top story: tickets going fast!

Just a handful of tickets remain for the showcase event of the season, when Lashings take on The Saxe Coburg Invitational XI at Chapel Gate, Christchurch this Friday (August 23.)

The World XI are taking on Saxe Coburg to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally’s (MCL) Brick by Brick appeal and an extremely limited number tickets and corporate tables are still available.

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier makes a special guest appearance, joining an all-star line-up that includes Andrew Caddick, Chris Lewis, John Emburey and Saj Mahmood.

Macmillan Caring Locally (which is separate from the national Macmillan charity), funds the Macmillan Unit, which was built in the grounds of Christchurch Hospital in 1974 and now supports more than 1,600 patients with life-limiting illnesses each year.

Lashings has pledged to raise upwards of £10k this year for the Brick by Brick appeal and director Dave Fitzgerald, explained his very personal motivation to help: “I became a supporter of MCL years ago after a colleague with cancer received exceptional end of life care at the unit." he said. “Since then I have known other people who have been cared for at the unit and I am incredibly proud that our events are able to help the charity’s outstanding work."

The day starts at noon with a three course lunch in the private marquee, including a fully licensed bar. Entertainment will be provided by the Lashings World XI team, followed by a competitive 20/20 cricket match between Lashings World XI and the Saxe Coburg Invitational.

For details of tickets and corporate packages email suzy@lashings.co.ukor phone: 07846 663323.

* The World XI's match with Elsecar on Friday sadly fell victim to the weather and for the first time this season, play had to be abandoned without a ball being bowled. We'd nonetheless like to thank Elsecar for being wonderful hosts and hope to play them again next season.

fawley FALL short

Despite a stirring fightback, spearheaded by Adam Freeman, Fawley fell just short of the Lashings World XI's total on Friday.

Lashings posted 150 from their 20 overs and after collapsing to 40-5 early in their reply, the Hampshire side seemed destined for a heavy defeat.

Freeman's 35 helped steady the hosts' innings and they were in with a chance until the penultimate over, when the final wicket fell with Fawley 12 runs short of the target.

A gallery of Christian Lawson's photos from the match can be found on our facebook page.

The World XI's next fixture is on Friday (August 16th) at Elsecar, with play due to start at 4pm.

rishton edge thriller!

Rishton beat the Lashings World XI with just one ball to spare on Friday, Adam Bracewell hitting the winning run during a tense final over.

Lashings had posted 129-6, with Kabir Ali hitting 49, including four sixes, but the Lancashire side stayed in contention throughout their innings and needed 10 to win off the final over.

With four balls remaining and seven needed Bracewell (50) hit Ryan Sidebottom (pictured, still smiling) for six and although the next ball was a dot, Rishton ran a single from the penultimate delivery to clinch a well-deserved win.

We'd like to congratulate Rishton on a brilliant performance and a terrific day all-round.

The World XI are back in action at Fawley on Friday, with play set to start at around 4pm.


red hot transfer news!

If you're joining us on our 2019 Tour of Jamaica, the great news is that all your transfers will be taken care of by local specialists Sun Holiday Travel & Tours.

Sun Holiday, a subsidiary of our sponsors Sea Garden, are transfer agents, specialising in airport pick-ups and tours of the spectacular scenery in northern Jamaica. Lashings' Peter Lampkin said: "We're delighted to confirm Sun Holiday's involvement in our Tour. Their first class service will provide peace of mind for our players, officials and fans alike."

The Tour starts on September 10th and the World XI will be based at the world-famous Sea Garden Beach Resort. They will take on three local sides at the Ultimate Cricket Ground, with the opposition to be confirmed. A squad of world-class players will fly to Jamaica to wear Lashings famous black and gold kit but we're also offering cricket fans the chance to fly with us on the tour and enjoy the opulence of the Sea Garden Beach Resort.

Even more excitingly, we have an extremely limited number of "star-for-the-tour" places for UK club players who'll get the chance to meet, change with and train alongside the World XI. The team will be coaching some of the island's local youngsters before each fixture and the inspirational Jamaican-born fast bowler Devon Malcolm will be donating cricket equipment. 

