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Cricket hospitality: Ashes 2015 Series Review

Despite losing the final test at the KIA Oval, England celebrated regain the Ashes after a 3-2 series win over Australia. Eventmasters provided official cricket hospitality packages at Trent Bridge and the KIA Oval for the final two test matches which were exhilarating encounters. Our cricket hospitality guests were treated to some of the most exciting cricket seen in England since the 2005 Ashes series.

The series was dominated by one-sided victories for both sides in all five matches. In the opening Test at Cardiff, England registered a 169 run victory after a vital 134 from Joe Root in the first innings. The Yorkshireman then contributed 60 in the second innings, before England ripped through the Australian batting line-up to secure the win.

Australia got their revenge in emphatic fashion in the second Test Match at Lords. Scores of 173 and 215 from Chris Rogers and Steve Smith helped the Aussies to a huge first innings total of 566. Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes hit important knocks of 98 and 87 in reply, but Australia were always in control of the game. In the final innings Mitchell Johnson was in inspired form and his lightning quick deliveries helped Australia win by a whopping 405 runs.

In the third Test at Edgbaston the pendulum swung back in favour of the hosts as they won the match by eight wickets. A wonderful display of bowling in the first innings saw England dismiss Michael Clarke’s side for just 136. Another crucial half century from Root and a timely 53 from Ian Bell got the home side to 281. Australia were once again dismissed rather quickly meaning England needed just 124 runs to take a 2-1 lead.

In the fourth Test Match England put the final nails in Australia’s coffin. A quite amazing spell of bowling on the opening morning saw Stuart Broad almost singlehandedly win the game, his figures of 8-15 along with wickets from Mark Wood and Steven Finn left Australia all-out for 60. In reply England posted 391, the Aussies needed a miracle to save the game. But they didn’t get one, they were bowled out for 253 as England won the match by an innings and 78 runs. Regaining the Ashes in the process. The match was a historic event for cricket hospitality guests who all knew they had seen something special.

Player of the Series Throughout the series there were some real standout performances, Stuart Broad’s bowling at Trent Bridge will livelong in the memory. Steve Smith was one of the few Aussies to offer resistance with some big scores. But the man who consistently produced was Joe Root, the Yorkshire star has cemented his place as one of the world’s very best players and they key cog of the English batting line-up.

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