The 18th UK Corporate Games took place in Loughborough, Charnwood and the Leicestershire surrounds from 14 – 17th July 2011. The UK Corporate Games is the largest corporate multi-sports festival where ‘Weekend Sports Warriors’ have the chance to represent their company, business or organisation. Around 4000 weekend warriors took part across 22 different sports with Loughborough Grammar School hosting the Men’s Cricket 8’s competition at their Quorn site on the 17th and 18th July. This venue was also host to the Rugby 7’s, Softball and Cross Country Running competitions.
Despite the weather doing its best to dampen everyone’s spirits, the Cricket 8’s competition finally got under-way on the two artificial wickets at Quorn (due to a very wet square) at 3pm on the Saturday. The competition saw teams from Asda, Bank of New York Melon, KPMG, CSC, Towers Watson and Vodafone take part in a round-robin league.
The competitions opening game was a high scoring match which saw ASDA set Bank of New York a target of 89 to win from their 7 overs. Bank of New York fought well, leaving 6 runs to win from the last ball, which their captain flamboyantly launched over mid-off to give them the first points of the day. Eight games in total were played across the two pitches on the Saturday which saw Bank of New York and KPMG sitting unbeaten over night, despite the latter losing a player with a dislocated finger.
With 7 games remaining and the weather promising to deteriorate in the afternoon, the Cricket 8’s competition started again at 9:30am on Sunday morning. Despite a promising start, Saturday night’s partying took its toll on the Bank of New York players who struggled to find their form and lost all their remaining matches. Following a slow start to the competition, CSC found their groove and fought back to be level on points with Vodafone. Having beaten them in their head to head match, CSC beat Vodafone to 2nd place behind KPMG who went through the competition unbeaten.
The top 3 teams were presented with their Medals in front of the Pavilion at Quorn. John Weitzel, Deputy Head at Loughborough Grammar School and former England U15’s Cricket Coach was asked to support the medal presentation. In the true spirit of the games, he presented KPMG with their medals before supporting the KPMG captain to hand them out to 2nd and 3rd place. As the final photographs were being taken of the winners, the Cricket 8’s competition finished as it had started… with a heavy downpour of rain.