Diary: Heady days for the leather and willow

Cricket fans among the PR community still basking in the glow of last weekend's thrilling England victory against Australia have another victory to celebrate.

The City's finest 11 spinners, including Corfin co-founder Harry Chathli, Icis PR director Archie Berens and Buchanan director Mark Edwards - led by Financial Dynamics senior V-P James Melville-Ross - vanquished a team of financial journalists, led by The Sunday Telegraph's Andrew Murray-Watson, including Independent City editor Damian Reece and Financial Times investment editor Philip Coggan.

In the match, held in Roehampton on Sunday, the PR 'Flacks' team notched up a blistering 227 for eight in their allotted 35 overs, while the 'Hacks' were all out for 173.

The 54-run win and the £13,000 raised for St Thomas' Neonatal Unit and Maggies Cancer Caring Centres were a cause for celebration, but we couldn't help wondering if the two sides weren't tempted to question the symbiotic relationship between their two professions with some bodyline bowling.

Melville-Ross plays a dead bat, insisting all behaved 'impeccably'. But he still accuses Murray-Watson of 'sledging' - needling the Flacks for not making 300 runs. Well, anything the Aussies can do...

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