M&G Crowned ‘Six in the City’ Champions 2012

Revenge was a dish best served cold in our annual six-a-side corporate competition ‘Six in the City’ with M&G lifting the coveted trophy after defeating the team that they narrowly missed out to in the 2011 final, IG Index. The event, in aid of Chance to Shine, took place at the Honourable Artillery Company’s ground in the heart of London last week (6 September) and a number of top city firms supported the day.

M&G overcame last year’s winners IG Index in the final. Their captain Rob Hall received the trophy from former England bowler Jeremy Snape at the evening dinner (pictured). Other guests in attendance throughout the day were former England cricketers Devon Malcolm, Ed Giddins and Alex Tudor, former England women’s cricketer Rosalie Birch, Middlesex cricketers Tom Smith and Tom Scollay and Jon Desborough and Charles Colvile of Sky News and Sky Sports respectively.

Our thanks to all the teams that took part in the competition: Apax, Black Rock, Brewin Dolphin, IG Index, Linklaters, M&G, McKinsey, Neptune, Pearson, Spencer, Standard Chartered and Trinorth.

Special thanks to Chance to Shine supporter John Fingleton who worked tirelessly throughout the day providing expert commentary on every match.

A full match report can be read below.

Please contact us if you would like to take part in Six in the City 2013.

Group 1

The opening match saw M&G take on Brewin Dolphin. Brewin Dolphin batted first and posted a total of 36 all out off their 6 overs. This was knocked off with ease as M&G reached 37 for 0 in the third over with opening batsman Vanderspar having to retire on 27 not out taking M&G to victory. Brewin Dolphin then looked to bounce back from their opening match defeat with a win against Neptune in game two. Neptune batted first and posted a good score of 68 from their innings with MacLennan top scoring with 25 retired not out. Brewin Dolphin responded well with opener and Middlesex batsman Tom Scollay making 19. This however, was as good as it got for Brewin Dolphin who only managed 52 and were sent out of the competition at the group stage. Scott was the pick of the Neptune bowlers taking 2 for 9 off his 2 overs. The final game of group 1 was a straight shoot out between M&G and Neptune for a place in the final. Neptune batted first and were restricted to just 49 off their 6 overs. Captain MacLennan once again top scored retiring not out on 27 but the bowling of Middlesex’s Tom Smith kept M&G in the game as he took 2 for 17 off 2 overs. Smith followed up his bowling by making 26 retired not out as M&G reached 50 in the fifth over for the loss of just one wicket and booked their place in the Six in the City final. Neptune would contest the plate final.

Group 2

Last years winners IG Index faced Linklaters in the opening match of group 2. IG Index were the first to bat and largely assisted by the opening batsmen Adams (24 not out) and Ryan (26 retired not out) made 56 for 1 from their innings. Linklaters responded with Allfrey hitting 18 but two wickets from Middleton ensured IG Index restricted them to 44 for 3 and left Linklaters needing to win their next game to remain in the competition. In game 2 IG Index met Standard Chartered knowing a win would seal their place in the final. IG Index were the first to bat and made an impressive 82 from their 6 overs with telling contributions from their top 3; J Malcolm (25 retired not out), Middleton (22) and Adams (26 retired not out). Despite a good innings of 26 retired not out from former England women’s cricketer Rosalie Birch, Standard Chartered could only manage a total of 52. IG Index captain Gary Tibbs took 2 for 18 to ensure their place in the final where they would face M&G for the second year running. The final game of the group stages saw Linklaters play Standard Chartered for a place in the plate final. Linklaters batted first and with the help of former England international Alex Tudor (20) posted a competitive score of 69. Standard Chartered were very close in response but unfortunately fell just four runs short making 64 from their 6 overs. A tight over from Tudor that went for just 5 runs proved to be the difference as Linklaters took their place in the plate final where they would face Neptune.

Plate Final

Neptune met Linklaters in the plate final and were the first to bat. Thanks to Smith (27 retired not out) and Liverton (20) Neptune reached 71 for 3. In response, Linklaters’ Alex Tudor followed up his 2 for 19 when bowling by opening the batting and getting the team off to a great start with his 23 runs before being caught and bowled by Desai. This wicket proved crucial as despite a hard fought 17 from fellow opener Allfrey, Linklaters ended up 3 runs short of the required target as Neptune were crowned Six in the City Plate winners 2012.

Final

The final was contested by M&G and IG Index in a repeat of last year’s final where IG Index emerged victorious. M&G won the toss and inserted IG Index to bat. Their innings got off to a great start with opener J Malcolm having to retire on 26 not out. This was supported by Ryan who made 17 but a good last over from Slater (2 for 15) kept IG Index to a total of 57 for 4. The M&G innings also started well with Vanderspar making 17 before being caught behind off the bowling of former England fast bowler Devon Malcolm. Once again it was Middlesex’s Tom Smith who stole the show hitting 26 retired not out as M&G reached 58 in the final over for the loss of just one wicket to win the Six in the City competition.

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