Showdown time in Essex


THE Lashings All-Stars football team will be taking part in a seven-a-side tournament at the Dukes Polo festival on Sunday. The event is part of a two-day festival at Hylands House on Chelmsford and we'll be playing in a series of games on day two.
With our usual manager Tony Cottee away the team will be managed by our skipper Perry Groves. The team will include Spurs and England legend Darren Anderton for his Lashings debut, Arsenal left back Nigel Winterburn, the former Ireland captain Matt Holland, Manchester United's Clayton Blackmore and Leeds' title winning centre back Chris Whyte, plus Jimmy Carter (Arsenal, Liverpool and Millwall) and Arsenal's David Hillier.
Action is expected to get underway at around 3pm. For more information visit www.dukespolo.com 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
Saqlain, visibly quaking at the prospect of meeting Brentwood this Friday

Anderton to make Lashings debut

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

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