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2017/18 Australia Cricket Tour Review

England Cricketer Joe Root celebrating a wicket during the 2nd Investec Ashes test match in 2015

Test Series

This was a series to savour with both teams confident that at their best the urn can be delivered back to home soil. This series had many subplots but the most prominent of them all was captain vs. captain, the immovable object vs. the unstoppable force, Smith vs. Root.

England took the momentum into a series billed as the decider after the last 10 series were five a piece. With no Mitchell Johnson on the Australian side, England’s dressing room could be forgiven for thinking this tour might be less threatening.

However, as it has turned out so many times on English tours of Australia, constant pressure from the media, a strong Aussie bowling quartet and indiscretions within camp made the task a much taller order.

In no test match were England able to string enough sessions together to put pressure on the Australians. England’s graces were saved in part to the weather, an MIA Mitchell Starc and a damp squib of an MCG pitch from another 5-nil whitewash down under.

Congratulations Australia, we look forward to having you back on English soil.

 

Gillette One Day International Series

In a complete reversal of the Test series it was England who throughout the series took the game to the Aussies, being more aggressive in their standing right from ball 1 (a 90mph bouncer to remove David Warner).

Records tumbled throughout the opening ODI with a monumental 180 for Jason Roy becoming England’s highest ever ODI scorer on home and foreign soil.

Other notable mentions go to Jos Buttler’s 100 and Tom Curran 5/35.

Not since 2012 have England won an ODI series against Australia, and you would have to go back over a decade to 2006 for the last time England won an ODI series in Australia.

Has the gap between ODI and Test cricket grown so much?  Or should the credit be given to England’s captain Eoin Morgan, allowing the group to play without fear and to their true potential? We have seen a shift in momentum made by a young team given license to entertain. Long may it continue.

Now with Ben Stokes back in the fold, can England continue to build the momentum into the New Zealand Tour commencing in March? It is always a tough trip to New Zealand to take on the Black Caps in their own back yard, and one an English Test and ODI squad will be relishing.

Australia tour England in the summer of 2018 for 5 ODIs and 1 T20. Contact us to make your booking.

 

Summer of Cricket 2018:

England Vs Pakistan

  • 24th May – 5th Jun

England Vs Australia

  • 13th – 27 Jun

England Vs India

  • 3rd Jul – 11th Sep

ENGAGE provides hospitality for all domestic competitions.

30 June – One-Day Cup Final, Lord’s
15 September – T20 Blast Finals Day, 
Edgbaston

 

To book your official cricket hospitality, or for any hospitality requirements please call 0207 048 4899.

 

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An Exciting Start for England Rugby in 2018

England v Italy, Twickenham 2013

Eddie Jones renews contract until 2021

Great news for all England fans, with the announcement that hugely successful coach Eddie Jones will continue until 2021. He will be working closely with the RFU in selecting the next chief of staff by the end of the 2019-20 season, hoping to maintain the new-found status quo.

Jones has won 22 of his 23 Tests since taking the role in November 2015, and says extending his deal was “not a difficult decision”.

The big question on everyone’s lips, and surely a guarded secret, is whether Eddie Jones will be at the helm for what would surely be the jewel in the crown. If Eddie Jones led the British and Irish Lions to victory in South Africa it would mark the first time since the 1950s that the Lions toured all three nations without conceding a series.

Italy vs. England Squad Announcement

Eddie Jones has selected eight uncapped players to face Italy on the 4th February at the Stadio Olympico.

Five fresh young forwards in the squad will have their mettle tested, as the Italians are well known for their aggression up front in the mauls and breakdowns.

When Italy came to Twickenham, they employed cunning tactics to try and disrupt the momentum of England. Fans are left wondering what they will have up their sleeve come Sunday.

England have never been beaten by the Azzurri, so hopes are high that a young-looking England team can maintain the current 95% win-rate, spurred on by the knowledge that Eddie Jones tenure is set to continue.

 

Engage offers hospitality for the whole Six Nations tournament, browse our selection.

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3 Thrilling Corporate Hospitality Events in London 2018

Planning corporate hospitality events in London? Read our guide to find the best VIP experiences.

When entertaining that important client, it is essential to book a top-quality event that gives the right impression of your company.

Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the best events for corporate hospitality in the capital so that you don’t have to. So strap in for our favourite premium London events coming up in 2018.

The 2018 BRIT Awards with Mastercard

The BRIT Awards are one of many corporate hospitality events in London this year

Sure to be a truly memorable event, the BRIT Awards are always the height of glitz and glamour, with this year set to be no exception. Entertain your clients in style this February by taking them on a night out with the stars, featuring this year’s stratospheric host Jack Whitehall!

The red carpet VIP package includes an exclusive performance from Critics’ Choice award-winner Jorja Smith following a champagne reception and three-course meal.

Take your seats in the auditorium & enjoy performances from a plethora of stars including Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith & Dua Lipa.

This is the ultimate way to experience this special evening live at the O2 Arena. You are then invited to the official after show party at the InterContinental Hotel. Find out more or book your tickets for the 2018 BRIT Awards.

England v Italy at Wembley Stadium

International football at Wembley always makes great corporate hospitality events

This March 27th the great football rivals England and Italy will face each other for the first time since the 2014 World Cup. If your client is one of the millions of football fans in the UK, this match will get their blood pumping.

For the best possible experience, treat your party to the exclusive ICON club in London’s Wembley Stadium. Enjoy a three-course meal overlooking the pitch, complimentary refreshments throughout, and guest appearances from your favourite football personalities. Enjoy world-class football at the Wembley ICON club.

England v India at Lord’s Cricket Ground

London corporate hospitality events involving cricket are always a success

A One Day International cricket match is a day out unlike any other, and this July’s competition between two giants of the sport in London at the home of British cricket is not to be missed.

Hospitality at this match includes breakfast with a champagne reception, a four-course lunch, afternoon tea, and a fully stocked complimentary bar throughout the day. As always, big name guest speakers will be on hand to regale you with their sporting stories. Book with Engage to enjoy England v India in style.

(See also the 2018 England v Australia ODI on June 13th at the Kia Oval)

Other corporate hospitality events in London

Looking for something else? Engage Hospitality offers a wide range of exciting packages in diverse settings, and only the best corporate hospitality events in London.

Other highlights for 2018 include:

Click here to view our full events calendar. To speak to one of our advisors, dial +44 (0)20 7048 4848.

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Six Top Tips for Corporate Hospitality

An Engage champagne reception

Want to give a boost to your business relationships? Follow these tips to ensure you entertain clients in style.

In the business world, cultivating relationships with individuals both inside and outside your company is always paramount. This is especially the case when you are looking to make that big deal, or push forward with an initiative that you believe in.

One of the best ways to do this can be in a more informal setting, provided you do things properly. Here are the six most important things to keep in mind when laying on corporate hospitality.

Two Engage guests enjoying an event

Focus on building trust

It’s a classic mistake – you want to get things moving, so you cut to the chase too early and spoil the mood. You’re not in a meeting, so now is not the time to push too hard for a deal.

Instead, get to know each other. If you build a strong rapport first, chances are the business will go much more smoothly. However as always, be prepared to make your pitch if the client brings it up!

Know your client

Take your time to research what makes your client tick. Are they interested in sports? If they are, you have a great opportunity to show them a good time, and a relaxed topic of conversation as you get to know one another.

Be polite

When entertaining, the little things can be important. Etiquette matters. For instance, allow your client to take a seat before yourself. Treat your client with deference and respect to show that you value them.

England v Ireland Rugby

Make it memorable

Simply going for a meal at a restaurant, even a nice one, might not make the impact that you want. Get your client’s attention by doing something special that they are likely to remember, and you will find it pays off.

Aim to be early

Nobody likes to be kept waiting, and to make the best impression you want to be there early to greet your clients with a smile. This goes without saying, but you don’t want to risk being late and making a bad impression.

Luxury dining with Engage

Never skimp on quality

Finally, if your client is important to you let that be reflected in the quality you provide for them. Spending money on a premium experience from a trusted provider will make a world of difference in your client’s impressions of you and your company.

About Engage

Engage Hospitality provides corporate hospitality packages of a world-class standard, and we are official partners of organisations including England Rugby, Silverstone, Lord’s, the NBA, Chelsea FC and Wembley Stadium. To view our range of packages or to speak to one of our advisers, visit www.engagehospitality.co.uk.