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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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Celebrate 40 years of the best of British!

Put Tues 18th February 2020 in the diary.

The BRIT Awards 2019, The O2, London, UK, Wednesday 20 Feb 2019The biggest night in British music takes it up a notch to celebrate a momentous occasion. The O2 hosts, and the industry celebrates the 40th anniversary of the BRIT Awards with Mastercard.

The 40th Anniversary show will provide glitz, glamour & sensational musical performances in abundance. 2019 winners included George Ezra, Tom Walker, Drake, Ariana Grande & Little Mix. Hugh Jackman kicked off proceedings with a dazzling rendition of ‘The Greatest Show’ followed by live performances including Little Mix with Ms Banks and Calvin Harris making his BRITs debut with a collaboration with Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Rag’n’Bone ManP!nk closed the show with an incredible four song medley following the presentation of her Outstanding Contribution to Music award.

You can expect the red carpet to be rolled out in every sense of the phrase.  After the main event, hospitality guests rub shoulders with the stars at the official BRITs after show party hosted in the luxurious InterContinental Hotel.

Enjoy a sumptuous 3 course meal served to your table at The InterContinental London – The O2 Hotel. This will be followed by a unique performance from the Critics’ Choice winner* before taking your VIP seats in the O2 auditorium to watch the live 40th Anniversary BRITs show. After the show, return to the ‘BRITs VIP Club’ after show party in the hotel ballroom. Experience better with Engage at the 2020 BRIT Awards with Mastercard.

Engage are delighted to be an Official hospitality agent for The BRIT Awards 2020

Package Inclusions:

  • Arrival through VIP red carpet entrance
  • Drinks reception
  • 3 course meal
  • Exclusive Critics Choice performance prior to the Awards (TBC)
  • Officially allocated premium seating for the Live BRIT Awards show
  • Exclusive access to the BRIT Awards After show party in The InterContinental Hotel
  • Private tables of 10, smaller numbers will be on a shared table
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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.

Secure your attendance today on 0207 330 1188

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Q1 2019 Events Roundup

As the 2019 Guinness 6 Nations came to a climactic end, and we have had time to breathe and reflect on the first 3 months of the year with the ICON Club at Twickenham in full swing as well as hosting in Dublin, Cardiff and Edinburgh, it was always going to be a rugby filled three months.

The last three months however haven’t just been about rugby here at Engage.

January saw the return of the NBA London Game 2019 presented by Norwegian, with the Washington Wizards beating the New York Knicks 101-100. For the last two years Engage have been the official hospitality provider for the NBA; a truly unique experience and definitely one for the bucket list.

The highlight of February was the BRIT Awards 2019 with Mastercard. Hugh Jackman took centre stage to open the show, showering The O2 in glitter as he performed The Greatest Show. With the likes of Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris, Sam Smith and Jess Glynne to name but a few of the talented artists performing throughout the ceremony, the evening drew to a close with a true showman as P!nk received the Outstanding Contribution to Music award before showing us all how it’s done with a rendition of some of her vast collection of hits.

In March Engage hosted the Engage ICON Club at Cheltenham Festival with special guest John ‘Motty’ Motson. With a sensational view of the course, some occasional appearances from the sun and more than a few winners, we’re already looking forward to next year.

With such an array of events in just 3 months, it begs the question what else is there to look forward to this year, there can’t possibly be more?

But with the FA Cup Semi’s and Final just around the corner, possibly the busiest summer of cricket in living memory, and not to mention the return of the Spice Girls; it seems there is no time to waste. We’re ready for the summer!

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Anthony Joshua’s Road to Legend

Anthony Joshua defeated Alexander Povetkin by TKO

Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin

Alexander Povetkin was never going to be a pushover. The Russian heavyweight is an Olympic gold medallist and has been boxing professionally at the highest levels for over a decade. In the 35 professional bouts he fought before meeting Joshua, Povetkin was only defeated once, by all-time great Wladimir Klitschko. The first round showed that Anthony Joshua was not invincible, receiving a broken nose at the end of the first round with a fiery combination from the Russian veteran. In the second round, too, Povetkin looked strong as he darted inside the taller man’s reach looking for connection.

However, by the third round AJ had started to find his equilibrium again, evading hits and dealing damage. It was in the fourth round that he landed a smarting uppercut that split Povetkin’s brow, as he started to gain real momentum in this fight. It wasn’t one-sided by any means, and if Povetkin’s renowned left hook had connected, it could have swung the other way – but the Russian started to look wild in his aggression, desperately seeking a strike that would tip the scales back in his favour. For his part, Joshua looked cool and composed, two left hooks finding Povetkin’s face.

Round five was quieter for the most part, and for a while in round six it looked like Povetkin was coming back, with explosive energy belying the fact he was fighting a man 11 years his junior. AJ took it well though, biding his time and landing some hits of his own, body shots to an opponent he described afterwards as “strong to the head, weak to the body”. Finally, in the seventh round, Anthony Joshua delivered his conclusive blows, true heavyweight knockout punches that would obliterate any opponent. Povetkin to his credit managed to stagger back to his feet, but swaying, his reactions slowed, he was unable to defend himself from AJ’s onslaught and the referee quickly called an end to the bout.

Next Steps

The same day as this fantastic fight at Wembley Stadium, the two main contenders for AJ’s next opponent announced a fight of their own: Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Tyson Fury on December 1st. It’s no secret that Joshua is looking for the WBC belt to complete his set and become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. The fans will be crying out for a unification bout to happen, and the odds are good, given that Joshua is the obvious opponent for whoever wins, if they have the ambition.

That fight, when it happens, will take place at Wembley. As Joshua said before his fight with Povetkin, “Providing I beat Povetkin, April 13 is booked. Wembley is there.” Engage Hospitality is therefore excited to present the next instalment of Anthony Joshua’s meteoric rise to the status of boxing legend, to becoming a name spoken in the same breath as the very greatest boxers of all time, in the city of his birth. Our ICON Club is a ring-facing hospitality facility that delivers the thrill and electricity of a big fight; with luxurious dining, delightful service, and boxing legends and celebrity guests hosting to make an already special night into an unforgettable occasion. Experience better with Engage and register your interest now to secure your place at this historic occasion.