Whatever you think of Martin Sorrell, it seems he’s got a few
friends in high places.
Last Sunday saw the annual cricket match between Ogilvy & Mather and its
parent company, WPP - an event approached with much trepidation by staff
on both sides.
The O&M team took the view that if they didn’t win, their ultimate boss
would be happy while their immediate superior would not. If they did
scoop the trophy, the highly competitive cricket-nut Sorrell wouldn’t be
Despite the fears and the struggle O&M had to recruit players - given
the delicate nature of the task - the match finally started.
Come lunchtime, O&M were 176-1 and looking good and the only thunder
around was in Sorrell’s eyes (although his team had still to bat).
Then, suddenly - and strangely - the heavens opened and the game was
called off. You have been warned.