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John Steer's funeral arrangements

Geraint tops Hadleigh bill

Get well soon Michael

We were shocked to learn yesterday (Thursday) that the England and Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry is suffering from a cancerous tumour. Michael played for Lashings last season and is well-known to most of our players. On behalf of everyone at the All-Stars we wish him the fullest and quickest possible recovery.
ENGLAND'S 2005 Ashes hero Geraint Jones is one of the star names in the Lashings line-up for tomorrow's (Tuesday's) match with Hadleigh & Thundersley in Essex. The full line-up is as follows: Lashings: Chris Schofield, Kirk Edwards, Wasim Jaffer, Owais Shah, Sherwin Campbell, Geraint Jones, Chris Lewis, Yasir Arafat, Martin Bicknell, John Emburey, Monty Panesar Manager: David Smith Coach: Gordon Greenidge The All-Stars remain undefeated this season, but they were pushed all the way by Croston on Friday. Having made 208-5, Lashings won by a relatively modest 12 runs, limiting their hosts to 196-7.

Monty skittles Eastbourne

MONTY Panesar took 3-15 and Wasim Jaffer smashed a quickfire 60 as the Lashings All-Stars beat Eastbourne by 68 runs on Friday. The All-Stars made it five wins out of five for the season after racking up a competitive 170-7 from 20 overs. Jaffer was the top scorer, aided by fellow opener Kirk Edwards (49) and Owais Shah (32). Rawlins took 3-19 for the hosts. Eastbourne's reply got off to the worst possible star when Panesar (pictured left during our recent game with Downend) took two wickets in the first over, reducing them to 0-2. Borsoi and Smith added some respectability to the chase with 21 and 18, but the Sussex side never looked like repeating last year's shock win over Lashings at this venue and eventually subsided to 102 all out.

In-form Kirk boldly goes where no opener has gone before

Kirk Edwards, perhaps asking manager David Smith for a pay rise after scoring 299 runs in three matches.
ONE of the most devastating opening partnerships in the history of the Lashings All-Stars saw Downend defeated by 54 runs on Friday. In a free-scoring game at the WG Grace Memorial Ground, Kirk Edwards and Wasim Jaffer both hit quickfire centuries in a stand of 274 for the first wicket. Edwards made 141 from just 70 balls, a knock that included 12 sixes and 13 fours. Jaffer was nearly as aggressive, making 130 from 77 balls, with five sixes and 21 fours. The partnership only ended when Edwards was caught by Loud off McEwan and by then Lashings were well on their way to 334-6, a total that would have been even higher but for 3-17 from Waghlea late in the innings. Downend made a respectable run chase, with Loud making 51 and Pierre finishing unbeaten on 70 as they closed on 280-7. In the previous week's matches Lashings beat Staplegrove by 92 runs, with Edwards making 58 and Darren Maddy 52 as the All-Stars made 215-6. Usman Afzaal took 3-18 and a run out as Staplegrove were skittled for 123 in reply. That followed another century performance from Edwards at Bingham, where Lashings won by 127 runs. Edwards made exactly 100 from 49 balls out of a total of 221-3, before the All-Stars restricted Bingham to just 94 in reply.

Panesar to make debut at Bingham

MONTY Panesar tops the bill for the Lashings All-Stars when they take on Bingham Cricket Club in Nottinghamshire this Friday.

 

The England cult hero, a veteran of 50 test matches during which he took 167 wickets, joins bowling legends Devon Malcolm and John Emburey in a line-up of cricketing stars from all over the world.

 

The All-Stars batting order is headed by England one-day specialist Owais Shah and India's Wasim Jaffer, while for Nottinghamshire fans Usman Afzaal will be the local hero.

 

The full line-up is: Owais Shah (England), Usman Afzaal (England), Wasim Jaffer (India), Kirk Edwards (West Indies), Chris Schofield (England), Devon Malcolm (England), Alfonso Thomas (South Africa), Charl Willoughby (South Africa), John Emburey (England), Monty Panesar (England), Paul Horton (England).

Manager David Smith (England), Coach Gordon Greenidge (West Indies).

 

On Sunday the All-Stars move on to Staplegrove, with Herschelle Gibbs making his long-awaited return. Pakistan all-rounder and T20 specialist Yasir Arafat joins the squad, as does England's Darren Maddy, while Martin Bicknell stands in as skipper.

