Cricket Pro-Am Tournament on the Isle of Man
KPMG LLC held their inaugural Cricket Pro-Am tournament at Cronkbourne Cricket Club on Thursday 5 August, to mark the occasion of the Isle of Man achieving affiliate membership of the ICC. Six corporate teams competed, each providing 5 players to play with one visiting professional cricketer in staggered innings of 5 overs. The 5 pros were Paul Strang (Zimbabwe), JP Yadav (India), Rennier Munnick (Western Province – South Africa), Quinton Friend (Western Province – South Africa), and Wasim Jaffer (India).
The tournament was styled upon the 20-20 format, with music to accompany the proceeds, so that each team has its own theme song, as does each individual player – which made for a very lively, if occasionally chaotic, atmosphere.
The keenly contested knockout round saw two teams go, followed by the semi finals, very hard-fought, and remarkably consistent in terms of runs scored, with a number of notable performances.
The scene was set for a very exciting final of Manx Telecom v KPMG, with Manx Telecom looking like the hot favourites, having already beaten KPMG in the knockout rounds. But they hadn’t reckoned on the “Tomlinson Factor”….. KPMG won the toss and batted first, with Jamie Tomlinson and Chris Stockdale opening. Jamie proceeded to thrash the bowling to all parts of the ground, and he was assisted by Leigh Kennaugh also thumping a number of boundaries. KPMG eventually reached 81; a score which always seemed out of Manx Telecom’s reach once openers Quinton Friend and Mark Williams were dismissed, and MT finished on a score of 65.
The Hilton was the venue for the Dinner that evening with Dermot Reeve as speaker. Jamie Tomlinson was presented with a well-deserved bottle of champagne as “Man of the Tournment”, and the winning tea with a KPMG cricket bat signed by Dermot and the visiting pros.
KPMG would like to extend their thanks to the umpires, Ian Tomlinson and Richard Quine, for a very long day’s work; to Cronkbourne Cricket Club for the use of their clubhouse and grounds; to Chris Stockdale for sourcing the visiting professional cricketers; to Dougie Hind of the IoMCA for his help in publicising and promoting the event; and finally to all the companies who entered teams and attended the Dinner.