Thommo joins up with the All-Stars

Jeff Thomson, arguably the fastest bowler ever to play the game of cricket, will be joining the Lashings All-Stars for our match with the Leigh Academy Trust XI on July 3rd.

 

Thommo will be in England for the Ashes series and will be linking up with the Galacticos as they take on the Leigh Academy at Bexley Cricket Club's Old Manor Ground. Famed for his aggression, Thommo took 200 wickets during his test career and was one half of one of the most fearsome bowling duos of all time, operating in tandem with Dennis Lillee.

 

In other news Lashings helped organise a fundraising dinner for Kyle Hogg on Friday night and the evening was a tremendous success, with a significant sum being raised for the Lancashire bowler, who was forced to retire with a back injury at the end of last season.

 

If you'd like to use the Lashings fundraising division, call us on 01622 755030 or email info@lashings.co.uk

 

Kiwi Superstar joins Lashings

We are delighted to announce that current New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott has joined the Lashings All-Stars squad for the 2015 season.

 

Elliott has had a remarkable career to date, playing 71 games for his country across Tests and ODIs.

 

Elliott made headline news back in March when he was given Man of the Match in the ICC World Cup semi-final.

 

Elliott smashed 84 off 73 balls including a match winning six off Dale Steyn to get New Zealand a place in the World Cup Final.

Mind the windows! Tino's back

WE'RE delighted to be able to conform the return of Tino "Mind The Windows" Best for the 2015 season.

 

West Indies pace bowler Tino has previously enjoyed a colourful spell with the All-Stars and his combative approach should ensure there's no lack of a competitive edge to our fixtures!

 

Tino is set to make his second Lashings debut in the season opener with Teston in Kent, on June 5th.

 

Tickets for this match are on sale from Lashings HQ. Call 01622 755030 or email info@lashings.co.uk for more details.

Tino Best, left, coaching youngsters. The West Indies bowler is back with Lashings for the summer of 2015

The return of the king (and friends)

KERRY Dixon, the former Chelsea and England legend, was joined at Lashings by special guests, KCCC's Jimmy Adams and Matt Coles on Monday night, as part of the Sports Bar's new weekly pool night.

Forecast: Gayle force Lashings

THE Lashings All-Stars will be assisting South Africa's Andrew Hall at his benefit dinner at the County Ground, Northampton, on July 3rd.

 

The former Kent and Northants all-rounder will be hosting a pre-Ashes black tie event in the Arena at the Northamptonshire ground.

 

In other news, Kerry Dixon was the star of his very own Pool Night at Lashings on Monday. The Chelsea and England legend took on all-comers at the Sports Bar's newly-installed pool table and mingled with fans until the small hours.

 

Kerry won more than he lost and entertained a huge number of fans with some of his many war stories from his days as a professional footballer - sadly none of which can be repeated here!

 

For details of forthcoming events keep visiting the Lashings Sports Bar website.

Dixon crowned pool king of Lashings!

Smith back at the Oval for All-Stars

David Smith  is new Lashings Manager

FORMER England batsman David Smith will be the new manager of the Lashings All-Stars cricket team for the 2015 season.

"I'm excited and really looking forward to it," Smith said. "When David Folb rang me it came as something out of the blue but I'm looking forward to working with everyone."

Smith is the latest former international to take on the role, succeeding Alvin Kallicharan and JK Lever, who stepped down after guiding the All-Stars to an unbeaten season in 2014.

"We're under massive pressure after JK won every game last season," Smith admitted. "Winning is really important to us but we'll go about it in a professional way. The hard part is going to be leaving people out, but we'll be adult about it."

Smith had a reputation for being, shall we say,combative in his playing days, but he has mellowed since retiring.

"Probably people will find me more gentle than they might think," he said. "I'm competitive but business orientated now and very customer focused."

His first class career saw him spend 11 years with Surrey before he joined Worcestershire in 1984.

Perhaps inevitably nicknamed "Smudger", he made two appearances for England during the 1985-86 tour of the Caribbean and was the top scorer in both innings of the second test in Port of Spain, making 47 and 32 against an attack that included Joel Garner and Michael Holding.

His Lashings team mates John Emburey and Gordon Greenidge both played in the match.

Injuries curtailed both his test and ODI careers after that, but he returned to the limelight with a superb 124 against Warwickshire in the 1993 Nat West final, only to end up on the losing side in one of the greatest ever domestic finals.

His post-cricket career has been varied to say the least. He's been involved in business, teaching,  property development and car-racing "to quite a high-standard", sometimes with Lashings' striker Luther Blissett.

Smith has also represented Lashings at both cricket and football and played in goal for the All-Stars soccer side in their last match, a 6-3 win over South Reading in September.