Lampkin said: "We're absolutely thrilled to be visiting Jamaica and especially to be staying with our friends at the Sea Garden Beach Resort. We're looking forward to the cricket and as always, our mission is to entertain." 

The week-long Tour, sponsored by our leadsponsors Sea Garden Beach Resort, Jamaica Tourist Board, and Intimate Caribbean Holidays, will take place between September 10 and 17th. If you are reading this in the UK and would like to join us and be part of the tour please contact peter@intimateholidays.com or events@lashings-worldxi.co.uk


top story: amersham team news

Courtney Walsh is back in the Lashings World XI line-up for today's trip to Amersham.

The West Indies legend joins an attack including "Big" Devon Malcolm, South Africa's Charl Willoughby and England's Saj Mahmood.

Play is set to start at around 4pm.

an evening with frank bruno

We will be bringing former WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World, Frank Bruno to our friends at AFC Totton on Thursday 24th October, in an event sponsored by EM Print Services Ltd.

Standard tickets cost £20.00, VIP tickets, including pre show meet and greet, and a pie meal are £45.00.

The evening includes an on-stage interview, an audience Q and A - covering both Frank's career and his opinion on Joshua, Wider, Fury and many more!
Tickets available from the club or online via:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-frank-bruno-mbe-tickets-65439650757?ref=estw

You can also email j.oakley@lashingsfc.co.uk for details.

There will also be a small auction and a raffle with donations to our charity partner Macmillan Caring Locally.

faisal on fire in fernhurst

Perhaps startled by the frankly unforgettable site of Henry Blofeld in shorts, Fernhurst lost to the Lashings World XI by 73 runs on Friday.

Under leaden skies, the World XI exploited a brief lull in the rain to post a mammoth 200-6, with Kabir Ali top scoring with 48 and Faisal Iqbal continuing his white-hot streak with a blistering 46, including 26 from just five balls.

Blowers, dressed in a yellow shirt, a cravat and what appeared to be a pair of red shorts, defied hayfever to offer his peerless commentary and both sides agreed to play on despite a second innings downpour that would have seen fainter-hearted sides scurrying to the pavilion.

Fernhurst batted gamely, but faced with an increasingly steep run rate that had climbed to 45 an over by the back end of the innings, they eventually closed on 127-5.

The World XI are back in action next Friday at Amersham.






Fernhurst team

The World XI are back in action today at Fernhurst, looking for the third win of the week after after beating Eversholt on Thursday and Hadleigh & Thundersley on Tuesday.

Devon Malcolm and Andrew Caddick spearhead the bowling attack, bolstered by Charl Willoughby and all-rounders Chris Lewis and Yasir Arafat, with John Emburey and Chris Schofield the spin options.

Play is set to start at 4pm.






weekend round-up

Lashings were narrow winners at Stony Stratford on Friday before having a mixed Sunday at Charterhouse School.

In a rain-affected first match that was reduced to 12 overs a side, Charterhouse won the first game with several balls to spare, but the World XI responded after lunch, to win the second match.

Batting first, Lashings posted 161-6, with the innings anchored by Faisal Iqbal, who made 71, while Saj Mahmood weighed in with a useful 37 down the order. With former Lashings star Owais Shah batting for the hosts at number three, the chase was expected to be tight, but some miserly opening bowling by Sir Curtly Ambrose and Devon Malcolm saw them fall behind the run rate and the World XI eventually won by 53 runs.


saq back in the attack

Saqlain Mushtaq, the doyen of the doosra, makes his first Lashings appearance for two years tomorrow (Friday July 5th) when we take on Stony Stratford CC.

The Pakistan legend joins a formidable bowling line-up that includes Sir Curtly Ambrose, Devon Malcolm, Charl Willoughby, Saj Mahmood, Chris Lewis, Martin Bicknell, John Emburey and Yasir Arafat!

If you fancy watching Stony Stratford's batsmen deal with them, the Twenty20 match is set to start at approximately 4pm.


three out of three for the world xi

Lashings made it three wins out of three this weekend, seeing off Burridge CC by 19 runs, in front of some very special guests, on Friday, before beating a dangerous Newton Linford by 43 runs on Sunday.

