Sunday, 23 August 2009

'Cricket in The Park' - nPower big screen Ashes cricket in Regents Park

For this Ashes series we have had the (ever-dependable) Test Match Special BBC radio / online coverage and the Five daily highlights (with invaluable online catch up service), however the only UK live TV coverage has been through Sky.

This has acted as a barrier to many, but over the summer cricket sponsor NPower have been running 'Cricket In The Park' public big screen events in across the UK. This weekend the 'Cricket In The Park' big screen came to Regents Park in London and we enjoyed ourselves immensely today!

Regents Park Cricket in the Park entranceRegents Park 'Cricket in The Park' - entrance (click for larger image)

Thousands of people attended the Regents Park 'Cricket in the Park' event and by mid-afternoon a capacity crowd was in place and watching England win back the Ashes:

Regents Park Cricket in The Park crowd view from the backRegents Park 'Cricket in The Park' - view from near the back (click for larger image)

Regents Park cricket in the park side view of the crowdRegents Park 'Cricket in The Park' - view from the side (click for larger image)

Regents Park cricket in the park crowd front viewRegents Park 'Cricket in The Park' - view by the screen (click for larger image)

Regents Park cricket in the park screen viewRegents Park 'Cricket in The Park' - view from the screen looking back (click for larger image)

NPower event staff added to the atmosphere by wandering the crowds distributing various NPower-branded cricket paraphernalia including inflatable kangaroos, picnic mats, 'bangers', scratch cards (where every one seemed to win a 2005 Ashes DVD) and more:

Regents Park cricket in the park Npower giftsRegents Park 'Cricket in The Park' - NPower gifts (click for larger image)

Buxton water ran a Kids Zone play area and a giant screen hosted an Ashes Cricket Wii competition:

Regents Park cricket in the park giant Wii competitionRegents Park 'Cricket in The Park' - giant Ashes cricket Wii competition (click for larger image)

However, the best thing about today was the action - and being able to watch it with thousands of people outdoors added to the excitement:

Cricket In The Park (Regents Park, London) - Ponting out!

Great day, one that we'll remember for a long time - and I'll guess we'll also look back favourably on the brands that helped make it happen!

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vijayanand said...

Andrew Flintoff considered to be one among the best all rounder of all times has reiterated his earlier stand on retirement decision. With Australia dominating the fifth Ashes Test which will be a deciding game, there were rumors that Flint off may reconsider his decision.
Flintoff had earlier made up his mind to retire from Test cricket after the current Ashes series, citing the frequent injuries as the reason is firm in his stand. He however did not rule out the possibility of playing four day cricket at national level as a part of Lancashire team. However the eminent all rounder will be continuing playing cricket as far as fifty over game and twenty-twenty version are concerned. Flintoff is a part of IPL Chennai Super Kings team.

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vijayanand said...

Shane Warne – The best bowler Australia has ever produced has opened up his mind to the media. He exposed his discontent regarding umpires. According to the ace spinner barring a few exceptions like Simon Tauter and ASAP Rauf other umpires went awry in terms of performance .Expressing disappointment that the standard of umpiring has deteriorated to the worst extent in the past twenty years of time he opined that though umpiring was a hard job, the performances of the umpires in the Ashes series had been consistently so ordinary. As far as Warne is concerned umpire Billy Bowden whom he expected to deliver correct judgments was also not consistent in performing his duty.
The spinner repents that there are too many instances of such bad judgments, which is increasingly becoming a cause of concern. He directly made a mention of names of umpires Daryl Harper and Billy Bowden, accusing them to be adamant in not confessing their wrong judgments. He also tried to strengthen his claim by mentioning that several players were not having a good opinion about those umpires in their minds. Warne insisted that the umpires should maintain a friendly attitude towards the players by shedding their high-handed attitude Warne also expressed his view repetitively that fifty over match should be withdrawn once for all as if such a change is brought about it would enable the players to spend more time with their families and relieve them from

vijayanand said...

Younis khan, the incumbent skipper of Pakistan cricket team , has proclaimed that outwitting India will be his top priority in the Champions Trophy, when the two sides confront on September 26 in Centurion. Earlier team mate spinner Umar Gul also expressed the same. Sunday, and underline Pakistan’s poor record against India in ICC events.
The fact that Pakistan lost two times to India, in 2007 when the twenty-twenty tournaments were introduced had offended the feelings of his teammates, said Younis. Regarding team India as a highly talented one-day side, he said his teammates were looking forward to a vengeance. A long gap has been left since the last victory of Pakistan over India in the 2004 Champions Trophy. Relations between the two countries have been strained after the terror attacks in Mumbai last November, and this tension reflected in cricket too as both the teams have not played withy each other for an year.