"The football has been great fun," he said. "I've played cricket with Bunbury's but that's really been my only link to the game so it's going to be great to work with people like Daffy and Martin Bicknell, friends of mine."

We're delighted to have David on board and look forward to working with him in 2015.

In other news we'd like to congratulate Lashings' batsman Marvan Atapattu on being awarded life membership of the MCC, a richly deserved honour for the Sri Lankan great.

 

#Kit4Kids campaign makes great start

A glamorous fixture in the North East of England awaits the Lashings All-Stars this summer, as we take on a Durham Select XI at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on Sunday August 16.

 

It promises to be one of the most closely-contested games of the year as the All-Stars are pitted against a strong side at the test venue and it's also rumoured that Durham's Graham Onions will be making an appearance or two for Lashings this year.

 

The All-Stars Football team have also announced their first fixtures for 2015.

 

The team, managed by Tony Cottee and skippered by Arsenal cult hero Perry Groves will play a Tesco Community XI at Maidstone United on July 5 and on the 11th of September we'll be travelling to Lincolnshire to take on Cleethorpes Town FC.

 

The All-Stars' last game was back in the autumn when they won 6-3 at South Reading.

 

The team are looking for more fixtures in the spring and summer. If your club, school or corporate team wuld like to take on a team of ex-top flight players, call James Honey-Green on 07535 402157 or email james@lashings.co.uk

Mind the windows, new signing iminent ...

Yasir triumphs in stunning Big Bash finale

South African duo link up with Lashings

THE latest names to join the All-Stars for the 2015 season are South Africans Andrew Hall and Charl Willoughby.

 

Hall made over 100 international appearances for the Proteas as a quick bowler who was also a very useful lower order batsman.

 

Willoughby, a left-arm fast-medium bowler, played five times for South Africa and has had spells with Essex, Leicestershire and Somerset.

 

Lashings players are still in action around the world, with Darren Sammy preparing to lead West Indies at the World Cup after a mixed tour of South Africa, which saw his side win the T20 series 2-1 before coming unstuck in the ensuing ODI series, where they ran into an unstoppable AB De Villiers, who inspired the home side to  2-0 success, particularly in game two when he scored 149 from 59 balls.

 

In the Big Bash both Michael Carberry and Yasir Arafat have been in action for the Perth Scorchers.

 

Yasir was one of the star performers as the Scorchers, ahem, "scorched" past the Melbourne Stars by 3 wickets.

Carberry, whose highest score in the tournament so far was 77 not out against the Brisbane Heat, didn't even need to bat as Perth made 179-2, but Yasir removed Luke Wright early on, bowled Kevin Pietersen first ball and returned to dismiss Tom Triffit and Clint McKay.

 

The Scorchers will now host the Sydney Sixers in the first semi-final on Sunday.a

The Sixers qualified after winning their derby with the Sydney Thunder. Lashings' Aiden Blizzard made 51 not out for the Thunder but the Sixers won by four wickets with a four by Steve O'Keefe from the very last ball.

 

YASIR Arafat clinched victory for the Perth Scorchers at the Big Bash on Wednesday night in one of the all-time classic T20 finals.

 

The Pakistan all-rounder survived a hat-trick ball from the Sydney Sixers'  Brett Lee, the Aussie great's last ever first class delivery, and scrambled a single to see Perth home in an astonishing finale in Canberra.

 

Batting with his fellow Lashings All-Star Michael Carberry at the other end, Yasir rescued Perth after they were on the brink of collapse.

 

Yasir helped limit the Sixers to 147-5, taking 1-37 in his four overs and Perth seemed to be coasting home, with just eight needed from Lee's last over.

 

Carberry may well have assumed the job was done after hitting seven from the first three balls, but Lee then bowled Nathan Coulter-Nile befor castling Whiteman with his very next delivery, leaving Yasir to face the final ball with a single still needed.

 

"The Iceman" managed to steer the ball to mid-wicket but looked certain to be run out, only for Henriques to fumble the throw.

 

On behalf of everyone associated with Lashings we'd like to congratulate Yasir and Michael on winning a wonderful final.

 

Hunting for Treasure in Jamaica

THE Lashings backroom team are currently in Jamaica, inspecting the facilities at Treasure Beach ahead of a planned tour.

 

Based at Jakes Hotel, the crew are on a fact-finding mission and will be catching up with Jakes owner Jason Henzell, one of Lashings' global partners for the 2015 season.

 

Under the deal Jakes will become Lashings main shirt sponsors and the team will tour Treasure Beach in September/October 2015.

 

Lashings will be supporting the BREDS Foundation charity throughout the season to come and we'll be encouraging cricket teams to tour this fabulous venue.

 

More to follow ...

Sammy thwarted in final Windies game

 

Kyle Hogg's benefit dinner at Emirates Old Trafford - pictures by Diogo Grillo