Put out your bats for Phillip Hughes

The Lashings All-Stars joined the rest of the cricketing world in paying tribute to the Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who died tragically on November 27. A global social media campaign #putoutyourbats honoured Phil by displaying cricket bats either in windows or by putting them outside their front doors. A number of Lashings players past and present played with and against Phil and he was a hugely popular and talented young man, whose passing leaves us feeling empty and bereft. On behalf of everyone involved with the Lashings All-Stars we would like to send our condolences to his friends, family and colleagues. RIP Phil.

Lashings  hunt for new manager after JK steps down following 'Invincible' year

BOWING out at the top, JK Lever has decided to step down as the All-Stars manager after steering Lashings to an unbeaten season in 2014. The former Essex and England bowler oversaw a perfect campaign of 31 games and 31 wins and feels he's leaving the club in a very healthy position. "Lashings just seems to be going from strength to strength," he said. "Obviously we're helping cricketers out and a few of the charities as well, but we're taking cricket back to cricket clubs. When I was a county player this was something that happened quite a lot but I'm not so sure today's England player goes anywhere near a cricket club and it's nice for loyal supporters to see a few players in the flesh and ask them what Kevin Pietersen's up to!" Lever felt the mood in the camp contributed to the unbeaten campaign.
"It's been a very happy season," he said. The changing room was getting it right. We weren't one hundred percent there but we we having a bit more fun."

Although Lashings were pushed extremely close in a number of fixtures, the departing manager said the players relished being in a contest. "There's been a few (close games) and that's the best thing about it. We wouldn't want to turn up knowing it's going to be a walkover, it's nice to turn up when there's a bit of an edge. "You try to pick a balanced side and if the top four don't score any runs you are looking around and looking for your bowlers to perform. That's always a big ask because of the age problems. The likes of Devon Malcolm aren't getting any younger and you can't always ask them to run in and owl quick but thankfully our spinners always performed like Saqlain and Embers, plus Chris Shofield. Our younger players like Schoey dug us out of the mire." Lashings chairman David Folb paid tribute to Lever, saying: "John has been an oustanding manager and leader for Lashings over the past few seasons and he will be a very tough act to follow. We're still hoping to see him at the odd game next season and he's welcome back any time."
A successor will be appointed in due course.

Lashings  set for Spring tour to the Gulf

Lashings are also set tour Tour the Gulf again in the Spring with matches in Dubai and Jeddah expected to be confirmed shortly. The Tour follows on from the success of October's thriller between the Brian Lara XI and the Sanath Jayasuriya XI at the West End Stadium in Doha. Lara's XI won the first match by just five-runs after a nerve-shredding finale and the two teams have confirmed they will be squaring off again at the West End Stadium next month in a match promoted by Lashings and Insignia. The teams are expected to be the same although details of any additions to the squad will be announced here as soon as we have them.

Thousands flock to see Lashings All-Star showdown in Doha as Lara's XI triumphs

OVER 10,000 fans flocked to the West End Stadium in Doha on Monday, to watch a Lashings derby between a World XI captained by Brian Lara and Sanath Jayasuriya's Asia XI. The Eid Cricket Festival was a triumph for the organisers and the game didn't disappoint the organisers, with the Asia XI falling five runs short after a thrilling run chase. Lara, who first played for Lashings back in 2001, hadn't played an international match in seven years but he looked as if he'd never been away. After winning the toss and choosing to bat the West Indies legend got off the mark with a four and swatted two sixes before he departed for 47 to Aakash Chopra, caught by Rashid Latif. Owais Shah then stepped in with 43 from just 22 balls as the World XI closed on 161-6 from their 20 overs.
Asia's run chase started well with Tamim Iqbal and Jayasuriya putting on 50 for the first wicket. When the the openers departed however, Asia struggled and it was left to Angelo Pererra to wage resistance with 31 from 24 balls. Pererra's defiance kept Asia in the game but he needed to hit a six from the final delivery to take the game into a Super Over and could only manage a single. Scores: Lashings World XI 161-6 (Lara 47, Shah 43) beat Lashings Asia XI 156-8 (Tamim 42, Pererra 31) by five runs.

