City cricketers hit the Oval for six

Cricketers from a number of top city firms descended on the Kia Oval last week (Thursday 12 September) to battle it out to become the 2013 Six in the City Champions to help support Chance to Shine. They were joined by a familiar face with England star Stuart Broad attending to show his support.

M&G Investments returned to defend the title that they won for the first time last year, along with regular participants IG Index, Neptune, Blackrock, Standard Chartered and Linklaters. They were joined by newcomers Ffastfill and Kingfisher in a new one day format which utilised the two pitches on offer at the Kia Oval.

The teams were split into two groups, where they played a round robin competition to decide the semi finalists. The winners of the two groups were Neptune and IG Index who played Ffastfill and M&G Investments in the semi finals with Neptune and M&G coming out on top.

A tense final was played between Neptune and M&G. M&G posted a competitive total of 74 for the loss of two wickets. Neptune made steady progress in reply, eventually needing two off the last ball to claim the title. In dramatic finale, they could only manage a single, meaning that M&G won by virtue of losing fewer wickets. Will Vanderspar from M&G, and Middlesex CCC, was awarded player of the day for finishing as the top run scorer.

The teams then moved into the Ashes Suite where Stuart Broad handed out the trophy to M&G captain Rob Hall. Several other Ashes winners were also in attendance as England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards and several members of their victorious team showed their support for the charity. SkySports presenter, Charles Colvile hosted the evening and former England cricketers Dean Headley, Ed Giddins and former Surrey captain Jonathan Batty also attended to swap stories with the cricketers.

Special thanks to Chance to Shine supporter John Fingleton who, once again, provided expert commentary throughout the day.


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