Batting first at Burridge and watched by West Indies legend Andy Roberts and the wonderful South African batsman Barry Richards, who both attended as guests of honour, the World XI made 175-2, after putting on 109 for the first wicket, although they did also lose Faisal Iqbal, who retired hurt after making 23.

Chris Schofield was the top scorer for Lashings, making 62 before he was bowled by Stancliffe. Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat made an unbeaten 41 and Niall O’Brien contributed 39 before he was caught by Collings-Wells off Barnet.

Burridge’s reply started briskly as they took 11 from Curtly Ambrose’s first over, but the momentum stalled when they lost Chowdhury, who was caught by Andrew Caddick off Charl Willougby for12 in the fifth.

Collings-Wells gave them a realistic hope of an upset before he fell for 30 from just 20 balls, bowled by Willoughby, while Blake was the real star, scoring 52 from 43 balls before he was run out by Caddick. Damle-Jones and Stancliffe (25 and 21 respectively) made a fight of it, but the run rate got away from Burridge and they lost by 19 runs.

Sunday’s match at Newtown Linford took place in idyllic conditions, marking the Leicestershire club’s centenary celebrations. Lashings batted first and made 204-6, despite losing openers Usman Afzaal and Faisal Iqbal cheaply. Afzaal went for a golden duck, caught by Birchall and bowled Armson while Iqbal made 18 before he was bowled by Woods.

Niall O’Brien and Yasir Arafat steadied the innings with 55 and 48 not out respectively, before Adam Hollioake, in his first appearance for a couple of years, hit 32 and Saj Mahmood made 36 not out. Newtown Linford made 161 in reply, the innings anchored by a brilliant 83 from Chapman, who retired, as did fellow half centurion Church, who made exactly 50.

Hollioake took two wickets as Lashings won by 43 runs, but if Church and Chapman hadn't stepped aside to allow their team mates a once-in-a-lifetime chance to bat against the legends, who knows what the result might have been?

On behalf of everyone at Lashings we’d like to thank everyone for a fabulous weekend! Our next match is at Stony Stratford on Friday, with play set to start at around 4pm.


team news: curtly is back!

Sir Curtly Ambrose will make his first appearance for Lashings in a decade when he joins up with the World XI for their fixture at Burridge Cricket Club on Friday (June 28th).

The West Indies legend links up with his one-time adversary Andrew Caddick, plus Saj Mahmood and Lashings skipper Martin Bicknell in a seriously impressive looking bowling attack.

Quite simply one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, Sir Curtly took 405 wickets in 98 test matches, plus another 225 in one-day internationals.

The Twenty20 match is set to start at approximately 4pm.


harry redknapp confirmed as special guest

Harry Redknapp will be the guest of honour at our end of season lunch at the Amba Hotel in Marble Arch on October 4th.

The former Tottenham and Portsmouth manager, I'm A Celebrity Winner and Doyen of the Jam Roly Poly will be attending the event alongside a number of legends from our cricket and football teams and tables are now on sale.

For table pricing and sponsorship packages call 07846 947397 or email events@lashings-worldxi.co.uk


hampshire legends reunite!

One of the greatest opening partnerships of all time will be reunited when Lashings take on Burridge CC on Friday June 28th, as Barry Richards joins up with Gordon Greenidge.

The South African legend will attend as a special guest of the Lashings World XI, linking up with his former Hampshire team mate and current Lashings coach, Greenidge and taking part in a Q&A before the match.

Described by the late, great John Arlott as "a batsman of staggering talent" Richards scored 28,358 runs at an average of 54.74 during his first-class career.

Tickets for the match can be bought from suzy@lashings-worldxi.co.uk

return of the saq!

Pakistan legend Saqlain Mustaq will return to the World XI for five games this summer.

The man who changed cricket forever when he invented the doosra will make his first appearance for Lashings since 2017 when we take on Stony Stratford CC on Friday July 5th.

