The Ashes: Sky Cricket pundits take on Sky Bet Charity Challenge
Andrew Strauss is the new favourite to win Sky Bet's 10k Charity Challenge after a strong fourth Test.
Last Updated: 20/08/13 1:34pm
After four Tests, Sir Ian Botham, Andrew Strauss and Nasser Hussain are level-pegging in Sky Bet's 10k Charity Challenge having raised a total of £1,200 each for their respective causes.
Botham 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 - Beefy, Nasser, David Lloyd, Andrew Strauss and Mike Atherton.
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.
Strauss now has a clear advantage going into the fifth and final Test at the Oval as his series prediction that spinner Graeme Swann will take the most wickets is looking strong. Should that come to pass it would add a further £450 to his overall pot.
But should Beefy, Nasser or Athers win the final £1k up for grabs in Kennington then they could land the prize and the £5k bonus. Sadly for him and his charity, only Bumble can't win outright.
Fifth Test picks
|Beefy||Australia to win the toss||10/11||£100||-||-|
|Nass||Eng to have highest opening stand (1st)||8/11||£100||-||-|
|Bumble||Trott to be Man of the Match||16/1||£100||-||-|
|Straussy||Eng to win||10/11||£100||-||-|
|Athers||Bell to score most Eng runs (1st)||4/1||£100||-||-|
You can follow each of the pundits' progress here on skysports.com and Sky Bet, your best bet for cricket markets.
Here's how the Challenge works: each pundit will place £100 on an Ashes-related market before each Test and the commentator who generates the largest profit will collect a guaranteed £1,000 for their chosen charity.
In addition, each pundit will be asked to provide one Series prediction which will be added to the combined cash total over each of the five Tests, with any winnings added to the pundits overall total.
Whoever generates the most winnings over the Series will collect a £5,000 bonus for their charity.
|Beefy||Beefy's Big Sri Lanka Walk||5-0 England||16/1||-||-|
|Nass||Operation Smile||Pietersen leading run-scorer||5/1||-||-|
|Bumble||Blackburn Hospice||5-0 England||16/1||-||-|
|Straussy||Anthony Nolan Trust||Swann most wickets||9/2||-||-|
|Athers||Arthritis Research UK||Swann most wickets||9/2||-||-|
Fourth Test picks
|Beefy||England to win Series 4-0||7/2||£100||-||-|
|Nass||Trott overall top 1st inns runs||8/1||£100||Cook||-|
|Bumble||Eng to win 4th Test||11/10||£100||England||£110|
|Straussy||Cook most Eng runs 1st inns||7/2||£100||Cook||£350|
|Athers||Anderson top overall 1st inns wkts||7/2||£100||Broad||-|
Third Test picks
|Beefy||Anderson man of the match||10/1||£100||Clarke||-|
|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|
|Straussy||Cook most Eng runs 1st inns||9/2||£100||Pietersen||-|
|Athers||Khawaja most Aus runs 1st inns||9/2||£100||Clarke||-|
Second Test picks
|Beefy||Anderson most 1st inns wkts||2/1||£100||Swann||-|
|Nass||England to win & Cook to score most first inns runs||13/2||£100||England & Bell||-|
|Bumble||Rogers top Aus 1st inns run-scorer||4/1||£100||Watson||-|
|Straussy||England to have highest 1st inns partnership||8/11||£100||Australia||-|
|Athers||First wicket method - caught keeper||3/1||£100||LBW||-|
First Test picks
|Beefy||Anderson most 1st inns wkts||2/1||£100||Anderson||£1,000*|
|Nass||Test ends D4 afternoon||13/2||£100||D5 afternoon||-|
|Bumble||Hughes top Aus 1st inns runs||6/1||£100||Agar||-|
|Straussy||Trott top 1st inns runs||8/1-||£100||Agar||-|
|Athers||Swann most Wkts||8/1||£100||Siddle/Anderson||-|
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