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How Ben Stokes Reignited England’s Ashes Dream

It was a sensational display of cricket over the weekend. England claimed a one wicket victory during the third Ashes Test at Headlingley thanks to the mesmerising performance from batsman, Ben Stokes. Scoring an unbeaten 135, we examine the man who revived England’s Ashes dream.

Our chances of claiming the urn were not looking promising up until last Sunday. England had not put up the most inspiring Ashes performance, leaving many cricket fans in a state of disillusionment. With an Aussie victory during the first Test at Edgbaston and a draw during the second at Lord’s, fans could be forgiven for feeling a tad pessimistic. All remaining hopes of England winning the third Ashes Test lay on Stokes’ shoulders. Despite the tremendous pressure, Stokes was able to persevere in what has been described as one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history. His efforts were precisely the standard of cricket we needed to see in order to lift our troubled spirits.

With England’s Ashes hopes teetering on the edge, it would be all too easy to buckle under the weight of cricket fan’s expectations. However, despite the cynicism, Stokes’ persistence brought about not only a fantastic result but a monumental sporting moment. His performance is a perfect example of what can be achieved when a sportsman is both focused and dedicated. Fellow cricketer and close friend, Moeen Ali, claimed that ‘what we witnessed on Sunday wasn’t a fluke, it was the result of hard work.’

Many are comparing Stokes’ performance to that of cricket legend, Ian Botham, when he made his unbeaten 149, also at Headingley, back in 1981. Beefy Botham himself recently commented that Stokes’ life will never be the same again. “He is public property but it is a great place to be in for the long term. It will set him up for life. He will reap the rewards which he richly deserves and he is now a box office attraction.’

Cricket Fans took to social media to voice their astonishment and excitement at the Ashes magic that was unfolding before our very eyes. As the runs continued, the anticipation expanded for England fans. Spectators were on the edge of their seats as the atmosphere intensified. Many have commented that we probably won’t get the chance to witness cricket action that intense for some time. Former captain of the Indian national cricket team, Sachin Tendulkar, commented how this was an example of how Test cricket can be the ‘toughest and most entertaining format of cricket’ and how Stokes’ innings are something that will be talked about ‘for a very long time’.

The man of the moment has recently attributed his sporting success to his wife Clare, stating how supportive she has been. Stokes has faced difficulty over the years. He was charged in relation to an incident that occurred outside a Bristol nightclub back in 2017. He credited Clare for being the one responsible for helping him turn his life around and focus back on cricket. ‘Your family go through everything with you, good and bad, so it is great to be able to celebrate with them at times like this.’ And just how do you think Mr Stokes celebrated this spectacular Ashes win? With none other than a £55 splurge at the McDonalds drive-thru!

This amazing win has unsurprisingly provided the nation with a healthy dose of Ashes fever. No doubt, Australia will have been left baffled by the whirlwind victory of their opponents. Australia will be looking to make a comeback during the fourth Test after their unbelievable defeat. Will they come back fighting or will this unexpected triumph have them rattled? Steve Smith is due to re-join The Baggy Greens after having to sit out the third Test at Lord’s due to concussion at the hands of Jofra Archer. With the Aussies star player back on the scene, who knows what the result will be. One thing that Sunday’s outcome proved is that cricket is not a game that can be easily predicted!

Ultimately, what a thrill it was to be able to witness such a triumphant moment of sporting history. We can confidently hold our heads high as we advance onto next Ashes Test at Old Trafford which begins on 4th September. Can England replicate the action of last weekend and bring us into victory once again?

Edgbaston: A Fabulous Day to Savour

Entertain your esteemed clients and guests in superb style with Eventmasters’ official Edgbaston corporate hospitality packages. Birmingham’s premier cricketing venue has been the setting for some of the most thrilling international cricket matches in recent times.

Boasting a capacity of 25,000, Edgbaston proudly sits as the second-largest cricket ground in the country, just behind the eminent Lords Cricket Ground.

Hosting its inaugural Test Match in 1902, the illustrious arena has held many memorable spectacles ever since.

After all, who could forget England’s epic clash with Australia in the 2005 Ashes Series? The match went down to the wire as Michael Vaughan’s England side clung on for a breath-taking two-run victory, the closest margin in Ashes history.

More records fell in 2015 during the extraordinary One Day International series between England and New Zealand. During the opening match of the series the hosts hit a remarkable 408 runs in their innings before going on to register their highest recorded winning margin of 210 runs.

Suffice to say, matches at Edgbaston are rarely dull affairs.

In 2017 England’s leading cricketers will make a triumphant return to the famed ground as they face their old-adversaries the West Indies in an exhilarating day and night Investec Test Match.

The encounter, commencing on Thursday 17th August, promises flair, finesse and above all world-class, sinew straining action. But it is not only the thrilling spectacle on the pitch that entices the masses to this venerable setting.

Following its recent multi-million pound redevelopment, the stadium now boasts some of the finest hospitality facilities in the UK.Edgbaston Hospitality - England Cricket - Corporate Packages

Avid cricket fans can be sure to savour a marvellous day at Edgbaston in VIP style from within the 1882 Club and Warwickshire Suite facilities.

Celebrating the year Warwickshire County Cricket Club was formed, the splendid 1882 Club offers fabulous viewing from the second tier of the pristine Pavilion Stand. A sumptuous fine dining experience adds a further layer of eminence to an already extravagant occasion. With a delectable three course luncheon, coupled with an exquisite complimentary bar stocking the finest wines, craft beers and soft drinks, visitors are guaranteed to enjoy the terrific sporting occasion in style.

With official category 1 seating located directly adjacent to the plush facility, guests can soak up a wonderful atmosphere at Edgbaston as the captivating game unfolds.

The sumptuous Warwickshire Suite will also be on hand to provide guests with an experience to cherish. The lavish restaurant facility offers attendees the finest hospitality service available, with light and airy surroundings combining superbly with stunning pitch-side views from the third tier of the Pavilion Stand. As well as enjoying palatial padded seating on the wonderful Warwickshire Suite balcony, visitors can also satisfy their refined palates with a sublime four course a la carte lunch, and drinks from the alluring complimentary bar.

As the outstanding occasion begins to draw to a close, members of both facilities will be invited to enjoy a delightful afternoon tea party and evening snack selection. Official souvenir programmes will be offered to all guests as a special token of memorabilia to mark the occasion, and an International Cricketing Guest Speaker will on be hand to add to the entertaining experience.

In August, Test cricket is back with a bang as England face the West Indies in the First Investec Test Match. Following some excellent performances in the last 18-months England will be looking to continue their fine form when they face a young and exciting team from the Caribbean.

Moreover, following the conclusion of the domestic cricket season, Edgbaston will host one of the most anticipated days in the sport – the NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day. The fascinating contest will feature the four finest county sides battling for the chance to grab the coveted T20 Blast title in 2017. This signature event is a fantastic opportunity for companies to entertain their major stakeholders and valued clientele.

As the fabulous cricket draws near once again, make it a day to remember at this magnificent cricketing venue with our range of sumptuous corporate hospitality facilities. It can only be imagined the impression that will be left with your clients, family or friends as they witness England’s finest players in action as they fight to achieve the ultimate sporting accolades. It will certainly be a day to remember.