Saqlain will then take on Charterhouse School, Burley in Wharfedale, Fawley and Headley.

Lashings Events Director Dave Fitzgerald:  "It's wonderful to have Saqqy back with us this summer. He is a hugely popular player, a absolute gentleman and we can't wait to see him in action again."


Schofield mastery fires Lashings win

The World XI made a blistering start to the 2019 season as they beat a Cricket Asylum XI by 46 runs at Elland Cricket Club on Friday.

Former skipper Chris Schofield (pictured), back in the harness in the absence of Martin Bicknell, made an aggressive and unbeaten 74, including 13 fours, before retiring as Lashings' top scorer.

His opening partner Usman Afzaal chipped in with 51 until he was caught by Altaf off Miskella for the only wicket of the innings. Pakistan duo Faisal Iqbal and Yasir Arafat, 35 not out and 25 not out respectively, steered the World XI to 204-1 after 20 overs.

Ryan Sidebottom struck early for Lashings during the Cricket Asylum reply, removing Wood for just 5, but his fellow opener Newman was unbeaten on 53 and Silkstone made 54 not out before both batsmen retired to allow their team mates the once-in-a-lifetime chance to face the World XI bowlers.

The run rate proved too steep in the end and Cricket Asylum eventually closed on a respectable 158-3. We'd like to thank everyone involved with Cricket Asylum for a wonderful day and Elland CC for being fabulous hosts!

The World XI's next match is at Burridge CC on June 28th.


The return of SIR CURTLY ambrose!

In a major coup for the Lashings World XI, West Indies superstar Sir Curtly Ambrose has agreed to rejoin the side for three matches during the 2019 season.

One of the most fearsome fast bowlers ever to set foot on a cricket field, Sir Curtly took 405 test wickets for the West Indies and claimed another 225 victims in one-day internationals, over the course of a 22-year career spent at the very highest level.

The Antiguan first played for Lashings a decade ago and will be back this summer to put the fear of God into the batsmen of Burridge, Stony Stratford and Charterhouse School.

Lashings Events Director Dave Fitzgerald said: “We’re thrilled Sir Curtly has agreed to rejoin us. He was the nemesis for an entire generation of batsmen, all over the world and now fans will get the chance to see him in the flesh, once again.”

Sir Curtly’s first fixture will be at Burridge in Hampshire on June28th. He’ll then face Stony Stratford, near MiltonKeynes, on Friday July 5th before taking on Martin Bicknell’s Charterhouse School side on Sunday July 7th.

The World XI's first game of the season is against a Cricket Asylum XI at Elland CC on Friday May 24th.

lashings "EDGED OUT" at POOLE TOWN

NON-LEAGUE LEGENDS 8 LASHINGS FC 3

A surreal ending at Poole Town on Sunday saw the Non-League Legends score an astonishing six times in the final ten minutes to turn the contest on its head, having trailed 3-2 at half-time.

The non-leaguers took an early lead, but Lashings equalised after 20 minutes when James Hayter's lob hit the cross bar and was headed in by Jimmy Glass. The home side made it 2-1 before ex-England midfielder Darren Anderton (left) scored twice in the space of five minutes just before half-time.

Lashings twice came close to extending their lead in the second half, only to be thwarted by two virtuoso saves from the fabled Wayne Shaw, once of Sutton United. Shaw's robust style of keeping proved critical as in the final ten minutes Lashings, shall we say, ran out of steam, while the non-leaguers, boosted by several reinforcements, scored half a dozen times against an exhausted defence.

To see a full selection of Christian Lawson's images from the match and the subsequent race night, visit our facebook page.

We're back in action this Friday at AFC Totton, kick off 7pm, with God himself, Matthew Le Tissier, making his Lashings debut!

kingfisher crown lashings beer deal

The Lashings World XI are delighted to announce Kingfisher will be one of our 2019 tour sponsors and that as a result your club will have the chance to win some fabulous prizes, courtesy of one of the world's most famous brewers. Kingfisher is the number one beer in India and they already sponsor six out of the IPL's eight teams, as well as Sussex, Middlesex and Cricket Scotland.

