Beefy's Ashes Bets!
It's a perfect finish - for England and Beefy!
Sir Ian Botham had double cause to celebrate as England wrapped up their 3-1 Ashes victory in the fifth and final Test at Sydney.
Not only was Beefy overjoyed to see the tourists secure their first series victory on Australian soil since he himself helped England win the urn in 1986/87, but he could also savour the perfect finish to his Ashes charity challenge, run in conjunction with Sky Bet.
Back in November Beefy set out to turn an initial £5,000 pot into an even more substantial sum for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research by backing winners during the series.
His judgement proved spot-on as England fulfilled his pre-series prediction that they would win the Ashes 3-1 - a score-line he wisely invested £250 in at 10/1.
The £2,500 pay-out swelled a portfolio that was already over £1,000 up after Beefy put £200 at 5/1 on Ian Bell to emerge as England's leading run-scorer in the first innings of the third Test at Perth.
In total, Beefy called eight bets correctly during the series - all of which are listed below - to secure winnings of £5,750 and raise a grand total of £10,750 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Reflecting on England's long-awaited victory in Australia, Beefy said: "This is a magnificent moment and one that we've all waited 24 years for.
"Those England boys will be feeling so good right now, as will all of the England supporters because they've watched this team develop over the last 18 months or so and now they are starting to see the finished article.
"This team will go to No 1 in the world so it's a great time to be watching English cricket.
"It's been one of the most professional of performances throughout this series and this result here in Sydney is the icing on the cake. There was one little dot on the radar when things didn't go well in Perth but apart from that England have been magnificent.
"The bowlers have hunted as a pack and backed each other up and the support from the fielding has been superb; the batsmen have come to the party, they've all wanted to score a big hundred when they've got in.
"Nothing has been overlooked, they've been professional in everything they've done even down to looking after the cricket ball. There will be one hell of a party and it will be richly deserved."
Beefy's successful Ashes Bets
|Final Series Score||England win 3-1||10/1||£250||£2,500|
|Fifth Test: Match result||England win||5/4||£200||£250|
|Fifth Test: Most England wickets (first inns)||James Anderson||7/4||£200||£350|
|Fourth Test: Match result||England win||15/8||£200||£375|
|Fourth Test: Most England wickets (first inns)||James Anderson||9/4||£200||£125*|
|Third Test: Most England runs (first inns)||Ian Bell||5/1||£200||£1,000|
|Second Test: Match result||England win||11/4||£200||£550|
|Second Test: Most England wickets (first inns)||James Anderson||3/1||£200||£600|
* Anderson and Tremlett both took four wickets
Last year Beefy continued his battle to help beat childhood leukaemia by successfully completing a 10-day walk some 25 years after his first legendary expedition from John O'Groats to Land's End.
In 1985, only 20 per cent of children survived the most common form of childhood leukaemia, now 90 per cent survive this disease. But there are still children for whom the outlook is not so good and Beefy is determined to make sure every child survives leukaemia.
The President of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: "This walk was extra special for me as it marked 25 years since my first walk and also Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research's 50th anniversary.
"I never forget why I put myself through the pain and blisters. I won't stop until we beat childhood leukaemia."
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Sean daniel Brett says...
Good work Beefy, picking the result 3-1. I picked the same shame I didn't bet on it :)
Posted 16:32 8th January 2011
Paul Mccabe says...
Beefy...... You were a hero and legend off the pitch and now a hero and dream maker for so many people off the pitch with all your chairty / awareness work... Keep it up...! P.S. Back at Somerset then Worcester it was you and Hicky that got me into cricket...!!
Posted 00:09 8th January 2011
Leighton Wright says...
Well done Ian....its refreshing to see a celeb and a Knight of the realm give so much time and money to such a fantastic cause. I have 2 kids myself and the thought of being told they are ill makes me shudder to the bone if we can beat such a horrible disease like this then it gives everyone hope....and in the future I will defo come to you for my betting tips!!....Congratulations!...and nice tan on the pic by the way!!
Posted 17:22 7th January 2011
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