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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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Stokes’ summer!

As the dust settles from the heavy roller we can reflect on an amazing summer of cricket.

Firstly, let’s not underplay the significance of England winning their first Cricket World Cup. To witness an English win in any World Cup is something truly remarkable and as many of us were not alive when we won the 1966 World Cup at Wembley and didn’t make the trip to Sydney to see the RWC in 2003 this is probably, but hopefully not, a once in a lifetime occasion. I’ve seen some great sporting events over the years but this was all the more amazing because England made it as hard as possible losing seemingly simple group matches to leave themselves requiring back to back victories against Australia and India to progress. The Final was possibly the greatest EVER game of cricket. All the pre-tournament hype was about the run fest we would have, could anyone hit the magic 500 off 50 overs. In the end it was far more exciting, a tense low scoring final which brought the bowlers back into the game. Never has a match see-sawed from no hope to almost certain victory so many times and that was before we got into the drama of the Super Over. I’m delighted that so many Engage clients were able to access the game and I am sure their guests will be eternally grateful for the experience as I certainly am.

The summer had only just got started and after a brief first test match with Ireland at Lord’s it was head long into the Ashes. The series has had so many twists and turns with the next session always seeming the most pivotal and will be remembered in my mind for three things; Steve Smith’s return to Test cricket and his incredible form throughout the series, Jofra Archer’s spell at Lord’s on Saturday afternoon when he upped the pace and struck Smith ruling him out of the third test and by doing so prevented him breaking even more records; and finally Ben Stokes, the hero of the World Cup Final, delivering one, if not THE best ever innings to win the third test. It was a sensational knock which started with gritty determination and ended with destructive hitting unlike anything we have seen in the fourth innings.

As with all good stories there was the perfect ending with England winning the fourth test in unbroken sunshine to tie the series at the Kia Oval.

 

Engage guests enjoying their ICON Club hospitality at Lord’s & the Kia Oval this summer.

 

Register your interest to join us in 2020:

England v West Indies Test series

Thu 4 -Mon 8 June – 1st Test v West Indies Kia Oval 11am

Fri 12-Tue 16 June – 2nd Test v West Indies Edgbaston 11am

Thu 25-Mon 29 June – 3rd Test v West Indies Lord’s 11am

England v Australia IT20 series

Fri 3 July – 1st IT20 v Australia Emirates Riverside, Durham 6.30pm

Sun 5 July – 2nd IT20 v Australia Emirates Old Trafford 5pm

Tue 7 July – 3rd IT20 v Australia Emerald Headingley 6.30pm

England v Australia ODI series

Sat 11 July – 1st ODI v Australia Lord’s 1pm

Tue 14 July – 2nd ODI v Australia Ageas Bowl 1pm

Thu 16 July – 3rd ODI v Australia Bristol County Ground, Bristol 1pm

England v Pakistan Test series

Thu 30 July-Mon 3 Aug – 1st Test v Pakistan Lord’s 11am

Fri 7-Tue 11 Aug – 2nd Test v Pakistan Emirates Old Trafford 11am

Thu 20-Mon 24 Aug – 3rd Test v Pakistan Trent Bridge 11am

England v Pakistan IT20 series

Sat 29 Aug – 1st IT20 v Pakistan Emerald Headingley 5pm

Mon 31 Aug – 2nd IT20 v Pakistan Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 2.30pm

Wed 2 Sept – 3rd IT20 v Pakistan Ageas Bowl 6.30pm

England v Ireland ODI series

Thu 10 Sept – 1st ODI v Ireland Trent Bridge 12.30pm

Sat 12 Sept – 2nd ODI v Ireland Edgbaston 12.30pm

Tue 15 Sept – 3rd ODI v Ireland Kia Oval 12.30pm

 

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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!