totesport Bounty Initiative: A ton per run if Napierís record is broken

Thursday 11th June 2009

THE Twenty20 Cup re-starts on Monday 22th June and official partner totesport will be resuming the charity bounty initiative that will see the bookmaker donate £100 per run to any player who manages to beat Graham Napier“s record-breaking 152 not out during this year“s competition.

Napier“s mammoth innings came for his club Essex in their match against Sussex in last year“s tournament which included a world record 16 sixes from 58 balls. The Essex batsman has gone from strength to strength since and has been picked for England“s World Cup Twenty20 squad having also been part of the Mumbai Indians squad in the Indian Premier League.
Napier would have landed £15,200 for charity based on this initiative last year and the big-hitting superstar reckons it“s not beyond the realms of possibility that his record could go this year.

‘It was a fantastic feeling playing that innings last year. By the end of it, I was seeing just how far I could hit the ball! I believe I am able of playing that type of innings again but there are plenty of good cricketers out there capable of bettering that score as well – good luck to them!” said Napier, who was speaking at the launch of the totesport Bounty Initiative at the County Cricket Ground, Chelmsford.

totesport make it an 8/1 shot that Graham Napier“s 152 not out is bettered this season in the Twenty20 Cup and it“s 25/1 that Napier himself breaks his own record.

‘Graham“s incredible knock last season has set the bar very high but we“ve seen several records broken since the Twenty20 Cup began and this bounty should tempt a few of the other players to have a crack at beating his score,“ said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.

If the record is not broken, totesport will give £5,000 to the player who gets the highest score in this year“s Twenty20 Cup. The money will be donated to the charity of player“s choice.

Lancashire are the current favourites after their flying start to the season and are clear at the head of the market at 9/2. Northamptonshire, Somerset and ourselves are all next in the market at 7/1, with Essex and Hampshire following on 8/1.

Twenty20 Cup – totesport bet: 9/2 Lancashire, 7 Kent, Northampton, Somerset, 8 Essex, Hampshire, 9 Yorkshire, 10 Sussex, 12 Worcestershire, 16 Warwickshire, 20 Durham, Leicestershire, 25 Surrey, 40 Derbyshire, 100 Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire, Glamorgan, 200 Middlesex.”

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