Five for ageless Emburey

A low-scoring Twenty20 affair at Purley on Friday ended with Lashings recording their 20th win of the season and preserving their perfect record.
Ian Harvey and Wasim Jaffer put on 90 for the first wicket before the former fell for 51. Jaffer made 49 but the All-Stars innings fell away slightly, closing on 150-6. As gettable as that might have looked, Purley lost three quick wickets before John Emburey ripped through the middle order, taking 5-18 to leave Purley on 102-5 after 20 overs. The next team to challenge the All-Stars is Blackheath Wanderers, who host Lashings this Sunday, with play due to start, as ever, at 2.30pm.
After a tight win over Brentford Lashings were pushed close by another Essex side on Tuesday when they squeezed by Hadleigh & Thundersley. Pakistan's Mohammad Wasim hit 75 fro Lashings but the next highest scorers were Herschelle Gibbs and Scott Styris who manegd a relatively modest 30 apiece. With the All-Stars posting 195-8 from their 30 overs a number of home batsmen rose to the challenge with Soilleux making a measured 46 from 50 balls, but they fell just three runs short, closing on 192-8. The All-Stars are back in action again today at Amersham in Buckinghamshire. The action starts at 2.30pm. Lashings: DeFrietas, Gibbs, Hollioake, Bicknell, Patel, Collymore, Saqlain, Malcolm, Schofield, Styris, Jaffer & JK Lever (manager). The unbeaten run continues after two wins in three days, although Lashings were pushed close by Brentwood on Friday before enjoying a more comfortable victory at Tattenhall on Sunday. Rain looked like disrupting the Brentwood game and eventually it was agreed the match would be reduced to a Twenty20. After losing Ian Harvey for just 3 Wasim Jaffer (34) and Herschelle Gibbs (66) posted the highest scores as the All-Stars reached 154-7. An unbeaten 89 from West meant that Brentwood looked a good bet to chase that down until a cluster of wickets saw the Essex boys collapse from 102-3 to 149-9, falling five runs short. Tattenhall was altogether easier, with Chris Schofield hitting 120 and Wasim Jaffer 51 as Lashings posted 235. Hope was Tattenhall's highest scorer with 35 but after slumping to 87-7 the hosts did well to reach 170-9, a 65 run deficit. Lashings next match is at Hadleigh & Thundersleigh on Tuesday July 22.
LASHINGS global partner the Treasure Beach Foundation (BREDS) have agreed a muliti-million dollar deal to build the Donald Buchanan Tourism Sports Centre in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth. Jason Henzell of BREDS said: "At the completion of the project the facility will be able to host international warm-up games, It's such a great project to re-establish interest in sports at the community level. If we can have more facilities it would be great as it is about the integration of sports. "We have to bring everybody together and this project does that. It will play a big part in the development of communities." You can read the full story here.

N-n-n-nineteen not out

LASHINGS made it 17 wins out of 17 on Sunday, beating Met Police Bushey by 72 runs. Herschelle Gibbs was the star of the show again, hitting 104 before he retired, while Pakistan's Umar Amin was the next highest scorer with 42 not out as Lashings made 205-2 from 20 overs. The Met's Joshi made an unbeaten 86 but his spirited innings was in vain as the hosts finished on 133-6. The All-Stars comfortably won a rain-affected game with Reigate Priory on Friday. After a rain delayed start the match was initially reduced to 20 overs a side and none of the Lashings batsmen pushed on to make a really big score. Wasim Jaffer scored 36 from 18 overs, but the next highest score was Mohammad Wasim’s 27 and the score, 142-6, looked gettable, until there was a further reduction in the overs. Min Patel took three early wickets for 14.
Martin Bicknell grabbed 2-11 and Reigate finished on 54-5 from 10 overs, 30 runs short on Duckworth Lewis. Lashings won their second game in as many days by beating Amersham by 31 runs on Wednesday. Herschelle Gibbs produced a characteristically brilliant innings of 83, from just 38 balls as Lashings eased to 208-4 from their 20 overs. Amersham's top order all contributed to the run chase, with opener Joubert making 32 and Viney top-scoring with 34, but a steep asking rate became an unsurmountable one. The All-Stars next match is at Reigate Priory this Friday.

Gibbs steals the show again

The boys looking relaxed at Met Police on Sunday.

