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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).

Earlier tournament specialist guest player left-hander Chris Lloyd- Smith (37 not out) with some trademark sixes and James Jenkins (16*) did well to guide the solicitors to a respectable 123/5 total in their 14 overs.

In last week's report, Birmingham solicitors Cobbetts in fact produced two contenders for the for the 2011 John Bright Trophy Course Cricket Award.

Richard Holmes' tactic of gaining byes by running down the wicket without playing a shot in an unsuccessful run chase against fellow solicitors Mills & Reeve was reported. But also worth recalling is the fact that in a warm-up before the game his teammate Adam Forster announced: "I can't remember whether I am left or right-handed."

LATEST RESULTS Week 11 Mon July 4 - Bigwood 198/5 in 16 overs (M Comley 35 rtd, I Reed 35 rtd, R Watts 20, T Price 2-10, D Hampton 1-10) GVA Grimley 167/7 in 16 overs (L McKenna 35 rtd, A Chapman 40, N Smith 3-21, M Hill 2-2) Bigwood won 31 runs Tues July 5 - Wragge & Co 123/5 in 14 overs (C Lloyd-Smith 37*, J Pons 21, J Jenkins 16*, D Mason 2-8, A Hafeez 2-9) No5 Chambers 124/2 in 13 overs (A Hafeez 37 rtd, A Wallace 34*, J Parks 14*, L Ashworth 1-10) No5 Chambers won by 8 wkts Thurs July 7 - KPMG forfeit win v Ernst &Young
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 14, 2011
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