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Cricket’s coming home to Birmingham

Friday, June 14, 2019

Cricket’s coming home to Birmingham

England’s bid to regain the Ashes begin in Birmingham this summer, with the first test against Australia at Edgbaston from August 1st. We’ll be watching…will you? 

Around 25,000 will pack the stadium for each of its five days. And there’s plenty of reasons for the Barmy Army to celebrate as Edgbaston is considered England’s lucky ground.

Our boys have been undefeated in the city for a decade. But Australia are on a high from the 4-0 thumping they delivered in the last Ashes.

So to inspire England to victory, here are our six favourite Edgbaston Ashes moments of all time:

2015: Fast bowler Steve Finn stepped into the England team as a replacement for Mark Wood. He took a career-best six wickets for 79 runs, helping England to an emphatic win.

2005: England beat Australia by just two runs. Freddie Flintoff proved he is the ultimate sportsman by consoling Brett Lee on losing his wicket to end the closest ever match in Ashes history.

1997: England’s victory in the opening test proved that the ‘invincible’ Aussies were human after all. Nasser Hussain and Graham Thorpe hit a record-breaking 288-run 4th wicket partnership.

1985: David Gower hit a majestic 215 runs. His quick-fire 331 with batting partner Tim Robinson, remains one of the most impressive stands for England against Australia.

1981: With Australia needing just 46 to win, Ian Botham took five wickets from 28 balls and conceded just a single run. England’s amazing victory was a key part of the legendary ’81 series.

1909: England’s first Ashes win in Birmingham came at the second time of asking. Victory was largely down to left-arm bowlers George Hirst and Colin Blythe, who shared 20 wickets.

If you are one of the thousands heading to Edgbaston this summer, why not make big a day of it: watch them play, then stay overnight BLOC Hotel. We are looking forward to welcoming fans throughout the Edgbaston test match.

For more info on what’s on in and around the city this summer, visit our Things to do in Birmingham page and plan your staycation today.

Bloc Jewellery Quarter

Bloc is a short stay hotel designed to give you the very best of everything needed to sleep, shower and step out fresh into a new day, right in the heart of the action.

Its short-term staying designed around you. Lightspeed wifi, to keep you connected when you’re on. High-powered showers, sound-proof walls and big, comfy beds for when you’re not.

It’s everything you need, and none of what you don’t. No bells, no whistles, just pure rest and relaxation. And even better, it’s right at the centre of the action, so you can step right out into it when morning comes, and step right back in when the day is done.

Looking for some staycation inspiration? Check out Things to do in Birmingham and start planning your next adventure with Bloc.

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Bloc magazine.


Welcome to the spring 2020 issue of Bloc magazine, where we have collated a wealth of diverse features to enjoy on your travels.

In this issue we explore New Zealand, a country with hugely diverse regions offering incredible scenery, world-class wines and exciting ecotourism.

There's also an update on Jamie Chadwick, who we are very proud to sponsor as she makes her way up the motor racing grid.

There are the usual features; Meeting the Bloc team, our favourite shows to stream and the pick of Bloc's social media.

Don't forget to sign up to Bloc's VIP Guest List, which makes you eligible for free room upgrades, free coffee and be the first to hear about our blockbuster VIP competitions.

We hope that this magazine provides you with some insight and entertainment on your journey.