Herculean Herschelle hammers 'em at Amersham

Close call for the All-Stars, but their unbeaten run goes on

Alex and Bickers tucking into some cake during the interval

BREDS multimillion dollar deal

THE team for the Lashings All-Stars trip to Hadleigh & Thundersley on Tuesday has been announced. The Punjab-born all-rounder Azhar Mahmood joins up with Phil DeFreitas' side to reinforce both the batting order and that attack - not that it needs reinforcing! Lashings: (from) DeFreitas, Gibbs, Jaffer, Bicknell, Emburey, Styris, Mahmood, Malcolm, Schofield, Collymore, Saqlain and JK Lever (manager).

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Jason Henzell (left) of the Treasure Beach Foundation) signing the deal to build the new Tourism Sports Centre in Tresure Beach

Unbeaten run continues

Showdown time in Essex

OUR annual clash with Brentwood takes place this Friday and we've assembled a powerful looking team for what is traditionally one of our toughest games of the season. The "banter" has been flowing from Brentwood and we're looking forward to seeing how their batsmen cope with a chin music symphony! The full squad is as follows: Lashings: (from) DeFreitas, Gibbs, Emburey, Blackwell, Jaffer, Collymore, Ealham, Patel, Saqlain, Harvey, Bicknell and manager JK Lever On Sunday our cricketers are at Tattenhall in Cheshire, with the line up as follows: Lashings: (from) DeFreitas, Gibbs, Styris, Arafat, Collymore, Schofield, Malcolm, Mushtaq, Jaffer, Emburey, Patel and manager JK Lever

Can anyone beat this team?

Another day, another win for the All-Stars, this time by a 47-run margin over Leigh Academy at Bexley. Two of our less heralded players came to the fore, with Chris Schofield making 71 from exactly the same number of deliveries and New Zealander Tim McIntosh smashing 87 from 48 balls. McIntosh blasted 34 from a single over and having hit sixes from the first five balls he faced he might just have been a little disappointed to only hit the sixth for a four. The total of 245-4 was too much for Leigh but a number of their batsmen produced creditable innings, with Green unbeaten on 61 at stumps and Dalgleish out for 55 to the final ball of the day. Click here for the full scorecard. The All-Stars now have the luxury of a full week off before next Friday's game with Brentwood.

Easy win as Compton stars with bat and ball

ENGLAND batsmen from the recent and not so recent past starred for Lashings at Mangotsfield on Thursday, as the All-Stars won by 103 runs. Opener Nick Compton, making his Lashings debut, hit 63 from 47 balls and after a 30-run cameo from Herschelle Gibbs Alan Wells strode to the crease and smashed an undefeated 97 from 58. When Compton departed Wells was joined by Owais Shah who made 50 from 31 balls and some late thrashing by Chris Schofield took the total to a "challenging" 281-4. Mangotsfield's chances of chasing this down weren't helped when Martin Bicknell claimed two wickets from the first two balls of their reply.
Trotman (54) and Coombes (27) helped them recover but the lower order was skittled by Compton, who claimed 3-33. Click here for the full scorecard. Lashings are at Bexley today (Friday) to play Leigh Tec today with play due to start 3pm.

Kirk and Compton to make All-Star debuts

Nick Compton and Kirk Edwards will make their Lashings debuts this week. Somerset's Compton opened the batting for England as recently as last summer and he joins a powerful batting order that includes Owais Shah, Herschelle Gibbs and Wasim Jaffer for the trip to Mangotsfield on Thursday. Play starts at 2.30pm.
You can follow the action live with CricHQ. Lashings: (from) Emburey, Gibbs, Compton, Shah, Jaffer, Schofield, Bicknell, Mushtaq, Harvey, Collymore & Giddins There's no rest for the squad as from Mangotsfield they immediately travel to Bexley for the annual fixture with the Leigh Academy, on Friday where Phil DeFreitas returns to skipper the side and our second new signing Kirk Edwards makes his first appearance of the season. Lashings: DeFreitas, Gibbs, Collymore, Jaffer, Edwards, Harvey, Ealham, Patel, O'Brien, Emburey, Schofield & Giddins

