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Mote fundraiser for Kirsty

OLD enemies Lashings and The Mote have agreed to play a fund-raising match at The Mote's Willow Way Ground on August 17th, in aid of Maidstone girl Kirsty Keep. Kirsty was bitten by an insect at the age of 12 and has suffered from lupus ever since, a condition that has left her in so much pain she has repeatedly considered ending her life. The match at The Mote will go towards a trip to the USA, where it's hoped she'll be able to receive advanced medical treatment, enabling her to live a relatively normal life again. More details on the fixture will follow.

Monty skittles Eastbourne

MONTY Panesar took 3-15 and Wasim Jaffer smashed a quickfire 60 as the Lashings All-Stars beat Eastbourne by 68 runs on Friday. The All-Stars made it five wins out of five for the season after racking up a competitive 170-7 from 20 overs. Jaffer was the top scorer, aided by fellow opener Kirk Edwards (49) and Owais Shah (32). Rawlins took 3-19 for the hosts. Eastbourne's reply got off to the worst possible star when Panesar (pictured left during our recent game with Downend) took two wickets in the first over, reducing them to 0-2. Borsoi and Smith added some respectability to the chase with 21 and 18, but the Sussex side never looked like repeating last year's shock win over Lashings at this venue and eventually subsided to 102 all out.

In-form Kirk boldly goes where no opener has gone before

Kirk Edwards, perhaps asking manager David Smith for a pay rise after scoring 299 runs in three matches.
ONE of the most devastating opening partnerships in the history of the Lashings All-Stars saw Downend defeated by 54 runs on Friday. In a free-scoring game at the WG Grace Memorial Ground, Kirk Edwards and Wasim Jaffer both hit quickfire centuries in a stand of 274 for the first wicket. Edwards made 141 from just 70 balls, a knock that included 12 sixes and 13 fours. Jaffer was nearly as aggressive, making 130 from 77 balls, with five sixes and 21 fours. The partnership only ended when Edwards was caught by Loud off McEwan and by then Lashings were well on their way to 334-6, a total that would have been even higher but for 3-17 from Waghlea late in the innings. Downend made a respectable run chase, with Loud making 51 and Pierre finishing unbeaten on 70 as they closed on 280-7. In the previous week's matches Lashings beat Staplegrove by 92 runs, with Edwards making 58 and Darren Maddy 52 as the All-Stars made 215-6. Usman Afzaal took 3-18 and a run out as Staplegrove were skittled for 123 in reply. That followed another century performance from Edwards at Bingham, where Lashings won by 127 runs. Edwards made exactly 100 from 49 balls out of a total of 221-3, before the All-Stars restricted Bingham to just 94 in reply.

Panesar to make debut at Bingham

MONTY Panesar tops the bill for the Lashings All-Stars when they take on Bingham Cricket Club in Nottinghamshire this Friday.

 

The England cult hero, a veteran of 50 test matches during which he took 167 wickets, joins bowling legends Devon Malcolm and John Emburey in a line-up of cricketing stars from all over the world.

 

The All-Stars batting order is headed by England one-day specialist Owais Shah and India's Wasim Jaffer, while for Nottinghamshire fans Usman Afzaal will be the local hero.

 

The full line-up is: Owais Shah (England), Usman Afzaal (England), Wasim Jaffer (India), Kirk Edwards (West Indies), Chris Schofield (England), Devon Malcolm (England), Alfonso Thomas (South Africa), Charl Willoughby (South Africa), John Emburey (England), Monty Panesar (England), Paul Horton (England).

Manager David Smith (England), Coach Gordon Greenidge (West Indies).

 

On Sunday the All-Stars move on to Staplegrove, with Herschelle Gibbs making his long-awaited return. Pakistan all-rounder and T20 specialist Yasir Arafat joins the squad, as does England's Darren Maddy, while Martin Bicknell stands in as skipper.

 

The full line up is as follows: Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa), Owais Shah (England), Usman Afzaal (England), Kirk Edwards (West Indies), Wasim Jaffer (India), Darren Maddy (England), Yasir Arafat (Pakistan), Martin Bicknell (England), Alfonso Thomas (South Africa), Charl Willoughby (South Africa), John Emburey (England).

Manager David Smith (England), Coach Gordon Greenidge (West Indies).

 

The line-up for the Downend fixture on Friday June 3rd will be announced first on social media. You can follow all the action, as it happens, via CricHQ.

 

 

All-Stars unveil new captaincy duo

Lashings mourn death of John Steer

We were deeply saddened to hear that John Steer passed away on Sunday at Maidstone Hospital. He was 80. John was an active sportsman in his youth, excelling at football and cricket, as well as being an enthusiastic cyclist who competed in 25 and 50-mile time trials. He was the first ever secretary for the Lashings Cricket Club and there at the very first match back in 1984 when the team was famously bowled out for 29, having only agreed to play the night before. John watched as Lashings grew from being a hapless pub team into a World XI and among his many claims to fame is that he taught chairman David Folb how to bat in the nets at Vinters Park, drumming it into him that "you must keep a straight bat." Maybe the most poignant moment of his tenure came at a match against Kent at the St Lawrence ground, when Lashings fielded a side packed with stars, including Richie Richardson and Sir Viv Richards. He and Folb looked at each other in the dressing room and said: "We've come a long way, haven't we?" Folb said: "He was a friend to everyone at Lashings and we are very sorry he's no longer with us."

