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ICC T20 World Cup Review

England – How it began

England kicked off their T20 World Cup in great fashion in a bustling Dubai by thrashing the reigning champions West Indies by 6 wickets. England’s bowlers were on fine form, Adil Rashid took four, Moeen Ali taking two, Tymal Mills also taking two and one each for Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan. England were just as clinical with the bat, only losing four wickets. Butler earned England most of their runs with 24 not out, a combined effort saw England over the line with 56-4. England got the job done in only 8.2 overs, England have their eye on the trophy and what a way to get their tournament underway.

Despite missing some keys players such as Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran who are all nursing injuries, England still produced a dominant performance. These players were instrumental during the 2019 ODI World Cup, with Stokes and Archer displaying heroics in the final against New Zealand.

Battering of Bangladesh

With the first game out the way and now a distant memory, England’s next hurdle came in the shape of Bangladesh. Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first. England’s bowlers were yet again in fine form, with Ali taking two early wickets. Bangladesh star man Shakib Al Hasan was dismissed shortly after by Chris Woakes. Bangladesh only managed to conjure up a total of 124 runs, the feeling after that innings was positive from an England perspective.

Jason Roy opened the batting in characteristically bullish style. He produced 61 runs, hitting five 4’s and three 6’s. Roy’s night came to an end when he was caught by Nasum. Butler was also victim to being caught, finishing his time with the bat on 18 runs. Malan and Bairstow saw out the win in comfortable style. This was Bangladesh’s second loss of the tournament, it doesn’t look likely that they will progress much further in the competition. England, however, have put themselves in prime position going into their third match against Australia. The match with Australia will be a tricky test for England’s cricketers.

Damage Done in Dubai

The stage was set at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The England players knew this was a crucial game and if won they would be a brilliant position. An unchanged England side opted to bowl first. Woakes took a huge first wicket taking David Warner after only two balls with Warner scoring just one run. This pattern continued when a heroic catch from a bang in form Woakes who sent Steve Smith on his way for 1. The rest of England’s bowling was sharp and had a very dangerous feel to it. Australia’s batsman finished their innings on an underwhelming 125.

England’s stand out batsman this game was Jos Buttler, who smashed his was to a very impressive 71 not out. It took England 11.4 overs to score a total of 126. Another opponent dismantled, could England be the team to beat during this T20 World Cup? With Jos Buttler talked about being the best short format batsman in the world, it’s no surprise that the confidence in the camp was continuing to increase.

Buttler’s Batting Brilliance

England’s game against Sri Lanka was going to be far from an easy fixture. Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to field first. England had proved handy with the bad throughout the tournament so far. However, this was not mirrored at the start of the innings with Jason Roy being bowled out after facing only 6 balls. It was England’s other opening batsman, Jos Buttler who was to make the headlines. Buttler spent 104 minutes in bat, in this time he managed to hit a huge score of 101 not out. He managed six 4’s and six 6’s. His aggressive approach was exactly what England needed. He became only the fourth man to to hit a T20 hundred for England, and what a time to do it. England ended their innings with 163-4. It was up to Sri Lanka to chase down that score. England’s bowlers were yet again in fine form, with a mix of aggressive fast bowling and tantalising spin. Sri Lanka could only reach 137 all out, England had proved they were just too powerful for Sri Lanka.

Sharjah Summed Up

Sharjah is where England played their final group match of the tournament. This challenge was in the form of a South Africa side who were also looking to progress to the later stages of the T20 World Cup. England decided to field first. England’s bowlers could not seem to replicate a brilliant bowling performance like the one against Australia. South Africa ended their time with the bat on 189-2, a very respectable score.

England were somewhat inconsistent in their batting and suffered their first defeat in the T20 World Cup. England, South Africa and Australia all finished their group matches on 8 points each. This didn’t however hinder England’s progression to the semi-final as they had a better overall run rate than South Africa. England’s Net run rate was 2.464, Australia’s 1.216 and South Africa’s being 0.739. This meant England and Australia made it to the semi-finals, while South Africa’s tournament came crashing to a halt.

