KPMG Walkover as Ernst & Young Are Forced to Pull Plug
Holders KPMG remain the only side in the Lord's Taverners John Bright Trophy with a 100per cent success record this summer in their campaign to become the first side to win the corporate cricket tournament in successive seasons.
The accountants, captained by Simon Griffiths, had reached the semi-finals with successive wins against Shakespeare Putsman, Challinors and last year's losing finalists Phoenix Group.
And they completed their 100per cent record to head the competition's main group with a forfeit victory against Ernst & Young when their opponents were unable tor raise a side due to work calls.
In the social group last Monday, GVA Grimley lost their 100per cent record to Bigwood, who scored a formidable 198/5 in 16 overs. Mike Comley (35 rtd) was again in hard-hitting form well supported by Ian Reed (also 35 rtd).
In reply, Grimleys finished well short of victory on 167/7 with spinner Nigel Smith (4-21) and Matt Hill (2-4) the bowlers doing the damage.
Opener Liam McKenna again batted well scoring 35 retired. But the surprise knock came from Adam Chapman, who announced he didn't expect to stay long at the crease but then hammered 40.
His village-blacksmith style strokeplay included a massive legside six that landed in Moor Green Lane and bounced into the grounds of the former Ideal Insurance Group offices. On Wednesday, No5 Chambers won an entertaining game with Wragge & Co at Britannic Park, Moseley, by eight wickets with an over to spare thanks to unbeaten innings by Moseley CC captain Abdul Hafeez (37rtd) and fellow opener Andrew Wallace (34 not out). …