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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.