format; winning five out of five, and breaking the record for the highest ODI total along the way. The T20 did little to halt English momentum, completing the whitewash at Edgbaston.

England v India

India’s arrival halted the English summer party, comprehensively winning their opening contest in conditions more reminiscent of Mumbai than Manchester. India was always going to provide much sterner competition, and with the little known Kuldeep Yadav in their line up bamboozling English batsmen, the true contest of the summer was beginning. England leveled the series but the final matched proved decisive as India took the T20 Series 2- 1.

England wrapped up the ODI series 2 – 1 with back to back hundreds from Captain Root (Drop the mic). A timely return to form leading into a five tests. However, it turned out that the Test Series was dominated by one man, Virat Kholi scoring 593 runs at an average of 59.30; at times taking on England’s bowling attack single handed. Special mentions for Jos Butler England’s top batsmen and player of the summer, Alistair Cook who retires as England’s GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), James Anderson who is now the leading Fast Bowler in Tests with 540 wickets, and finally Sam Curran who has burst onto the Test scene with both ball and bat. A man, and hopefully a team, with a very bright future ahead.

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Joshua vs Povetkin — Who Will Win?

Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin VIP Hospitality

Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin – two national heroes will step into the ring on the 22nd of September in the iconic Wembley arena. All eyes will be on the two men as they seek weakness, and any chinks in their opponent’s defence. 12 rounds of World Class boxing to be savoured; however with only Joseph Parker going the distance against AJ, can Povetkin cause an upset, or will it be job done as usual for Joshua?

A familiarity has grown with the success Joshua has achieved at Wembley, and the 22nd will be no different. Apart from his points win against Parker, every other bout Joshua has won by either KO or TKO. What can the impressive Russian athlete do to upset the baying London crowd? Is there any way to stop the warrior from Watford, who in his own words is “prepared to go into the trenches” and “go to war”?

Engage Hospitality offers luxurious hospitality and unparalleled viewing from our exclusive ring-facing facility within Wembley, the ICON Club. There will be no better way to experience Anthony Joshua defending his title. Avoid the crowds down below and spectate in style; for more details click here.

AJ vs Povetkin Fact File

Anthony Joshua Alexander Povetkin
Anthony Joshua's face Alexander Povetkin's face
Nickname: AJ Nickname: Russian Vityaz
Born: 15/10/1989, Age 28 Born: 02/09/1979, Age 38
Nationality: British Nationality: Russian
Debut: 05/10/2013 Debut: 11/06/2005
Division: Heavyweight Division: Heavyweight
Stance: Orthodox Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 6″ / 198cm Height: 6′ 2″ / 188cm
Reach: 82″ / 208cm Reach: 75″ / 191cm

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2018/19 Premier League: Everything you need to know

Everything you need to know before the Start of the 2018/19 Premier League Season.

The EPL juggernaut kicks back into action Friday attracting on average 12 million viewers across 212 countries per game. This global behemoth pulls in a market share of £7.83 billion and with a total league expenditure of £1.171 billion so far this summer transfer window the Premier League is truly a global giant with a multinational network.

Transfers

Riyad Mahrez’s move to Manchester City created controversy throughout last season, with the player going AWOL whilst still contracted at Leicester. Guardiola made Mahrez a top summer target, and after the success of his first campaign, the top brass couldn’t say no. The tricky Algerian winger became Manchester City’s club record signing when he joined them in a £60m deal last month.

Liverpool are this year’s big spenders totalling £182 million. Jürgen Klopp took the team to the Champions League final in Kiev this year and with new signings to straighten the squad in key positions, they must be looking to mount a genuine title challenge. None more so than Brazilian goal keeper Alisson Becker, bought in from Roma for £62 million making him the world’s most expensive keeper. No pressure! Other signings include Naby Keïta from RB Leipzig (£65 million), and Fabinho from Monaco (£45 million).

Elsewhere, Premier League new boys Wolverhampton Wanderers have also spent big, with a total of £67 million across 8 players. Big names such as João Moutinho will add experience to a team desperate to compete at the top table of English football.

Who are the likely champions?

Champions in 2017/18 Manchester City are odds-on favourites to repeat the feat, for the first time since Manchester United successfully defended the title in 2009.

After addressing key problems in their squad, Liverpool will be genuine contenders. 25 points is a lot to make up on the current champions, but Klopp is the only manager to have a positive win rate over Guardiola.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea have big question marks surrounding both their squads and managers, however these teams have dominated the top 6 places in the league of late. They will all surely be there, or thereabouts, come the end.

The premier league new boys

Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham were awarded their official Premier League status when they received their share certificates on the 7th June.

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ transfer window has been well documented, having brought in some big names to strengthen a squad which ultimately ran away with the Championship last year. A strong Portuguese contingent managed by the infallible Nuno Espírito Santo aren’t just looking to stay in the Prem, but compete among the elite.

Fulham are another team to have bought in quality, including World Cup winner André Schürrle. It’s great to have Fulham, a team with great history, back in the big time.

Cardiff are tipped to struggle alongside Huddersfield but with Neil Warnock at the help a manger with over 20 years of experience in management they will be doggedly fighting for every point on offer.

 

The Premier League kicks of tomorrow night at Leicester with Manchester United in town.

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