The Ashes

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The Ashes is a Test cricket series played between England and Australia. The Ashes are regarded as being held by the team that most recently won the Test series.


Since 1882, there have been 28% of drawn matches, England have won 32.8% and Australia 39.2% of games. The Ashes 2015 runs from July the 8th until the 24th of August. For those of you who follow cricket, you’ll know the excitement a game can bring. The Ashes is a popular tournament and one I’ve followed for many years. In fact, the 2013 Ashes were held just up the road to me in Chester-le-Street.


We are currently participating in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. Lord’s cricket ground – generally known as Lord’s, is a cricket venue in St John’s Wood, London. Named after its founder, Thomas Lord. The ground typically hosts two Tests every summer plus two one-day internationals. If you’re a big cricket fan, you may want to make a nice little holiday of it. I can highly recommend the Holiday Inn at Regents Park. I’ve stayed there several times while away on business and it’s a great hotel. The hotel lies in a leafy and cosmopolitan area of central London. The Holiday Inn Regent’s Park hotel is a perfect base from which to do business, or explore Britain’s capital.


England currently lead 1-0 in the five match series. Today is day two and Australia are currently 357 for one.

“If Australia try and get there too quickly tomorrow, they might get themselves out and they won’t get as many as they want. If I was Australia, I’d bat sensibly and that’d give them the best part of 90 runs by lunch. That gets them to 420 and it’ll then be lovely for them to attack the softer ball in the afternoon and take the bowling apart.” – Geoffrey Boycott

You can currently follow up-to-date scoring over at the BBC website or you can watch everything live on over at Sky Sports. My Uncle also loves the cricket so I might pop over later after work. I’m not a subscriber myself so he can always expect a visit when the cricket is on, haha. Fingers crossed we can take a few wickets between now and then.


How’s that? Enjoy it guys!


Post in collaboration with IHG.

About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.

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