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Fun and games with UKFast at the Ashes

Article date: Mon, 15 Aug 2005 16:53 GMT

England face up for a second innings

After England levelled the Ashes at Edgbaston, Old Trafford promised to be something of a dogfight. And with an excellent start for England, UKFast got stuck in on day four with Freddie and the boys.

This summer's biggest hospitality event couldn't have got off to a better start. The dismissal of Shane Warne before achieving his century was met by cheers and set the scene for an exciting day.

Joining UKFast in the Executive Box were cricket fanatics Malcolm and Richard Nash of CSI Media, Rob Halliday-Stein of Dollond & Aitchison and Stephen Verber of Alexander and Co. And swapping Rugby for a slightly more sedate sport were Nathan Bombrys and John Everton of Sale Sharks.

We were also honoured to have an ex England International at University level with us in David Lucas of Media Vest. He and Andy Sawer of Pareto Law provided a combined knowledge of the game to intimidate Geoffrey Boycott!

We picked the right day weather wise and as we all settled down Pimms in hand, the barmy army stepped up for a rather raucous second innings – from the crowd that is! On the pitch, a slow start prompted murmurs in the box from a contingent that realised Vaughn could do with their tactical wizardry. However, slowly, but surely, England built a respectable 280 before declaring at 6pm to let the Aussie's have a swipe in the half-light.

Despite Pietersen's duck and Flintoff's disappointing 4 the cricket lived up to expectation. Strauss' century was marked around the ground with a standing ovation and the UKFast box enjoyed many a sweepstake resulting in a top sporting prizes for Andy Sawer, Rob Halliday-Stein and UKFast Account Manager Louisa Whibley – definitely a fix!

Topping off the day was the announcement that lifesize Freddie Flintoff cut outs were looking for good homes and Andy Sawer managed to defy nature by fitting one comfortably into the taxi for the ride home.

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