The Ashes: Botham walks off as Sky Bet Charity Challenge winner
Sir Ian Botham strolled to victory in Sky Bet's Charity Challenge, winning £7k for his Big Sri Lanka Walk.
Last Updated: 27/08/13 3:28pm
Botham's impressive total earned him victory over co-commentators Nasser Hussain, David Lloyd, Andrew Strauss and Mike Atherton, giving him even more reason to celebrate England's 3-0 series victory.
The former England all-rounder stormed ahead after predicting that James Anderson would take the most wickets for England in the first innings of the first Test and the seamer duly delivered by helping himself to 5-85 at Trent Bridge to earn Beefy £200 - plus a £1,000 bonus.
With none of the pundits backing a winner in the second Test, the £1,000 was split equally by the five pundits. Nasser and Bumble both made successful selections for Old Trafford but the former England skipper took the honours - and the bonus - by virtue of winning more money for charity.
But the fourth Test belonged to Andrew, who correctly backed Alastair Cook to be England's top run-scorer in the first innings - the skipper's 51 netting him winnings of £350, earning Strauss the £1,000 bonus.
That meant that after four Tests, Botham, Strauss and Hussain were level-pegging having raised a total of £1,200 each for their respective causes but the final honours went to Beefy as he correctly predicted that Australia would win the toss at 10/11 - his £90.91 winnings eclipsing Nasser's £72.73 return for backing England to have the highest first-innings wicket stand at 8/11.
After generating the most winnings over the Series, Beefy duly collected a £5,000 bonus for his chosen charity.
Final overall standings
|Beefy||Beefy's Big Sri Lanka Walk||5-0 England||16/1||3-0 England||-|
|Nass||Operation Smile||Pietersen leading run-scorer||5/1||Ian Bell||-|
|Bumble||Blackburn Hospice||5-0 England||16/1||3-0 England||-|
|Straussy||Anthony Nolan Trust||Swann most wickets||9/2||Swann (26)||£450*|
|Athers||Arthritis Research UK||Swann most wickets||9/2||Swann (26)||£450*|
* Series winnings not added to overall pot
Winning Test-by-Test selections
|Beefy||Australia to win the toss||10/11||£100||Australia||£90.91|
|Nass||Eng to have highest opening stand (1st)||8/11||£100||Eng 27, Aus 19||£72.73|
|Bumble||Eng to win 4th Test||11/10||£100||England||£110|
|Straussy||Cook most Eng runs 1st inns||7/2||£100||Cook||£350|
|Nass||Australia to win toss||10/11||£100||Aus win||£90.91|
|Bumble||Fall of 1st Eng wicket over 29.5 runs||5/6||£100||47||£83.33|
None of the pundits made a winning selection.
First Test picks
|Beefy||Anderson most 1st inns wkts||2/1||£100||Anderson||£1,000*|
|Athers||Swann most Wkts||8/1||£100||Siddle/Anderson||-|