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West End Wide Boys too strong for Savills at this year’s King Cricket tournament


London, 17th August 2011 - The annual King Cricket tournament, sponsored by Jones Lang LaSalle came to a fitting conclusion on Thursday 11th August as last year’s champions, the West End Wide Boys took on an in-form Savills team at the Bank of England Cricket Club, Roehampton. 
 
On a good pitch and in over cast conditions, Savills batted first making the batting look easy, and set an impressive 166-4 from their 20 overs with Simon Marshall scoring 80 not out.  Rob Nelson took 2-37 for the Wide Boys.

The Wide Boys needed over 8 runs an over if they were going to win the title for the second year on the bounce.  However, their response got off to a dreadful start being 9 for 3 after two overs. George Brooksbank settled the innings, just falling short of his half century, making 48.  An eighth wicket partnership between Alex Houghton (23 no) and Jeff Clark (14 no) brought the Wide Boys within touching distance of the required 167 needed for victory. 

With 2 balls to go the odds were stacked against a Wide Boys victory with 6 runs still required.  The penultimate ball of this year’s tournament was sent clear of the boundary rope for 6 to settle a wonderful final and another title for the WEWB – their 5th since entering the tournament in 2001.

Mitch….., Manager of the West End Wide Boys, commented on the victory: “…….”

The game was expertly overseen by SPARKS patron Robert Powell from BBC’s Holby City, who presented the Cup to the Wide Boys captain Tom Mees. Simon Marshall was the well-deserved man of the match. Mark Stupples, Lead Director - UK Property & Asset Management at Jones Lang LaSalle, rounded off a successful evening by presenting a cheque for £7,000 to SPARKS, a leading children’s medical research charity.
 
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