Round up from Group 2 

Group 2 also provided a similar amount of drama, with some outstanding cricket being played. Pakistan strolled to being crowned group winners, they remained unbeaten in their group winning all five of their games. New Zealand were hot on the tails of the Pakistan team, they won 4 out of 5 of their matches, only losing to a persistent Pakistan side by 5 wickets. The team that surprised many were India. India didn’t manage to make it out the group and only mustered up 3 wins from their 5 games. With India being a nation who are cricket mad, this must have come as a huge disappointment to many Indian fans, including Virat Kohli, who took his final bow as T20 Indian camptain. One team from each group disappointed with no wins across all their games and those two teams were Bangladesh and Scotland.

All Set for the Semis

The First semi-final commences on the 10th of November where England take on New Zealand. This will be a re-match of the 2019 Cricket ODI World Cup Final. New Zealand will be looking to avenge the loss they were handed by England in a stunning final in England. It promises to a heavily contested match as both teams finished on 8 points in the group stage. England have been tipped to edge it against New Zealand, I’m sure cricket fans across England will be watching with everything crossed.

Pakistan face Australia in the second semi-final on Thursday the 11th of November. A ruthless Pakistan side are the only team who have gone unbeaten throughout the tournament so far and they will of course look to keep that 100% winning record intact against Australia. The favourites going into this semi-final are Pakistan, can Australia cause an upset and make it to the final? England won a tight T20 series 2-1 against Pakistan in the summer, so Eoin Morgan and the team will be confident in facing them in the final., even without Jason Roy and Tymal Mills due to injury.

Tale of the Two Semis

New Zealand looked to take revenge of England in the first Semi-final of the T20 World Cup. New Zealand took to the field first and hoped their bowlers could get in some early wickets. England’s batting performance got off to a modest start. The two openers Butler and Bairstow earned England a combined total of 42 runs off 41 balls. The stand out batsman during England’s innings was Ali who produced a great total of 51, which kept England hopes alive. New Zealand had 166 to chase. They managed to chase England’s 166 with an over to spare. Impressive performances from Mitchell, Conway and Neesham helped New Zealand edge it over England. It was not to be for England but they can hold their heads high after a tournament with some great performances.

The second Semi-Final saw Australia and Pakistan battle it out for a place in the lucrative T20 World Cup Final. Australia won the toss and like many teams over the tournament, decided to field first. Pakistan have showed throughout the World Cup they can be very useful with the bat and this pattern continued. Rizwan hit 67 after being caught out by Smith, Babar also fell victim in Australian hands as he was caught by Warner. It was Pakistan’s opening three who really made up most of the runs, Their closing three only managed a total of 2 runs between them. As well as New Zealand, Australia finished the game off in 19 overs. Notable performances from Stonis and Wade who remained not out, saw Australia to the win with 177-5. It was to be a final between the two teams in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Final

The Dubai International Cricket Stadium hosted the Final and what a venue it is. New Zealand were put into bat first, Guptill got things underway with a trio of fours in quick succession. Things were going well for New Zealand, Williamson was mounting a promising attack for them up until a rampant Williamson dismissed him. Williamson took a further two wickets in a short space of time, this was to be the downfall for New Zealand. Australia needed to score 174 runs to win the T20 World Cup. It was their time to bat and openers Warner and Finch confidently made their way out to the pitch. Finch didn’t last long as he was caught by boult for 5, Warner however hit a very respectable 53. Marsh earned Australia the majority of their runs, hitting a huge 77, Maxwell contributed 28 runs which saw Australia win their first T20 World Cup. Australia had powered to an 8 wicket thrashing of New Zealand. And just like that the curtain is closed on the T20 World Cup, what a tournament it has been from Dubai.

The Summer of 2022 brings lot’s of great international cricket. For a chance to watch England in style this summer, please enquire at the links below.

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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.

Corporate hospitality Venue

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.

Corporate Hospitality Venue

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.

Corporate Hospitality Venue

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.

Corporate Hospitality Venue

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