"We're thrilled to be joining forces with a company that has such a long and deep-rooted relationship with the game of cricket," said Lashings Events Director Dave Fitzgerald. "I'm sure many of you will have enjoyed a pint of Kingfisher at your local curry house and we're now offering you the chance to start selling draught Kingfisher in your clubhouse and generate some sponsorship."

Every club that signs up with Kingfisher will receive a Lashings World XI 2019 shirt, signed by our entire squad, for you to either have as a keepsake or to raffle or auction to raise funds.

"Kingfisher isn't a standard, mainstream lager," said Fitzgerald. "It's the ideal, exotic beer to drink while watching cricket and we're delighted to be teaming up with a company whose passion for the game matches our own."

If you would like an introduction into Kingfisher, with a view to listing their lager and go into a draw for some amazing prizes, please email Dave Fitzgerald here.

lashings' LEWIS SET TO TREAD THE BOARDS

CHRIS Lewis has more war stories than the average cricketer and the Lashings all-rounder will be telling them to audiences around the country this April, as he embarks on a theatre tour.

"The Long Walk Back" is the story of Chris's road to redemption after he endured what we can diplomatically call a "difficult" retirement, having been England's Cricketer of the Year in 1994. The show, produced by Roughhouse Theatre charts his recovery from the depths of despair and each performance will be followed by a Q&A session.

The Lashings World XI would like to wish Chris the very best of luck with this new challenge and we look forward to seeing him back in the famous black and gold colours this summer!

For the full list of dates and details of how to book tickets, click here.

SHARKS TO PROVIDE LASHINGS KITs FOR 2019 season

Lashings are delighted to announce that Sharks will be providing our kits for the 2019 season.

Director Peter Lampkin said: “We’re thrilled that Sharks will once again be making our famous black and gold uniforms. They have a track record for producing stylish and elegant cricket kit and we think the boys will look great in the 2019 vintage.”

Under the deal Sharks will provide kits for both the Lashings World XI and the new Lashings FC, whose first match is at Poole Town on Sunday April 28th.

To find out what Sharks can do for YOUR club, contact Ferhan on sharkscricket@icloud.com or visit the facebook page.


(Below) Lashings' Yasir Arafat modelling a black and gold kit provided by Sharks.



JAMES oakley unveiled as new lashings director

THE Lashings World XI are delighted to announce James Oakley will be joining us as Director of Lashings FC and as the Events Director of our "An Evening With" division.

Oakley will be taking charge of the new football section, promoting Lashings events and also liaising with the many sports clubs and organisations who hire us.

Events Director Dave Fitzgerald said: "Having worked together in corporate business as well as being a friend for many years, I am delighted James has decided to come aboard as an integral part of the Lashings family. James will be a key factor towards Lashings continuing to deliver excellence in everything we do."

"An Evening With ..." offers clubs the chance to hire authentic living legends such as Henry Blofeld, Frank Bruno, Phil Tufnell and Paul Merson for fundraising activities at their own venues. To find out more click here.

Lashings FC will be playing their first match of 2019 at Poole on Sunday April 28th, with a team including Paul Merson, Darren Anderton and Paul Walsh. We'll play you anywhere from your local rec to the San Siro - to find out how visit our football page (link) or email j.oakley@lashingsfc.co.uk

Lashings FC launches with legends match at poole

Lashings will be launching their brand new football team with a fundraising match at Poole Town FC, against a Non-league Legends XI, on Sunday 28th April (kick-off 3pm).

The Lashings FC line-up, managed by Guy Butters, will include former England internationals Paul Merson, Darren Anderton and Paul Walsh, as well as AFC Bournemouth legends James Hayter, John Bailey, Ian Cox, Russell Beardsmore and Warren Cummings.

The match will be followed by a Race Night at the Poole Centenary Hall (starting at 6pm), to raise funds for Poole Town FC and the Lashings Foundation.