They think that it's Andover: well it is now

Sammy says Harlow and waves goodbye in fine style

THERE'S not a lot you can say about the way Herschelle Gibbs is batting at the moment, other than to advise anyone parking near a ground where he's playing to check their windows are insured.
At Andover on Sunday he smacked 95 from 58 balls, including seven sixes and eight fours, making almost half the All-Stars total of 193-6. Gibbs dominated the innings with the next highest score coming from Scott Styris, who made a comparatively pedestrian 27 from 16 balls.
Ed Duckworth claimed two wickets in an over for Andover, including the prize scalp of Owais Shah for a duck, but the total always looked a bit of an ask (to put it mildly) and onl three home batsmen reached double figures, Taylor the top scorer with 31. DeFreitas took 3-19 and Emburey 3-23 as Lashings coasted to an 83-run win.
The unbeaten run continues and Lashings will get the chance to make it a perfect 10 when they take on Mangotsfield this Thursday.
As ever you can follow the action live on CricHQ. Click here for today's full scorecard.
POSTED 27th June 2014 LASHINGS unbeaten run continued on Friday as they won both games in a double header with Harlow Town. With one eye on an uninspiring weather forecast a 10-over thrash was held and thrash was the operative word as Chris Schofield hit 58 from 27 balls. Darren Sammy's Lashings debut was brief but memorable. His first ball was a dot, he smcked his next three for sixes and was stumped for 41 after facing just 13 balls. A total of 146-3 was too much for Harlow, who fell 60 runs short but they made a better fist of the second match. With the weather holding a Twenty20 match was held, giving fans the chance to watch Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge open together once more. The West Indies legends put on 45 for the first wicket before Haynes was stumped after scoring 22 from 21 balls. Greenidge was lbw for 24 soon after and it was Herschelle Gibbs who provided the top score with 52 from 38 balls., while Sammy added 32 from 19, leaving Lashings on 167-7. Partnerships between Holland (32) and Coleman (26) for the third wicket and Upahdyay (23) and Alderson (37) down the order kept Harlow in with a shout until they closed on 153-8, a 14-run defeat. Full scorecard at CricHQ here. The road show rolls on to Andover this Sunday where play starts at 2.30pm.

Darren Sammy signs to link up with West Indies legends

IT could be a busy weekend for window replacement companies in Essex as we've just had it confirmed that Darren Sammy will be playing for the Lashings All-Stars against Harlow Town on Friday. The West Indies present Twenty20 captain will link up with his compatriots Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes and team mate Corey Collymore in a starting XI with a very Caribbean flavour. It's the last chance to see Haynes and Greenidge batting together this season, following their 81-run opening stand in Lashings win at Collingham & Linton on Sunday and a unique opportunity to see two legends of the 1980s play alongside the man who captained West Indies to World Twenty20 glory in 2012. And if Harlow's bowlers aren't exhausted enough after facing this trio, New Zealand's big-hitting Scott Styris will be making his first appearance of the season before joining the boys for Sunday's trip to Andover. Remember you can follow bith games live, with ball-by-ball updates on CricHQ. Squad for Harlow:
Sammy, DeFreitas, Greenidge, Haynes, Gibbs, Jaffer, Styris, Saqlain, Malcolm, Bicknell, Schofield, Collymore, Giddins & JK Lever (manager) Squad for Andover:
DeFreitas, Gibbs, Jaffer, Bicknell, Saqlain, Emburey, Arafat, Harvey, Styris, Malcolm, Collymore & Giddins In other news Lashings chairman David Folb is jetting off to Jamaica on Friday to seal a sponsorship deal and finalise plans for a tour there in November.
"Hello? Yes this is Desmond Haynes? Oh hello Darren, would you like some batting tips?"
The legends taking it easy during a sweltering afternoon at Collingham & Linton
Saqlain, visibly quaking at the prospect of meeting Brentwood this Friday

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The unbeaten run stretches to 19 games this season, after Lashings won back-to-back fixtures in Lincolnshire. Tuesday's game with Woodhall Spa was a comprehensive win for the All-Stars, thanks to some big-hitting from Pakistan's Mohammad Wasim (88), Herschelle Gibbs (66) and skipper Phil DeFreitas, who made 71 from just 33 balls. Woodhall Spa made a respectable254.9 from their allotted overs, with openers Evison (59) and Cheer (55) putting on 114 for the first wicket, before the latter was run out by John Emburey. Lower order resistance from Luffman (33) couldn't prevent Lashings from winning by 68 runs. On Wednesday the All-Stars were pushed close by Cleethorpes, and suffered an early wobble, slipping to 30-3 before Tim McIntosh hit 59 and Herschelle Gibbs added 50 not out - from what was by his standards a pedestrian 50 balls.
Lashings posted 183-5 from 50 overs but Cleethorpes made a more than respectable run chase. Opener Kirby hit 51 and after three qick wickets fell he was well-supported by first Robinson (44) and Osmond, who was unbeaten on 51 at the death as the hosts fell 13 runs short. The next match comes this Friday, when Lashings take on Purley at The Ridge, with play due to get underway at 2.30pm. The Lashings team is from: DeFreitas, Jaffer, Amin, Bicknell, Wasim, Harvey, Malcolm, O'Brien, Saqlain, Min Patel, Ealham, Collymore & JK Lever