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We are unbeatable! (Again)

FOR the second time in three years the Lashings All-Stars have gone through an entire season without defeat. The unbeaten 2016 concluded in slightly damp circumstances at Bexhill-on-Sea on Saturday when the rain forced play to be abandoned at the interval, after Lashings had posted 176. Chris Lewis (right) hit 77 from 43 balls, but difficult conditions meant Bexhill were unable to try and overhaul the target. The abandonment followed Lashings win over Broxbourne on Friday. The All-Stars made 261-4 on a "benign" wicket and Broxbourne, unsurprisingly, fell short, closing on 146-4 to lose by 115 runs. If you think you can beat us in 2017, please get in touch!

Brutal Coles helps All Stars close in on landmark

Lashings are now just two games away from going the entire season undefeated, after victories over Burridge and Thursley this weekend. Some brutal hitting by Matt Coles, who made 99 not out, helped the All-Stars to 332-4 off just 20 overs at Thursley on Sunday, a total the hosts got nowhere near, given that the required run rate was 16.6 per over. On Friday the All-Stars made 209-4 against Burridge, before dismissing the Hampshire side for 105, to win by 94 runs. The season concludes this weekend, with a double-header. On Friday we take on Broxbourne, before a trip to Bexhill-on-Sea on Saturday. Team news to follow. We're also delighted to announce that three key members of this season's squad, Chris Lewis, Monty Panesar and Tino Best, will all be back for next season.

Mauling in Malling

Cephas Zhuwao was undisputed the star of the holiday weekend, after match-winning performances in two of our three fixtures. The Zimbabwean scored an astonishing 166 as Lashings beat Letchworth by 64 runs on Friday, stealing the show with a pyrotechnic innings that included 16 sixes and 10 fours, as Lashings made 217-1. In reply Letchworth closed on 163-7. On Sunday Lashings were convincing winners at the Town Malling T20 festival in West Malling, Kent. Usman Afzaal scored a century as the All-Stars routed the House of Commons and Lord's Select XI in game one, while Cephas took five wickets in the second game to see off the challenge of Town Malling. Our next fixture is this Friday, when we take on Burridge CC in Hampshire. The team is as follows: Kirk Edwards, Gordon Greenidge, Chris Schofield, Cephas Zhuwao, Jonathan Batty, Tino Best, Adam Riley, Martin Bicknell, John Emburey, Monty Panesar, Devon Malcolm. Manager: David Smith.

Horsham team news

As the season approaches its conclusion there are just six fixtures left and the All-Stars remain undefeated, after heavy rain forced last Friday's match at Cookley to be abandoned. This Wednesday we're off to West Sussex to take on Horsham Cricket Club, with the team news as follows. Kirk Edwards, Chris Schofield, Usman Afzaal, Sherwin Campbell, Chris Lewis, Niall O'Brien, Tino Best, Martin Bicknell, John Emburey, Monty Panesar, Charl Willoughby Manager: David Smith Coach: Gordon Greenidge Special Guest Commentator: Henry Blofeld. On Friday we travel to Letchworth Garden City and on Sunday we play our annual fixture against the House of Commons and Lords Select XI, which this year takes place at the Town Malling Cricket Ground, in West Malling, Kent.

Cookley team news

After a convincing win over Ventnor at their stunning Isle-of-Wight ground on Sunday (pictured right) the All-Stars will defend their unbeaten record at Cookley this Friday. The team line-up is as follows: Lashings: Chris Schofield, Kirk Edwards, Wasim Jaffer, Sherwin Campbell, Yasir Arafat, Chris Lewis, Tino Best, John Emburey, Martin Bicknell, Monty Panesar, Charl Willoughby Manager: David Smith Coach: Gordon Greenidge The All-Stars beat Ventnor by 64 runs. Wasim Jaffer made 110 from just 52 balls, as Lashings made 222-4 before limiting the Islanders to 158-6.

Twenty out of Twenty!

Victories over Hornchurch, Boston and Charterhouse School last week mean the Lashings All-Stars remain unbeaten as they head north on Friday to take on Cleethorpes, with the record for the season now standing at 20 out of 20. Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler was among the crowds at Charterhouse on Sunday, where we enjoyed a 71-run win, following half-centuries from Kirk Edwards and skipper Chris Schofield. The full side for Cleethorpes is as follows: Lashings: Chris Schofield, Kirk Edwards, Wasim Jaffer, Sherwin Campbell, Chris Lewis, Yasir Arafat, Monty Panesar, Alfonso Thomas, Warren Hegg, Ma​rtin Bicknell, Tino Best Manager: David Smith Coach: Gordon Greenidge.

Get well soon Michael

We were shocked to learn yesterday (Thursday) that the England and Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry is suffering from a cancerous tumour. Michael played for Lashings last season and is well-known to most of our players. On behalf of everyone at the All-Stars we wish him the fullest and quickest possible recovery.

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

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.

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."


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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.


John Steer's funeral arrangements

The funeral of John Steer will take place at Vinters Park crematorium, on Tuesday 9th August at 9am. Morning coffee will be served after the service at the Lashings Sports Bar. John, who passed away earlier this summer at the age of 80, 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."

Kirk routs Worthing

THE All-Stars routed Worthing by 121 runs on Wednesday, turning on the style for a huge crowd at the Manor Ground in a fixture held to raise funds for the St Barnabas House Hospice. Batting first, Lashings blasted 221-3 from the allocated 20 overs. Kirk Edwards hit 73 from 38 balls, with four sixes and seven fours before he was bowled by Harry Dunn. Skipper Chris Schofield was the next highest scorer with an unbeaten 58, before a late cameo from Darren Maddy (25 not out from 12 balls) helped the All-Stars set a daunting target. Despite an opening partnership of 41 by Alex Harris (25) and Sam Jones (17) Worthing never looked like getting anywhere near the target and eventually subsided for exactly 100. The All-Stars next match is at Ventnor on Sunday. The team news is as follows: Chris Schofield, Kirk Edwards, Wasim Jaffer, Sherwin Campbell, Usman Afzaal, Yasir Arafat, Jonathan Batty , Tino Best, John Emburey, Alex Tudor, Ma​rtin Bicknell​, Monty Panesar Manager: David Smith Coach: Gordon Greenidge

Closing in on an undefeated season

Yet another win for the All-Stars at Horsham on Wednesday means they are now just five games away from completing an undefeated season. On Friday we play our annual game with Letchworth Cricket Club and the team news is as follows: Lashings: Kirk Edwards, Gordon Greenidge, Chris Schofield, Sherwin Campbell, Cephas Zhuwao, Chris Lewis, Tino Best, Martin Bicknell, Monty Panesar, Charl Willoughby. Manager David Smith. Then on Sunday we'll be playing our traditional match against the House of Commons and Lord's Select XI, giving you the chance to watch Tino Best bowl at 90mph against some of your (ahem) favourite politicians! Local favourite Matt Coles of Kent also joins the line up. In a change to the usual venue, this year's event is taking place at the Town Malling Ground, in West Malling, Kent. The match is part of the T20 Feast at Town Malling, with the host club also participating. Play will start at 11am. Entry is free, car parking is £5. Lashings: Kirk Edwards, Chris Schofield, Usman Afzaal, Sherwin Campbell, Chris Lewis, Tino Best, Martin Bicknell, John Emburey, Monty Panesar, Matt Coles, Alex Tudor, Devon Malcolm. Manager: David Smith Coach: Gordon Greenidge