The team will be playing a series of matches in 2019 and Lashings Director Scott Charlton explained the team’s philosophy. “This is a chance for us to assist non-league clubs and retired professionals,” he said. “Outside the Football League, in particular, clubs can find it very difficult just to survive and pay their bills. These events are a great way of raising revenue and at the same time helping the foundation support other worthy local sporting activities such as cricket, with coaching and mentoring.

”The newly-formed Lashings Foundation is an organisation dedicated to the twin aims of supporting grassroots sports clubs and their volunteers, while also helping sports stars cope with life after retirement. “A lot of players enjoy active and happy retirements,” said Scott.

“Most of our players play for the sheer love of it, but not everyone finds life easy when their careers come to an end. Some struggle with injuries that reduce their mobility, some just can’t replace the buzz they used to get from playing and others have mental health issues. Retired sports stars are especially at risk from depression and this is where we want to help, by giving them the chance to coach and mentor young players, while entertaining the parents who remember their glory days.”

If you’d like to bring Lashings FC to your club for a fund-raising match, contact James Oakley on 07789910885 or email j.oakley@lashingsfc.co.uk It’s easier and cheaper than you think and we’ll play you anywhere from the local rec to the San Siro.

BARMY WITH HARMY in barbados

Lashings World XI directors Dave Fitzgerald and Scott "The Voice" Charlton have been mixing with the great and the even greater during England's tour of the West Indies, hooking up with Darren Gough, Matt Prior, Steve Harmison (right) and the wonderful Tino Best over the past week.

Scott and Fitz have been hosting a series of events to celebrate the Barmy Army's 25th Anniversary. And with the actual cricket providing little joy for England, they were happy to provide some much needed cheer during the evenings!

For the latest photos from the tour, take look at our facebook page.

You can visit the Barmy Army's Official Website here.


LASHINGS world xi JOIN up with THE BARMY ARMY!

The Lashings World XI have combined with the famous Barmy Army to launch their Hall of Fame and deliver a series of events featuring the inductees, to celebrate the Army's 25th Anniversary.

Beginning in Barbados during the upcoming West Indies tour, legends of English cricket will be inducted into our Barmy Hall of Fame as a way of thanking them for the many years of joy they have brought The Barmy Army.

The Barmy Army and Lashings World XI will be collaborating on the Hall of Fame and various other event types, raising funds for Lords Taverners Wicketz Programme in the process.

The first inductee is all-time Barmy Army legend, Darren Gough, who took 229 Test wickets for England, including a famous hat-trick at the SCG in 1999.

Goughie was the most successful bowler during our first Ashes tour in 1994/95, so it seems appropriate that he is the first inductee to The Barmy Army Hall of Fame! The event will be held on 25th January 2019, Day 3 of the Test and will feature a chat show style interview with Goughie followed by audience Q and A.

Lashings Director David Fitzgerald said: “We're delighted to be announced as the Barmy Army's official events partner for 2019 and we’re particularly excited about the Hall of Fame concept. We're really looking forward to organising and hosting these events.”

It’s set to be a hectic 2019 for Lashings. In addition to playing an ever-increasing number of matches around the country, Fitzgerald and his fellow director Scott Charlton will also be hosting a series of “An Evening With” nights with a succession of sporting legends, plus a number of dinner functions.

The link-up with the Barmy Army is the result of months of discussions behind the scenes with Charlton, Fitzgerald and their co-director Peter Lampkin.“We’re all thrilled by the partnership and we’re looking to build on the success we had in raising money for good causes in 2018,” Fitzgerald said. “We’re looking forward to helping support the Lords Taverners Wicketz Programme in 2019, as well as other superb causes such as our official charity partner Macmillan Caring Locally.

Barmy Army Managing Director, Chris Millard, can’t wait for the programme to get underway. “We are extremely excited about the prospect of holding these VIP events with many of our cricketing heroes”.

You can visit the Barmy Army's Official Website here.


AN EVENING WITH: MERSOn IN PERSON!

The Lashings World XI, in association with "An Evening With", are delighted to bring Arsenal Legend, former England international and regular Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson to The Old Firestation in Bournemouth Town Centre.

This fun-packed evening will consist of a talk with Paul, including video footage, followed by a second half Q an A with the audience.

