It was an up and down start for England to the first test match in Antigua. Any Cricket Corporate Hospitality Packages that travelled out to the Caribbean were firstly treated to a presentation for the ‘Burnley Express’ – Jimmy Anderson- who is playing in his 100th Test. A stalwart of the England bowling attack, the Lancashire seamer is fast closing in on Ian Botham’s Test Wickets record.
After Anderson’s ceremony, England made a stuttering start to their innings, losing the returning Jonathan Trott, captain Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance while the score was still below 40. This brought Ian Bell and Joe Root to the crease, who calmly amassed a century stand to lead the side away from the danger of an embarrassing total. Bell reached three figures for the 22nd time in his impressive career; a performance he later admitted avenged a time he was dropped from the side in the West Indies 6 years ago.
Explosive Durham all rounder, Ben Stokes, played an excellent cameo at the end of the day, reaching 71 off just 80 balls. The innings not only showed aggression, but also intelligence, leaving England Cricket fans hopeful that he will reach his obvious potential. One of the huge sixes he hit can’t have been far off actually reaching Trent Bridge!
You can guarantee your England Cricket Tickets for Nottingham this summer through us, with our Corporate Hospitality Packages at Trent Bridge. Watch the sumptuous Ian Bell or the ‘King of Swing’ James Anderson take on Australia in the hotly anticipated Ashes Series.