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Devon Malcolm

Devon Malcolm will be promoting 'Chance to Shine, supported by Brit Insurance' and the Johnjac Cricket Supplies 'Concertina' cricket net system on May 19

One of England's fastest bowlers is promising to "bounce some bankers", "stump some lawyers" and subject journalists to "chin-music" in the Canary Wharf Cricket Challenge next month.

Devon Malcolm, who famously took nine wickets in a Test innings at the Oval after telling the South African opposition "you guys are history", will be bowling deliveries to those brave enough to test their skills in Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, between 12pm and 2pm on Thursday 19 May.

The event, held in the heart of London's famous business and shopping district, is raising awareness for the Johnjac Cricket Supplies 'Concertina' cricket net system and 'Chance to Shine, supported by Brit Insurance'. The Cricket Foundation's charitable campaign is the biggest single school sport development programme undertaken in Britain.

The 'Concertina' nets use minimum storage space and can easily be rolled out across a school playground. Hundreds of children across Tower Hamlets are now being given an unprecedented chance to practice cricket at school, thanks to 'Concertina' cricket nets and funding by Canary Wharf Group.

Malcolm - who took over 1,000 first-class wickets and still plays for the England Masters side with the likes of Graeme Hick, Mark Ramprakash and Darren Gough - said: "I hope to see a few Canary Wharf workers having a go with the bat and ball - if they're brave enough. It should be a lot of fun.

"Some politicians have been firing verbal bouncers at them in the past couple of years. I'll be bowling the cricketing kind of bouncer to see how they handle that.

"Playing in the middle of Canary Wharf proves that cricket can be played wherever there is open space. Canary Wharf obviously has plenty of windows but there is no need to worry because the nets are in place to stop the ball.

"The main aim is to give youngsters from urban areas like East London a better chance to have a go at the great game of cricket.”

The event is free to attend. Youth players from local clubs and children from East London schools will also take part on the day.