Who will rein triumphant in NZME’s inter-agency cricket comp? (Updated)

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The NZME Agency team want to enlist Auckland agencies to get involved in some friendly competition, with the launch of NZME’s inaugural inter-agency cricket competition, the Agency Super Smash Big Bash Premiere League competition – scheduled for Friday 3 November at the Domain.

The Alternative Commentary Collective (ACC) will be loitering about on the day, playing the early rounds and commentating the final clash, which will be broadcast across a specially designed iHeart Radio station.

Jeremy Wells, one of the ACC punishers, says, “The Alternative Commentary Collective really prides itself on covering all the big sporting occasions, and then subsequently being kicked out of them so we are really looking forward to running and defaming our very own tournament.”

Agencies are invited to register teams of eight for the Last Man Standing-style event, and enjoy a few yarns and drinks on NZME. No day of cricket is complete without snags, so the radio stations will be there providing tunes and food.

“Cricket is basically rugby on horse-tranquiliser!”

NZME acting chief commercial officer Matt Headland says it will be a great day for rivalry and banter. “We’re looking forward to some serious cricket and beers, so cancel that Ponsonby Road lunch, chuck on the out-of-office and come see if you can beat the NZME team.”

The winner of the competition will not only get bragging rights, but win a secret prize courtesy of the agency team at NMZE.

Carat’s Nick Dykes is one of the first to sign up. :NZME would be able to successfully organise a tournament of this nature” he said. “I know [Radio Hauraki Content Director] Mike Lane looks like a semi-literate, under-qualified punisher, but I have actually worked with him before and he isn’t as much of a dick as you would think.”

Dykes is confident Carat will field a competitive outfit with a number of past and present first XI players on the books. He is particularly looking forward to “advancing down the track and slapping their mediocre mediums into the duckpond”.

OMD group trading director Hamish Roderick is also raring to go. “Cricket is basically rugby on horse tranquiliser,” he reckons. “At this pace, it will be difficult not to rein triumphant.”

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