Without doubt, 2019 hosted one of the most elongated yet thrilling summers of sport in recent years, captivating its fair share of shocking and exciting moments. Cricket played a valuable part in this after the most dramatic ICC Cricket World Cup final ever, leading to England emerging as champions. Furthermore, the fifth and final Test at The Kia Oval saw smiles on both sides, despite Australia retaining the Ashes this year.
The Kia Oval hosted the fifth and final match of the Specsavers Ashes series and provided for some truly memorable moments; guests were treated to a unique and world-class hospitality experience whilst England squared the series with a near textbook victory in the final Test.
The Montpelier Club provided an unforgettable hospitality experience for its guests. This exclusive hospitality package perfectly complemented the exciting game of cricket; guests soaked up the atmosphere from their exclusive seating on the private balcony, boasting a world-class and luxury experience. Our guests were treated to various hot and cold breakfast options upon arrival as well as a three course à la carte lunch followed by afternoon tea later in the day.
Guests were close to the action, positioned to the side of the player’s changing rooms with elevated views of the stunning stadium.
The India Room, located in our OCS stand, saw some changes ahead of the fifth Ashes Test. Guests could now enjoy watching the cricket in an informal, relaxed and contemporary setting, with the offering of hot and cold buffet options and a complimentary bar. This exceptional hospitality experience paired with the very best views of the famous Oval wicket and Pavilion stands was the recipe for a truly unforgettable hospitality experience at The Oval.
Our outdoor terraces were a hit with our guests during the fifth Ashes test.
The Corinthian Roof Terrace provided guests with an informal and relaxed setting to watch the final instalment of the Ashes series. This facility offered spectacular sunny panoramic views of of the pitch from directly behind the bowlers arm. Guests enjoyed an extensive buffet and selection of drinks throughout the day.
The 1845 Terrace, which is located on level 4 of the OCS Stand boasted fantastic panoramic views of London. Guests loved the informal dining experience and fork buffet during the test match. There was a lively atmosphere in the afternoon with our guests being treated to traditional afternoon tea.
The Tenison Terrace was immersed in the atmosphere during the fifth test. This facility was loved by guests for its informality and picnic style dining. There was a complimentary bar and private terrace for guests to enjoy throughout the day.
Whilst soaking up the hospitality experience, our guests were also treated to appearances from guest speakers Matthew Hoggard, Graham Gooch, Ryan Sidebottom and Glenn McGrath. The cricketing legends shared some of their fondest memories from the game with each having played international cricket for their respective teams.
A Summary of The Series
Although Australia had already retained the urn before the fifth Test begun, England were able to tie the series with an incredible performance at The Kia Oval, bowling Australia out for 263 on day four, 136 runs short of their target. Perhaps this was a combination of Denly’s near-century score (94) and impressive bowling from Archer in the first innings (6-62) and Leach (4-49) in the second. It was certainly a redeemable performance after a resounding defeat at Old Trafford for the fourth Test, resulting in the the Ashes ending on a high for both teams.
This year’s Ashes Test was certainly an extraordinary one; Smith’s supernatural average of 110 in a bowlers’ series, Archer’s mastery bowling and Stokes’ astonishing test that will live on for decades, not to mention his outrageous six when he reverse swept Lyon at Headingley. However, after 23 days of riveting Test cricket and England’s World Cup triumph earlier this summer, Australia retained the urn with the final score settling at 2-2 draw.
It’s hard to pinpoint a particular admirable moment this series, with a great amount of the players making their mark on this Test. Ben Stokes delivered the most stunning individual performance in the series, or perhaps in any series. Jofra Archer delivered a handful of series-changing and impactful balls throughout, which bodes well for his future cricketing career. Jack Leach and the quality of his bowling, as well as one and only run in his partnership with Stokes in Test three, which, arguably, may have been the most important run of the series.
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