Wednesday 29 June 2011 

England Cricket Team Kit Suppliers Beat Journalists At Shared Passion - Cricket

Adidas XI 175-8 (Henry 49, Wright 30,  Woodroof 32, Alford 3-9, Miller 2-28) beat
Media XI 202 (Alford 43, Stow 34, Henderson 2-20, Pepperall 2-15) by 2 wickets (D/L)

The sun shone strongly for the Annual adidas v Media XI Cricket Match at the HAC Royal Artillery Ground, London.

Both teams were provided with almost all the kit required on the day, including shirt, trousers, boots and a cap - personal items were left up to individuals!

Having had the pleasantries and team photos, Adidas won the toss and decided to put the Media in to bat on a very well prepared wicket

The pink match ball worked very well in front of possibly the longest sightscreen in the world.  The marquee was in action later that day but before then the Media team were hoping to put a decent score on the board to challenge Team adidas.

It was not to be as only Mark Alford and Sam Stow managed to stay at the crease for any length of time and a total of 202 all out seemed shy of a decent total in most opinions.

A fantastic lunch was accompanied by heavy rain but once it had stopped, play resumed with a revised total of 175 which was harder to defend, particulary as Peter Wright and James Henry started to put bat to ball.   

As the finish line was in sight, a let flurry of wickets gave the media some hope but eventually James Woodruff finished the game whilst cleverly keeping Glen Holland off strike.

The adidas team prevailed by 2 wickets to level the series 1-1 with everyone looking forward to the decider next year.

Adrian Phillips thanked the hosts the HAC for the superb facilities, catering and wicket while Dean Wilson of the Mirror replied on behalf of the media to thank adidas for their hospitality.

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