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.

Lashings and Lara to celebrate Eid  in Qatar

LASHINGS will be providing BOTH teams for a stellar cricketing showdon in Qatar this Monday (October 6). A World XI, skippered by none other than Brain Lara, one of the greatest batsmen the World has ever seen, will play an Asia XI captained by the legend Sanath Jayasuriya. The game takes place in Doha's West End Stadium with play starting at 6pm local time. Lara, who first played for Lashings in 2001, heads a World side that includes Herschelle Gibbs, Ryan ten Doeschatet and Aussie duo Jason Gillespie and Damien Martyn. Jayasuriya will be able to call on his compatriot Marvan Atapattu, plus Pakistan's Mohammed Sami and Yasir Arafat. The game is being staged to celebrate the Eid festival and Lashings are providing the players in association with Insignia.
West End Park Chairman, Mr. Mana Ibrahim Al Mana, is delighted such a prestigious game is coming to Qatar: “Firstly I would like to thank the Ministry of Youth and Sport for their valued support. The Eid Cricket Festival will be the first time such an array of international talent has come to Qatar, I’m excited to see players of the calibre of Brian Lara, Sanath Jayasuriya in the flesh and I know the public will be equally pleased. The World XI vs. Asia XI T20 match is being held during the Eid Holidays to help maximise the crowd attendance, I know both the teams are excited to witness the fantastic support here in Qatar. I urge every cricket fan to purchase a ticket to share in a cricket celebration and to showcase the country’s popularity of cricket to the world”. World XI: Brian Lara (West Indies), Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe) Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa); Riki Wessels (Australia);Owais Shah (England) Damien Martyn (Australia) Corey Collymore (West Indies) Samuel Badree (West Indies) Saj Mahmood (England) Ryan Ten Doeschate (Netherlands)
Manager: John Emburey (England). Asia XI: Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh) Imran Nazir (Pakistan) Marvan Atapattu (Sri Lanka) Aakash Chopra (India) Angelo Perera (Sri Lanka) Chamara Kapugedera (Sri Lanka) Abdul Razzaq (Pakistan) Rashid Latif (Pakistan) Uasir Arafat (Pakistan) Mohammad Sami (Paksitan) Manager: Gordon Greenidge (West Indies).
Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter will be appearing at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone on October 14. Blowers, a Lashings stalwart for many years, will be performing "Memories of TMS" along side his colleague in a rearranged event. As one of, if not THE, most accomplished raconteurs on the circuit, Blowers has teamed up with his friend to recreate the joy of being in the Test Match Special commentary box for a live audience. The show features a host of the anecdotes that have made Blowers the doyen of cricket broadcasters and Baxter acts as the perfect foil. Tickets are available from the Hazlitt on 01622 758611 or by emailing: hazlitt.boxoffice@parkwoodtheatres.co.uk - or callers are welcome at the box office in Maidstone's Earl Street. .

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.

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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.

Shaw squad news

LASHINGS will attempt to make it 33 games unbeaten when they take on Shaw Cricket Club in Oldham on Friday. Alex Tudor, Martin Bicknell and everyone's favourite Japansese-speaking Dutch Australian quick bowler Dirk Nannes is back with the All Stars. Lashings (from): Phil DeFreitas (captain), Wasim Jaffer, Chris Schofield, Devon Malcolm, John Emburey, Alex Tudor, Martin Bicknell, Dirk Nannes, Corey Collymore, Saqlain Mushtaq, Yasir Arafat and Gordon Greenidge.

The Rawalpindi Express, calling at Letchworth and Maidstone

The formidable Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar will be back with the All-Stars for this weekend's games, starting with Letchworth on Friday before Sunday's free T20 Festival at Mote Park, Maidstone. After a comfortable win over Newick on Sunday Lashings are now just five games away from going the entire season undefeated. Letchworth are the next team attempting to derail the All-Stars, but they'll face a formidable line-up at Whitehorn Lane on Friday, with the batting order also reinforced by the arrival of the Pakistani legend Mohammad Yousaf. The full line-up is as follows: Lashings (from DeFreitas (captain), Gibbs, Jaffer, Greenidge, Schofield, Yousaf, Collymore, Harvey, Malcolm, Arafat, Emburey, Hollioake & JK Lever (manager) We then play in a T20 festival at the Mote Cricket Ground in Maidstone.
Kent favourite Geraint Jones also returns as Game 1 sees Lashings take on the House of Commons and Lords Select XI in a match that starts at 11am. Admission is free but donations to the Peggy Wood Foundation are invited. The Mote will then play the RAC in Game 2, with the winner meeting the winner of Game 1 in the final. Lashings: (from) DeFreitas (captain), Gibbs, Akhtar, Jaffer, Malcolm, Emburey, G Jones, Bicknell, Collymore, Saqlain, Arafat, Yousaf & JK Lever

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