Following its inaugural tournament in Hyderabad, India, the Lawyers World Cricket Cup 2009 will take place between 26 July and 4 August. Teams from 12 countries representing the world’s cricketing nations will take part. The final will be placed at the Oval cricket ground on 4 August The tournament will raise money for the Cricket Foundation’s Chance to shine campaign, which aims to educate young people through a state schools cricket programme.
The English legal community is represented by a team of Barristers and a team of Solicitors. The English Solicitors team, put together with the help of Lovells LLP, includes Solicitors from firms such as Lovells, Herbert Smith, Jones Day, Linklaters, Mills Reeve, Harcus Sinclair, Allen & Overy, Charles Russell, Clyde & Co, Olswang, Muckle LLP, BLG and Lamport Bassitt.
James Cartwight, of the barristers' team and chairman of the organising committee said: "Our visitors from all over the world will get all the more joy from the tournament for knowing that they will help others to play the game they love so much."
Matthew Drew, captain of the English Solicitors’ team added: “The solicitors in our squad and the firms they represent are delighted to have the opportunity to raise money for such a fantastic programme. We look forward to matching the England Test side both in supporting Chance to shine and in beating the Aussies this summer.”
The motto of the tournament is "Cricket for Friendship", with participants aiming to promote friendship between all those who play cricket and their well-wishers and to use their professional skills, contacts and other resources to develop and increase participation in the game of cricket among players of all ages, male and female, around the world.
Simon Dyson, Executive Chairman, Chance to shine said “We are delighted to be associated with the Cup and wish all the teams luck and thank them for nominating Chance to shine as their beneficiary.”
The tournament, which will be played biannually, is aligned perfectly with the aspirations of Chance to shine, in aiming to educate young people through cricket, and for this reason, Chance to shine has been chosen as the beneficiary.