 

The full line up is as follows: Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa), Owais Shah (England), Usman Afzaal (England), Kirk Edwards (West Indies), Wasim Jaffer (India), Darren Maddy (England), Yasir Arafat (Pakistan), Martin Bicknell (England), Alfonso Thomas (South Africa), Charl Willoughby (South Africa), John Emburey (England).

Manager David Smith (England), Coach Gordon Greenidge (West Indies).

 

The line-up for the Downend fixture on Friday June 3rd will be announced first on social media. You can follow all the action, as it happens, via CricHQ.

 

 

All-Stars unveil new captaincy duo

THE former England and Lancashire spinner Chris Schofield will be the captain of the Lashings All-Stars for the 2016 season, with Surrey legend Martin Bicknell his vice-captain. The 37-year-old from Rochdale has been a key member of the Lashings team for a number of years and succeeds Phil DeFreitas, who remains a valued part of the squad. Team manager David Smith said: "We are delighted to confirm that we have appointed Chris and Martin. It goes without saying that we wish to thank Daffy for his loyal service over the years and look forward to still having him around in a playing capacity." Schofield, a rare English leg spinner, played two test matches and four T20 internationals. He claimed 237 first-class wickets in a career that also saw him play for Surrey. For Lashings he has occasionally opened the batting and his lower order blitzes have regularly bailed the top order out of trouble. Bicknell, 47, also has several years of experience with Lashings under his belt and he moves into the new role of vice-captain. Bicknell took 429 career wickets and played four tests for England. Both men are brand ambassadors for Lashings.
Schoey, pictured with the BREDS Cup last year. As stand-in skipper he captained Lashings to victory in the Treasure Beach tournament and he now takes the job on a permanent basis.

Welcome to virtual reality cricket

Fitz joins the crew

THE Lashings All-Stars will be working with the pioneering cricket company Batfast throughout the 2016 season. We'll be showcasing their state-of-the-art cricket simulators at our events and giving fans the chance to experience exactly what their heroes experience when they're out in the middle.

 

Unlike a bowling machine, BATFAST cricket simulators allow you to experience the real experience of being an International Batsman!

 

Their precise technology times the ball release exactly in-sync with the bowling actions of the cricketers you are facing on the screen.  Cameras flashing, crowds cheering and opposition sledging, they provide the complete package.  The key features of their simulators include:

 

- Delivery speeds of up to 70 mph

- Fully automated, touch screen controlled simulator

- Used with soft balls

- Unique challenges similar to match situations

- Stadium sounds, instant replays and commentary

Lashings MD James Honey-Green said: "We're delighted to have teamed up with Batfast. Their machines are absolutely brilliant. For the first time this summer fans attending Lashings matches will not only get the chance to meet their heroes, they will be able to get a first hand knowledge of what it feels like to be an international cricketer."

 

Runish Gudhka, Head of Business Development at Batfast, said, "We are extremely excited to work with an established and well reputed brand like the Lashings All Stars that have to delivered highest quality of entertainment to cricket fans. Values very similar to ours. We hope we can make Lashings events even bigger and more memorable this year."

 

For more information on Bafast, visit their website www.batfast.com or their gallery on www.batfast.com/gallery

THE Lashings matchday crew will be bolstered by comedian Dave "Fitz" Fiztgerald this year.

 

In an entertainment career spanning over 20 years, Fitz has both performed in and produced hundreds of events across the UK.

 

After initially making his name on the cabaret scene, Fitz has developed a reputation as an excellent MC on the sporting speaker circuit. having worked alongside the likes of Paul Merson, Graeme Souness, Lee Sharpe, Ray Parlour and Harry Redknapp. In addition, Fitz was, for 7 years, the match Hospitality Host at AFC Bournemouth.

 

Outside of his MC commitments, Fitz is busy in his role as Tour Director of “The Gag Show” touring comedy club – producing comedy nights across the country.

 

The funeral of John Steer will take place at Vinters Park crematorium, on Tuesday 9th August at 9am. Morning coffee will be served after the service at the Lashings Sports Bar. John, who passed away earlier this summer at the age of 80, was an active sportsman in his youth, excelling at football and cricket, as well as being an enthusiastic cyclist who competed in 25 and 50-mile time trials. He was the first ever secretary for the Lashings Cricket Club and there at the very first match back in 1984 when the team was famously bowled out for 29, having only agreed to play the night before. John watched as Lashings grew from being a hapless pub team into a World XI and among his many claims to fame is that he taught chairman David Folb how to bat in the nets at Vinters Park, drumming it into him that "you must keep a straight bat."