Sports Minister tops bill at Lashings gala

The UK Minister for Sport, Tourism & Equalities, Helen Grant MP was the guest of honour at the Lashings gala dinner on Friday night. The Right Hon Mrs Grant, whose constituency includes Lashings HQ in Maidstone, was one of several hundred guests to attend the end of season showpiece. After a season of almost unprecedented success on the field which saw Lashings win all 32 of the games they played, Herschelle Gibbs was named the All-Stars Player-Of-The-Year. The event was co-hosted by Matt Floyd of Sky Sports and Scott "The Voice of Lashings" Charlton.

Invincible! Why not take us on in 2015?

THE Lashings All-Stars completed a perfect season by by beating Taunton on Sunday.

 

The convincing 119-run win was the 34th win out of 34 games for the All-Stars and marked the ideal conclusion to a triumphant 2014 season.

 

Local legend Ian Blackwell was the star attraction at Taunton, hitting 95 in a total of 276-5, with Murray Goodwin the next highest scorer on 86.

 

It was a total Taunton never really looked like getting anywhere near although they did manage to bat out their overs to finish on 157-8.

 

On a sad note the game was marred by a serious injury to Taunton's George Webber. It goes without saying that we all wish him a speedy recovery.

 

If your club would like to attempt to topple our Invincibles in 2015 call James Honey-Green on 07535 402157 or email james@lashings.co.uk

 

Jaffer proves unplayable as Lashings close in on perfect season

LASHINGS closed in on a perfect season with a 92-run win over Shaw Cricket Club in Oldham on Friday.

 

Wasim Jaffer hit a brilliant 115 from 65 balls to score the bulk of the All-Stars runs.

 

He dominated an opening stand of 154 with Chris Schofield, who made the next highest score of 44, as Lashings posted 191-2 from 20 overs.

 

Martin Bicknell removed Shaw's openers cheaply and although Davies made a game 26 from 13 balls before he was bowled by Saqlain, Shaw were always behind the run rate and eventually subsided for 109 in 18 overs.

 

The last remainig team with a chance of beating the All-Stars this season is Taunton. Play starts at 2.30pm Sunday September 7th at the Taunton Vale Sports Club.

 

Lashings: (from) DeFreitas, Jaffer  Malcolm, Goodwin, Emburey, Harvey, Blackwell, Arafat, Saqlain, Mahmood, Collymore, Greenidge

Grant calls for Kent to return to Mote after triumphant Lashings festival

A triumphant T20 festival at Maidstone's Mote ground on Sunday saw Lashings emerge with their unbeaten run intact, after a comprehensive win over the hosts in the final. Sport & Tourism Minister Helen Grant used the occasion to call for Kent to return to the county town after a nine-year exile, saying: "Seeing the turnout today and the tremendous interest from the local population, perhaps it's time that County Cricket returned to Maidstone & the Mote." Mrs Grant's call was echoed by former Lashings president Trevor Notton who called it a "tremendous occasion" and said: "There was never a dull moment. It was pleasurable and positive.
The enthusiasm for 'good cricket' was noticeable and captivating. Wouldn't it be wonderful to emulate the 'old days' when the proud Mote at
Maidstone, our County Town, hosted First Class and major County Cricket. The All-Stars convincingly beat the House of Commons Select XI in the first game of the day and The Mote saw off the RAC, in game two before over 700 guests attended a corporate lunch, raising money for Homes 4 Heroes and the Peggy Wood Foundation. They were then treated to a dazzling display of batting by Mohammad Yousaf stole the show in the final, including an over in which the Pakistan legend hit 24 as Lashings posted 205-3 from their twenty overs. The Mote made 141-6 meaning Lashings won by 64 runs. The All-Stars next match is this Friday, against Shaw Cricket Club in Oldham.