Lashings hit the road

The Lashings All-Stars are entering their busiest phase of the season, with a mini-tour of the West Country this week followed by a showpiece event with our Sponsors, Jewson, in Kent this Sunday. The action starts on Wednesday in Cornwall, when we take on a Penzance, Hayle & Ludgvan XI, before we head to Devon for Thursday's clash with Heathcoat Cricket Club in Tiverton. From there we journey eastwards to Ashtead, to play The Admiral Trust at the City of London Freemen's School. Then, in arguably the biggest thing to happen to cricket in the Weald of Kent since the innovation of the third stump, the Lashings All-Stars will take on a Jewson Celebrity XI on Sunday, at Horsmonden Cricket Ground. Lashings will be coached by West Indies legend Gordon Greenidge, with the line-up set to include a host of stellar names. Former Charlton players Steve Gritt and John Salako are rumoured to be in contention for the Jewson XI and Derry Mensah of X Factor and Boyband is also set to play. The match will be followed by live music from acts including the 2013 X Factor winner Sam Bailey. Mensah will also be performing in the evening, as will Lucy Texeira of Two Shoes/X Factor fame, who is now the UK’s leading Beyoncé tribute act. The cricket starts at 1pm. Ground admission is just £5 or £3 for children, with tickets available on the day. After a brief respite we'll be back on the road again the following Wednesday (August 2nd) with a game against Addington (Kent), before games with Eversholt Portland Red Triangle and Goggleshall Town. See our fixtures page for full details.

Fitz is Lashings' new Events Director

All-Stars defy the rain to raise money for Grenfell

WE'RE delighted to announce that Dave Fitzgerald, pictured left with Scott Charlton, has been appointed as the new Events Director of the Lashings All-Stars, taking over from James Honey-Green. Known universally as “Fitz”, Dave has been an integral part of the Lashings matchday operation for some time now and will be taking over with immediate effect. All event queries should now be sent to Dave via events@lashings.co.uk or you can call him on 07846 947397. We'd like to thank James for his service over the last four and half years and we wish him well for the future. We have had a few administration problems in the last few days. The majority of these have been resolved but we apologise for any delays in responding to emails and messages. We have rectified the problems and hopefully they won't happen again!
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. “These were some of the most challenging conditions I think we've ever played in,” event organiser James Honey-Green said. “But we were all agreed that the show had to go on.” 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.

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

Lashings to play in Grenfell Tower fundraiser

Some of the world's greatest cricketers will be joining forces with a team of MPs to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. The Lashings All-Stars will be taking on the Lord's & Commons CC on Tuesday 27th June at the Upper Latymer School Sports Ground, Wood Lane, London W12. The Twenty20 game will start at 6pm and all money will go towards the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund. Lashings have been described as "the Harlem Globetrotters of cricket" and their multi-national squad includes some of the game's all-time greats, including Gordon Greenidge, Saqlain Mushtaq and Courtney Walsh. Live commentary will be provided by the legendary Henry Blofeld. Andrew Strauss, ECB Director, England Cricket said: “It’s great that cricket can play a part in bringing help and support to the victims of the Grenfell fire. We would urge as many people as possible to show their support for this fixture and our thanks all to the parliamentarians and ex-cricketers who are taking part. It’s a very important initiative and one which has ECB’s full support and endorsement.” The Lords & Commons CC have been playing for over 150 years and among the players to have turned out for them are cabinet ministers past and present, including John Redwood, Ed Balls, Boris Johnson and Davd Gauke, plus the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and former Prime Minister, Sir John Major. The captain of the MPs' team, Nigel Adams, said: “I’m delighted that so many of my parliamentary colleagues have agreed to take part in the match. I hope there’s a good crowd on Tuesday night to support this great cause which has touched so many people.” David Goodhew, Head of Latymer Upper School, says “I’m very pleased that Latymer Upper School is hosting this charity cricket match. Having grown up in a tower block next to Grenfell, it is personally very important to me that our school plays a part in helping to raise funds for the victims of this tragedy.” Lashings' coach Gordon Greenidge said: "We were as horrified as everyone else by this story. We all felt we had to do something and that's why we were delighted to agree to play."

Unbeaten All-Stars head to Blunham

THE Lashings All-Stars remain unbeaten this season after successive wins against The Bournemouth Invitational XI on Friday and Crowborough on Sunday. Although the first victory was convincing enough, Sussex side Crowborough gave the All-Stars another scare on a sweltering afternoon before falling just short of their target of 165. The next challengers for Lashings are Blunham, who host the All-Stars on Friday at Barford Road, Milton Keynes. The team news is as follows. Lashings: Kirk Edwards, Wasim Jaffer, Chris Schofield (captain), Usman Afzaal, Chris Lewis, Yasir Arafat, Tino Best, John Emburey, Martin Bicknell, Alfonso Thomas, Monty Panesar Manager: David Smith Coach: Gordon Greenidge Commentator: Henry Blofeld

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