Pundits' charity picks

England may have a series to win but which of our pundits will come out on top in Sky Bet's £10,000 Ashes Charity Challenge?

Last Updated: 20/08/13 at 13:34 Post Comment

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.

Overall standings

PunditWinnings
Beefy£1,200
Nasser£1,200
Straussy£1,200
Athers£200
Bumble£200

Fifth Test picks

PunditPredictionOddsStakeOutcomeWinnings
BeefyAustralia to win the toss10/11£100--
NassEng to have highest opening stand (1st)8/11£100--
BumbleTrott to be Man of the Match16/1£100--
StraussyEng to win10/11£100--
AthersBell 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.

Series selection

PunditCharityPredictionOddsOutcomeWinnings
BeefyBeefy's Big Sri Lanka Walk5-0 England16/1--
NassOperation SmilePietersen leading run-scorer5/1--
BumbleBlackburn Hospice5-0 England16/1--
StraussyAnthony Nolan TrustSwann most wickets9/2--
AthersArthritis Research UKSwann most wickets9/2--

Fourth Test picks

PunditPredictionOddsStakeOutcomeWinnings
BeefyEngland to win Series 4-07/2£100--
NassTrott overall top 1st inns runs8/1£100Cook-
BumbleEng to win 4th Test11/10£100England£110
StraussyCook most Eng runs 1st inns7/2£100Cook£350
AthersAnderson top overall 1st inns wkts7/2£100Broad-

Third Test picks

PunditPredictionOddsStakeOutcomeWinnings
BeefyAnderson man of the match10/1£100Clarke-
NassAustralia to win toss10/11£100Aus win£90.91
BumbleFall of 1st Eng wicket over 29.5 runs5/6£10047£83.33
StraussyCook most Eng runs 1st inns9/2£100Pietersen-
AthersKhawaja most Aus runs 1st inns9/2£100Clarke-

Second Test picks

PunditPredictionOddsStakeOutcomeWinnings
BeefyAnderson most 1st inns wkts2/1£100Swann-
NassEngland to win & Cook to score most first inns runs13/2£100England & Bell-
BumbleRogers top Aus 1st inns run-scorer4/1£100Watson-
StraussyEngland to have highest 1st inns partnership8/11£100Australia-
AthersFirst wicket method - caught keeper3/1£100LBW-


First Test picks

PunditPredictionOddsStakeOutcomeWinnings
BeefyAnderson most 1st inns wkts2/1£100Anderson£1,000*
NassTest ends D4 afternoon13/2£100D5 afternoon-
BumbleHughes top Aus 1st inns runs6/1£100Agar-
StraussyTrott top 1st inns runs8/1-£100Agar-
AthersSwann most Wkts8/1£100Siddle/Anderson-

*Includes bonus

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