IG Index crowned ‘Six in the City’ cricket champions

A host of top city firms supported our annual six-a-side corporate competition, ‘Six in the City’, in aid of Chance to Shine. The event took place at the Honourable Artillery Company’s ground in the heart of the City on 8 September and saw brand new champions lift the trophy.

Many congratulations to IG Index who beat M&G in the final. Their captain Gary Tibbs, received the trophy from England and Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright at the evening dinner; which was also attended by Michael Holding, Shaun Udal and our England Women Coaching Ambasadors.

A full match report can be read below and images can be viewed on the Chance to Shine facebook page.

Match report:

Group 1

In the opening match, IG Index played PwC and successfully chased their total of 52 without losing a wicket. Greg Adams hit 25 not out to secure the win. They then sealed their place in the final with another six wicket victory over Pearson. In what turned out to be a straight play-off for a plate final, Pearson overcame PwC with a dominant performance thanks largely to a spectacular Naz Ali hat trick off the first three balls of the match.

Group 2

Group 2 followed a similar pattern. M&G got their 2011 finals day off to the best possible start with a victory over defending champions Linklaters. They then followed this up with a superb victory over Brewin Dolphin, which included some fine batting by Phil Holbrook and secured their place in the 2011 final. Another straight play-off for a place in the plate final between Linklaters and Brewin Dolphin ended proceedings in Group 2, with Linklaters winning the match.

Plate Final

In the plate final, Pearson overcame last year’s winners Linklaters to end their campaign with a piece of silverware, chasing down Linklaters total of 61. Carl Grennidge put in a fine performance with the bat and produced a superb catch to seal Pearson the win.

Final

In this year’s Grand Final, IG Index came up against M&G. IG won the toss and elected to bowl. M&G posted a respectable 57, losing three wickets in the innings. Phil Holbrook held the innings together with another retirement. Adams and Ryan got the IG innings off to a solid start: at the half way point of their innings, IG were 33 without loss. Ryan retired on 25, leaving IG 7 to win off the last over. Adams won the match with another boundary to secure IG the title of 2011 Six in the City champions.

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