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 the All-Stars 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 the All-Stars in 2018.

Lashings Villas open for Irma Evacuees

The Lashings Villas Resort in Jamaica is offering its vacant rooms to UK nationals evacuated to Jamaica to escape Hurricane Irma. The Caribbean has been battered by Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded, with a number of neighbouring islands evacuated, but conditions in Jamaica are relatively benign and the island is a safe haven for those trapped in the region. “We contacted the High Commission in Kingston to let them know we would be happy to help” said Lisa Dunn, manager of the Lashings Villas in Treasure Beach. “Although we are a Jamaican-based company our affiliation with the UK is strong and all of our guests come from UK so we are happy to help with any spare rooms that are not already booked.” One UK national has already taken up the offer and she was able to get on a plane the next day back to UK. Anyone who needs emergency accommodation in Jamaica should email villas@lashings.co.uk. You can also contact us via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The view from Lashings Villas, Treasure Beach, Jamaica. Click here for more details on Lashings Villas.

Atiq goes on the attack

A high-scoring game at Addingham on Friday saw Lashings beat their hosts by 68 runs. The All-Stars amassed a huge score from their 20 overs, posting 271-4 which included an unbeaten 131 for our Pakistan international debutant Atiq-uz-Zaman and 71 from Irish legend Niall O'Brien. In reply Addingham made an impressive 158 from 13 overs but by that stage they'd already lost eight wickets and they closed on 203 after some spirited lower order batting. There's just one final chance to catch the All-Stars in action again this season, so why not join us next Friday at Bamfield Fieldhouse in Lancashire? The T20 action begins at 3.30pm.
The stunning scenery at Addingham Cricket Club, picture by LiveSportsFM

Niall nails the parliamentarians

THE hugely successful Broxbourne Festival concluded on Sunday with an emphatic win for the All-Stars over the House of Commons and Lords XI. Niall O'Brien hit 75 and skipper Chris Schofield made an unbeaten 51 as Lashings posted 235-4 from their 20 overs, a task that was well beyond the visiting parliamentarians, who were limited to just 88-7 in reply. Lashings had beaten hosts Broxbourne by 44 runs on Friday. The All-Stars are now entering the final month of the season, with their next fixture at Oswestry this Thursday (August 31st).
Henry Blofeld entertains guests at the Broxbourne Festival on Sunday.

All-Stars defy the rain to raise money for Grenfell

Pictures of the Lashings v Lords & Commons match , courtesy of Mike Savage, Kiran Rai and the Lashings All-Stars

THE Lashings All-Stars and the Lords & Commons Cricket Club defied the elements on Tuesday to raise over £5,000 for the victims of the Grenfell Tower Fire. Despite torrential rain at the Upper Latymer Sports Ground in Wood Lane, London, both sides agreed they would play regardless of the conditions. A host of old faces, including Saqlain Mushtaq and Courtney Walsh, joined up with this season's All-Star squad, while the legendary Henry Blofeld provided commentary, alongside Sky Sports' Max Rushden. The result was, as expected, a convincing win for Lashings, although the real triumph was in getting the game on at all. All the money raised from the event will go to the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund. If you missed the match but wish to donate to the fund, click here. The MPs will get a chance to take revenge when the rematch takes place at Broxbourne in August. The All-Stars next match is this Friday at Dartford, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul due to return after starring for Lancashire in their recent county championship fixture.

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