Runny Brummies

St Philips Chambers is going international. But its great Birmingham rival down at 5 Fountain Court need not fear the globalisation of the St Philips brand just yet. In an Ashes season, this venture is all about cricket.

Junior tenant Ed Williams (pictured) is teaming up with Allen & Overy associates Chris Kangis and Andy Hobbs, the cricket development officer for Berkshire, to travel from Cairo to Cape Town, coaching cricket and raising HIV and AIDs awareness for Cricket without Boundaries (www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com).

The programme will consist of cricket coaching and HIV and AIDS awareness teaching across nine countries. The project has already garnered support from the Secretary of State for International Development Hilary Benn, Michael Palin, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, the International Cricket Council and pop band Keane.

The trio is seeking to raise funds for its endeavour, which it hopes will bring more than 1,000 kids to the sport by March 2006, from Khartoum to Lake Victoria. And by 2015 it wants to create a viable squad, capable of taking on the mighty English cricket team, which Tulkinghorn confidently predicts will still be in possession of the Ashes after snatching them from the Aussies’ grasp this summer. Or is that tempting providence?