Ball-by-ball updates for all matches

For the first time ever in 2016 fans at Lashings All-Stars matches will be able to follow the score on a state-of-the-art SMART scoreboard, provided by Quickscore. Having previously had to rely on old-fashioned telegraph-style scoreboards, players and fans will now be able to see the precise match situation after every single delivery, thanks to Quickscore's brand new digital machines. At the touch of a button the scorer can now use CricHQ's scoring app to keep the entire ground updated with the runs scored by each batsman, the bowler's figures and, most crucially, the runs required for the chasing team to win. Lashings Operations Manager James Honey-Green said: "This will transform the match day experience for players and fans. In the past we've had some really exciting games but not everyone in the crowd has known how many runs were needed and how many balls were left. It's going to ratchet up the excitement for everyone involved." Quickscore's screens use the latest technology to provide a large, full-colour display visible from every part of the ground. The scoreboards are wirelessly controlled and can be used at absolutely any venue.
David Geensen of Quickscore said: “We are very much looking forward to our partnership with Lashings All Stars for the 2016 season, it’s a fantastic opportunity for clubs across the country to see our Quickscore SMART Scoreboard in use during top level cricket from some of heroes past & present. We are also really pleased and excited to be helping the BREDS Foundation in Jamaica by donating the scoreboard at the end of the season. ” As part of the deal between Quickscore and Lashings, Quickscore will be donating a scoreboard to the BREDS Foundation, our supported charity for the 2016 season. Honey-Green said: "This is a fantastic gesture by Quickscore. They absolutely love cricket at Treasure Beach and the new scoreboard will give the facilities there a real boost."

Welcome to virtual reality cricket

Fitz joins the crew

THE Lashings All-Stars will be working with the pioneering cricket company Batfast throughout the 2016 season. We'll be showcasing their state-of-the-art cricket simulators at our events and giving fans the chance to experience exactly what their heroes experience when they're out in the middle.

 

Unlike a bowling machine, BATFAST cricket simulators allow you to experience the real experience of being an International Batsman!

 

Their precise technology times the ball release exactly in-sync with the bowling actions of the cricketers you are facing on the screen.  Cameras flashing, crowds cheering and opposition sledging, they provide the complete package.  The key features of their simulators include:

 

- Delivery speeds of up to 70 mph

- Fully automated, touch screen controlled simulator

- Used with soft balls

- Unique challenges similar to match situations

- Stadium sounds, instant replays and commentary

Lashings MD James Honey-Green said: "We're delighted to have teamed up with Batfast. Their machines are absolutely brilliant. For the first time this summer fans attending Lashings matches will not only get the chance to meet their heroes, they will be able to get a first hand knowledge of what it feels like to be an international cricketer."

 

Runish Gudhka, Head of Business Development at Batfast, said, "We are extremely excited to work with an established and well reputed brand like the Lashings All Stars that have to delivered highest quality of entertainment to cricket fans. Values very similar to ours. We hope we can make Lashings events even bigger and more memorable this year."

 

For more information on Bafast, visit their website www.batfast.com or their gallery on www.batfast.com/gallery

THE Lashings matchday crew will be bolstered by comedian Dave "Fitz" Fiztgerald this year.

 

In an entertainment career spanning over 20 years, Fitz has both performed in and produced hundreds of events across the UK.

 

After initially making his name on the cabaret scene, Fitz has developed a reputation as an excellent MC on the sporting speaker circuit. having worked alongside the likes of Paul Merson, Graeme Souness, Lee Sharpe, Ray Parlour and Harry Redknapp. In addition, Fitz was, for 7 years, the match Hospitality Host at AFC Bournemouth.

 

Outside of his MC commitments, Fitz is busy in his role as Tour Director of “The Gag Show” touring comedy club – producing comedy nights across the country.

 

Masterful Matthews

CHRIS Matthews, the only professional boxer in Maidstone, won his third fight when he defeated Gyuala Tallosi of Hungary, on Saturday night at Medway Park.

 

Chris, a 21-year-old super-featherweight sponsored by Lashings, had his opponent on the canvas in round two, although the referee ruled it a slip rather than a knock-down. In the third Matthews connected with a great punch that sent Tallosi's gum shield flying across the ring.

 

He had the edge throughout and was rewarded with a 39-37 points victory.

THE former England and Lancashire spinner Chris Schofield will be the captain of the Lashings All-Stars for the 2016 season, with Surrey legend Martin Bicknell his vice-captain. The 37-year-old from Rochdale has been a key member of the Lashings team for a number of years and succeeds Phil DeFreitas, who remains a valued part of the squad. Team manager David Smith said: "We are delighted to confirm that we have appointed Chris and Martin. It goes without saying that we wish to thank Daffy for his loyal service over the years and look forward to still having him around in a playing capacity." Schofield, a rare English leg spinner, played two test matches and four T20 internationals. He claimed 237 first-class wickets in a career that also saw him play for Surrey. For Lashings he has occasionally opened the batting and his lower order blitzes have regularly bailed the top order out of trouble. Bicknell, 47, also has several years of experience with Lashings under his belt and he moves into the new role of vice-captain. Bicknell took 429 career wickets and played four tests for England. Both men are brand ambassadors for Lashings.
Schoey, pictured with the BREDS Cup last year. As stand-in skipper he captained Lashings to victory in the Treasure Beach tournament and he now takes the job on a permanent basis.