Tickets cost between £20 and £45, with proceeds being donated to the Macmillan Caring Locally Brick by Brick appeal.

Doors open at 7pm for VIP tickets and 7:30 for Standard tickets. The show starts at 8

Click here to buy tickets.

BICKNELL NAMED 2019 world xi skipper

TheLashings World XI are delighted to announce that Martin Bicknell will be back as our captain for the 2019 season.

The former Surrey and England fast bowler takes over on a permanent basis, having stepped in for much of the 2018 season to cover for Chris Schofield, whose appearances were limited due to other commitments.

Lashings manager David Smith said: “It was great working with Bickers through the 2018 season. He took up the mantle of captain and did a fantastic job. I’m pleased that he is carrying on in 2019 and thatwe can build on the success of the Lashings World XI.”

Bicknell added: “ I am delighted to once again captain the Lashings World XI in 2019 where we will travel the length and breadth of the country raising money for good causes and supporting schools and clubs with their fundraising and profiling. Playing against Lashings and their collection of internationals is often a once in a lifetime opportunity but made accessible for all. The Lashings players are great ambassadors for the game and always ensure they give time and effort to coaching and playing the game in the right way.”

Schofield remains a part of the squad and will play when available. For a full list of the World XI’s 2019 fixtures so far, click here. New dates are being added all the time. If you’d like to bring the World XI to your club, call Dave Fitzgerald on 07846 947397 or email events@lashings-worldxi.co.uk

WELCOME TO AMBASSADOR FITZGERALD!

Lashings Director David Fitzgerald has been named as an ambassador for the Macmillan Caring Locally Brick-by-Brick appeal.

David has been a committed supporter of MCL for over four years and has put on many fundraising events in aid of the appeal, including last year's pulsating fixture between Lashings and an MCL XI in Christchurch!

Watch this space for event announcements: we'll be announcing some exciting new Lashings ventures very soon indeed!

The Brilliant Niall is back for THE 2019 season!

THE brilliant Irish wicket-keeper batsman Niall O’Brien may have called time on his first-class career last week, but he’ll be back in action next season for the Lashings World XI.

Niall began his first-class career with Kent back in 2004 and spent several seasons with Northants, although he’s best remembered for his stellar performances for his native Ireland, as they emerged as a serious cricketing force during the last 15 years.

In all he scored 16371 first-class runs, took 492 catches and claimed 48 stumpings.

Lashings director Dave Fitzgerald said: “We’re delighted Niall’s committed to us for the 2019 season. He’s been an exceptional player for us for some years now and it’ll great to have him for the whole season.”

world xi multitaskers!

England stars Martin Bicknell and Chris Lewis were among the World XI players who swapped cricket for a spot of fly fishing and golf last week.

The annual fly-fishing day took place at Chalk Springs in Arundel and that was followed by a brilliant golf event at Liphook in Hampshire.

Our next event is An Evening With Phil Tufnell at East Grinstead Sports Club on Tuesday October 23rd.

Curtain falls with double success

Lashings won both games in the double-header with Mitcham on Sunday, bringing the curtain down on a hugely successful season, which saw the World XI defeated just once, against Letchworth.

After a narrow win in the first "T15" match, a Lashings side comprised of cricket legends and celebrities posted 140-5 in the second game.

Lashings ranks were bolstered by former footballers John Salako and Steve Gritt. Arsenal's Perry Groves was present, but unable to play due to injury. "I was playing for the Arsenal legends against Real Madrid at the Emirates," he explained. "I dived to give the crowd a laugh, but fell on the ball and bruised a rib."

Mitcham closed on 126-6, chasing a revised target of 142, after the game was reduced to 18 overs per side due to an injury on the boundary and fading light in South London.

We'd like to thank Mitcham for being fabulous hosts and indeed all the clubs we've played during 2018, for what's been a wonderfully entertaining year. See you next season!

Introducing ..."An evening with"

Hosting a sporting event just got a whole lot easier, thanks to Lashings and our partners: "An Evening With".

