Lancashire To Win T20 - You Must Be Having A Giraffe?

Lancashire fans could be celebrating a double win for the county at Twenty20 Finals Day this Saturday when club mascot Lanky the Giraffe lines up against 17 of his furry friends in this year’s npower Derby. A mix between the Olympic 400 metres and an episode of the 1960’s cult TV show “It’s A Knockout”, the npower Derby is one of the highlights of an action packed day of cricket. The mascot race, which starts at 14.30, will feature 18 weird and wonderful mascots - 15 from the County Championship, Sky’s Jack Russell and the npower Orbs. Official Twenty20 bookmakers Totesport have priced the nine foot giraffe, who lifted the npower trophy in 2004, as a 9/2 favourite. Lanky said: "The npower Derby during Twenty 20 Finals day is the biggest day of the year for us mascots and I don’t want to stick my neck out but I'm convinced I'm head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. I've been on a strict diet of acacia leaves since the start of the season and I've been getting plenty of exercise walking round the boundary seeing all the young Lancashire fans at the Twenty20 regional games. I'll be crossing my hooves for a double win for Lancashire but at the end of the day it's all a bit of giraffe. Go Lanky Lanky!" However, the counties favourite giraffe will be up against some pretty stiff competition. Last year’s winner, Sid the Shark from Sussex, has been priced at 6/1. Warwickshire’s 2005 winner, Carmen the Bear, is also priced at 6/1. Surprisingly, the npower Orbs aren’t fancied by the bookmakers (priced at 10/1 each) despite having two ex-England cricketers wearing the outfits. Chris Lewis and Jason Gallian will don the Orb suits on behalf of Twenty 20 sponsors npower to raise money for charity. Lewis will be running in aid of Macmillan, npower’s charity partner, and Gallian for the Professional Cricketers Association Benevolent Fund. Chris Lewis said: “Hopefully being an npower Orb will give me the energy I’ll need to cross the finish line in first place, but at the end of the day, wherever Jason and I finish, we’re out here raising money for two great causes.” Totesport have also promised to offer odds of 66/1 if Sky commentator David Lloyd puts on a costume. The Edgbaston crowd will also enjoy performances from ex-Sugarbabe Mutya Buena supported by 2001 Pop Idol and X Factor contestant, Haifa. Totesport odds for the npower Derby: Lanky (Lancashire) 9/2 favourite Sid the Shark (Sussex) 6/1 Max (Yorkshire) 6/1 Carmen Bear (Warwickshire) 6/1 Jack Russell (Sky) 6/1 Chester the Lion (Durham) 7/1 Bomber (Kent) 7/1 Harry the Hawk (Hampshire) 7/1 Eddie the Eagle (Essex) 8/1 Kenny Kennington (Surrey) 9/1 Steeler the Dog (Northants) 8/1 Charlie Fox (Leicestershire) 10/1 Nuts the Squirrel (Notts) 10/1 The npower Orbs (npower) 10/1 Stumpy (Somerset) 10/1 Hugh Bear (Warwickshire) 14/1 Molly (Yorkshire) 16/1 © Lancashire CCC
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