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Companies step up to the wicket

Business rivals swapped suits for cricket whites at the weekend in a bid to raise cash for charity.

Two teams — one of brokers and one of underwriters — clashed on the cricket field at the National Stadium.

One of the organisers, Claire Salmon, a broker at Aon, said the match aimed to raise a “significant” sum for two charities, the Coalition for the Protection of Children and Big Brothers and Sisters.

Aon broker David Norman, a wicketkeeper, who also helped organise the match, added: “As far as we're concerned, it's all about fun and raising money for good causes.

“Cricket is a major sport in Bermuda and it's something anyone of any athletic ability can enjoy.”

Mr Norman said the game offered an opportunity for underwriters and brokers — who work in different areas — to meet in a sporting environment.

He added it also allowed firms that normally competed with each other in the market to join forces on the cricket pitch.

He said: “There is no other event like it on the Island.”

Ms Salmon added: “This is the second time we've done this and we hope to grow it into a major event in further years and raise even more for good causes.”

The underwriters scored 167 for nine to beat the brokers who were all out for 166. Mr Norman said: “It was close — but all in good fun and raised money for good causes.”

Top Bermuda firms Ace, JLT and Axis made corporate contributions to the event.

Staff from Aon, Marsh, Willis, XL Catlin, PartnerRe, AIG, Amlin, the FM Group, Allied World and Chubb all pitched in to help and to provide players for the two teams, who met at the National Stadium on Friday.

Pitching in: Aon Bermuda celebrated their second annual charity cricket match at the National Sports Centre. Pictured, from left, are Baron Barton, Zalikah Ratteray, David Norman, Claire Salmon and Justin Robinson

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Published August 17, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated August 16, 2015 at 8:52 pm)

Companies step up to the wicket

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