Slaughter and May cricket slam” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/12038_cricket.jpg” />Partners at Slaughter and May have re-asserted their dominance over their junior colleagues at the firm’s annual cricket match.
In a thrilling climax to the twenty over contest, the match was decided on the final ball.
The assistants’ team needed four from the final delivery to repeat last year’s victory over the partnership, but fell just short.
Corporate finance partner Ian Hodgson said the result was a surprise against younger, fitter opponents, adding: “I don’t think any of the partners expected to do well.”
More than 100 Slaughter and May staff turned out at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) ground near the firm’s City office to watch the match.
The partners batted first, posting 144 from their twenty overs, helped by impressive knocks from M&A big-hitter Simon Nicholls and Roland ‘The Runmaker’ Turnill.
In reply, Rob Innes and Nick Gavin-Brown made 25 each for the assistants, while the lively medium pace of Hodgson took three wickets for the partners.
Finance partner Glen James took the man-of-the-match award despite not contributing with bat or ball.
In response to some questionable umpiring decisions by the two trainees out in the middle, Hodgson said: “They were under strict orders to make sure we won. Their jobs depended on it.”
He also admitted that partners had benefited from last-minute replacements drafted in from the firm’s catering team to bolster the partners’ line-up.