England Given Chance To 'Buy A Win'
As their tour of Australia lurches from one bad result to another, England have been given the opportunity to buy a win - thanks to buyagift.com and a cricket club in Berkshire.
Berkshire-based cricket club Hurley CC has teamed up with buyagift.com to offer an exclusive £100 package which includes a game of 'winnable cricket'.
Hurley, founded in 1904, and part of the Chilterns League, have agreed to play Alastair Cook's men in a bid to boost their confidence.
They will give their all, although England should complete an easy win to get their summer off to a successful start.
The package includes a traditional cricket tea and free drinks, including a range of local ales from the club's bar.
The picturesque village sits on the River Thames, straddling the Berkshire/Oxfordshire boundary and there is an oak tree within the confines of the playing area - a far cry from the likes of the Gabba and the M.C.G.
"It's been a horrible tour for England so we feel it is our civic duty to offer them a confidence building game," Hurley CC secretary Mike Walton said.
"Normally the honour of having internationals at the club would be enough, but KP and co have been so off-form of late, that we'll need to be paid for the embarrassment of losing to them.
"If the guys don't want a game, they can come down for tea with our Val, who puts on some of the best spreads in the country. If anything is going to make Steven Finn fall in love with cricket again, it's her scones."
Waiting for England's batsmen will be Hurley's all-time leading wicket-taker Phil 'Golden Balls' Ridgeway while their bowlers will have to dislodge renowned forward-defensive expert Mike 'The Brick' Walton.
Dan Mountain CEO of Buyagift.com added:
"We pride ourselves on providing our customers with packages they will really want to experience and as it stands, I don’t think Alastair Cook wants to experience anything more than a win.
"We're grateful to Hurley Cricket Club for offering their services, but if the team have had enough of cricket for the time being, one of our many spa days could help alleviate some stress for the under fire team."
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