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Lashings World XI under new management

David Folb (pictured right with Richie Richardson) is no longer Chairman of Lashings World XI Ltd and will be devoting his attention to running Lashings Villas and Resort in Jamaica. The new men in charge of cricket operations will be familiar to anyone who's been to our matches in the last few years. Peter Lampkin, Scott Charlton and David Fitzgerald are now in sole charge of cricket operations. The Lashings World XI Ltd has been set up to continue the excellent work achieved since Lashings formed in 1984.

New ambassadors unveiled

Lashings are delighted to announce three new ambassadors for 2018. Representing Central London will be Manoj Oswal. Manoj is incredibly passionate about cricket and has played in teams competing in corporate tournaments both in England and India. He has played in successful sides playing in 6 different countries. Manoj has participated in the Middlesex and Surrey cricket leagues and now mainly participates in a global Amateur t20 league (LMS) with over 80000 players worldwide and over 10000 in UK. He has achieved some great accolades as a bowler in the global tournament, previously ranked 6th best bowler in the UK and in the top 50 globally! Manoj's two favourite personal cricket memories are batting with Herschelle Gibbs and getting a wicket with his third ball while bowling for Lashings. Tim Dunn also joins the team as our ambassador for Sussex and the Surrey borders.
Manoj Oswal (left) joins us as our ambassador for Central London. Tim Dunn, pictured with Tino Best, is our man in Sussex and Surrey. Robin O'Grady, right, represents Hampshire and Dorset

Former Lashings president dies

Tim has been Chairman of Worthing CC for over 10 years and captained the club 1st XI in the Sussex Premier League and represented Sussex CCC at junior & intermediate levels. A qualified ECB Level 2 coach, Tim has worked at both club and county levels playing a pivotal role in the playing success of both junior and senior teams. In an administration capacity, Tim has worked to increase Worthing CC’s status within Sussex and has raised thousands of pounds in grants and sponsorship to develop facilities and improve participation in his club. He was the main driver behind a hugely successful Lashings event in 2016, which helped showcase Worthing CC to the local community and raise valuable funds. Tim also has 30 years of sales & marketing experience working for major corporates in the Insurance industry. Robin O'Grady becomes our man in Hampshire and Dorset. Robin, currently Vice-Chairman of Burridge CC, enjoyed many years as a player in local Hampshire cricket. He was 1st XI captain of Gosport Grammar School and captained the Hampshire Grammar Schools representative side in the late 60’s. He joined Alverstoke CC as an opening bowler but matured into a fine all rounder in the years that followed. Robin joined Burridge CC and went on to captain their 1st XI to promotion to County Division 1 of the Hampshire Cricket League. Burridge CC now play in the Southern Premier Cricket League. Robin finished his playing days with Flamingo CC and on his retirement became their Chairman for several years. He was the driving force behind Flamingo CC hosting the Lashings World XI during the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons and more recently Burridge CC in 2016. Robin also has 38 years of sales & marketing experience in financial services and investment management. As Head of Sales & Marketing at Williams de Broe, he agreed shirt sponsorship with the Lashings World XI and attended their first tour of Abu Dhabi in 2008. We are delighted to welcome Manoj, Robin and Tim into the Lashings events team for 2018!
The Lashings World XI were deeply saddened to learn of the death, on Friday, of our former president, Trevor Notton. Trevor, 72, had fought a long battle with cancer. Lashings chairman, David Folb, said: "he was an absolute gentleman." The thoughts of everyone at Lashings are with Trevor's friends and family.
Frank Bruno is star turn at Lashings
Frank Bruno was the star guest at the Lashings Sports Bar in Maidstone last night, entertaining a sell out crowd with stories from his career and anecdotes from his new book, "Let Me Be Frank." The legendary British boxer was just the latest in a host of stellar names to visit Lashings HQ and more are on the way.

First 2018 dates revealed

THE first batch of fixtures for the 2018 season has been revealed, with the World XI confirmed for dates in Somerset, Hampshire, Herts, Essex and Dorset. The season is set to start at Weston-super-Mare on May 27th and we'll also be taking on Odiham & Greywell, Broxbourne, Hadleigh & Thundersleigh and a Macmillan Invitational XI at Christchurch. For full details see our fixtures page. More dates are being added all the time so keep visiting www.lashings.co.uk for the latest details and click here to find out how your club, school, charity of works team could host the World XI.

O'Brien anchors final day win for Lashings

Lashings concluded another hugely successful season on Friday with a 44-run victory over Bamford Fieldhouse. It wasn't entirely straightforward for Lashings and their innings got off to the wort possible start when skipper Chris Schofield (right) was caught behind for a duck. Wickets continued to fall but Niall O'Brien anchored the innings with a knock of 71 as Lashings went on to post 145-9. If that looked like a relatively low score, compared to some of the totals rattled up this year, it was too much for the hosts, who batted out their 20 overs but struggled to 36-3 at the halfway stage and eventually finished on 101-6. On behalf of everyone involved with Lashings we'd like to say a huge thank to everyone who's played us this season and to everyone who's come along to watch. We hope to see you all again next summer! Click here to find out how YOUR club could host us in 2018.
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Aussie House of Paine

The Lashings World XI would like to congratulate Tim Paine on becoming captain of Australia. Tim enjoyed a spell with us during the 2016 season and we're delighted he's been promoted. Lashings Events Director, Dave Fitzgerald, said : "We are very pleased for Tim being awarded the captaincy, albeit in difficult circumstances. He was a great addition to the Lashings squad a couple of years ago and we look forward to welcoming him back sometime soon".
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