Media v Sales
On a beautiful summer’s day at The Hurlingham Club, the groundsman’s gift to the two sides was a belter of a track, cut in the middle of the square; ‘A road’ according to umpires Mike Gatting and Chris Cowdrey.
Both skippers were unavailable to play; Nick Lawson travelling on business and Mark Chippendale recovering from surgery. So Charlie Makin and Jamie Jouning took over the duties on field for the Agencies and Owners respectively.
The ‘groundsman’s gift’ proved to be bitter sweet as batsmen flourished and bowlers toiled with the ball flying to and over the boundary with relentless regularity. The Owners opened and Jamie Wilson of Perform raced to 51 before retiring while ESI’s Andrew Mullins had a rare failure, scoring a single boundary. Skipper Jouning reached a quickfire 53 retired with new boys Abeed Janmohammad (31) and Dallas Wyles (20) contributing to a challenging total of 252-7 from 30 overs. Mediacom’s Mick Mernagh shone with the ball taking 2-23 from 6 overs.
The Media Owners bowlers suffered in the same way as their opposite numbers. D. Beale (56 retired) and Simon Tray gave their team a flying start before Tray fell to Will Singleton of Active. Once again the ball flew to all corners and the Agencies stayed in contention with contributions from WPP’s Rowlinson (31) and Mernagh (50 retired). There were notable bowling performances from the very sharp JC Decaux’s Wiles, 1-17 from 5 overs and Active’s Singleton, 1-24 from 4. Janmohammad was exceptional behind the stumps for the Owners, helping them secure a 13-run victory to claim the 2013 title.
It was an amazing day’s cricket and not one for the faint hearted bowler. The well-deserved man of the match award went to Mick Mernagh.
After the cricket five minibuses were yet again presented to schools for disadvantaged children as in previous years reflecting the success of this event.
In the evening, 400 guests were entertained by the wonderful It Girls and their generous donations raised an event record £150,000 for the Taverners.
Special thanks has to go to Claudine Collins whose tireless efforts, organisation and vision have given this event fresh impetus and confirmed it as a key date in the media industry calendar.
Original event details:
Watch the Media and Sales teams do battle in this annual fixture at London's Hurlingham Club.
Tables of 10 places are available and if you would like to book, please contact John Ayling at John Aying Associates
on 0207 439 6070.
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