If you want to bring a living legend to your club for a fundraising evening, awards ceremony, sportsmen's dinner or presentation night we can offer you a host of packages, designed to take the stress out organising your event and allowing you to enjoy yourself as much your guests!

The "An Evening With" tour will be hitting the road this autumn.

The brain child of two of Lashings directors, David Fitzgerald and Scott Charlton, "An Evening With" bring a pioneering, modernising approach to the "sporting evening" experience.

Already experts in the traditional "sporting dinner" environment, Lashings can now offer in-house expertise for everything from informal nights in sports bars, to VIP gala events and black tie dinners.

We can tailor our packages for your venue, budget and audience. All shows include a Lashings MC, sound and visual production, as well as a fund-raising support team, (if your club needs one). 

David Fitzgerald says "Although the cricket summer is very much our core brand, we are excited to offer cricket and other sports clubs a diverse range of event types to suit their need and fund-raising aims. We have relationships with a number of sporting legends across cricket, football and other sports. We intend for Lashings to be supporting and delivering events all year round".

The first of these will be at "An Evening with Phil Tufnell" at East Grinstead Sport Club on Tuesday, 23rd October. For tickets or information please contact events@lashings-worldxi.co.uk or call 0208 660 6753 

Click here to book tickets.

Big Dev, coaching the Wisbech youngsters on Friday.

LAST OVER THRILLER AT WISBECH

A HEFTY crowd at Wisbech saw the most exciting finish to a Lashings match all-season as the World XI, just, managed to see off their hosts. With the memories of last week’s Duckworth-Lewis defeat to Letchworth still raw, Lashings batted first and posted a relatively low score of 152-6 from 20 overs.

Wasim Jaffer (77) scored just over half of Lashings’ runs, butthe next highest scorer was his fellow opener Chris Schofield, whomade 27 before he was bowled by Clark, who finished with superbfigures of 3-15.

From then on Lashings laboured, as both George Worker and Yasir Arafat fell cheaply before Harris added 21 crucial runs down the order. Wisbech reached 49 without loss before Albutt was stumped by Harris off Emburey, but with Bowers at the crease the home side always stood a chance. He hit a brilliant 63 from just 36 balls, only to the fall to the third ball of the final over, caught by George Worker off Charl Willoughby, with victory in sight.

The Lashings World XI would like to thank Wisbech for a superb match and we look forward to seeing you again next season!

WISBECH SQUAD DETAILS ANNOUNCED

SMARTING from their first defeat in over a year, the Lashings World XI have unveiled a strong line-up for this Friday's trip to Wisbech.

After losing to Letchworth via the Duckworth Lewis method, manager David Smith has bolstered his squad, bringing in Matt Coles, who returns for his first appearance of the season, as does former England wicket-keeper Warren Hegg.

Play is set to start at around 3.30pm, with the match being played in a Twenty20 format.

letchworth shatter unbeaten run

LASHINGS were beaten for the first time in over a year on Friday, losing to Letchworth Garden City on the Duckworth Lewis Method.

Batting first, Lashings made a challenging 174/4 off their 20 overs, with 50s for Usman Afzaal and Niall O'Brien and the wickets taken by Aitkenhead (2), Graham and Harris (1).

With the rain clouds hovering ominously Letchworth batted sensibly, staying ahead on the rate and reaching 50-1 when play was abandoned. (Man-of-the-match Sam Kendle is pictured post-match with Lashings skipper Martin Bicknell.)

On behalf of everyone at the World XI we'd like to congratulate LGC on a wonderful win - and we hope to avenge the defeat next season!

Letchworth squad Revealed

THE World XI heads to Letchworth Garden City this Friday (August 24th) for one of the showpiece events of the season.

Manager David Smith has assembled a strong side, with England pace bowler Saj Mahmood back in the team and the majesterial Wasim Jaffer spear-heading the batting order.

The venue is Whitehorn Lane,. Click here for directions.

LASHINGS launches football team: bring our legends to your club!

FAMED around the globe as The Harlem Globetrotters of cricket, the Lashings World XI are now launching a football team!

Lashings FC are looking to play clubs at any level. Our roster includes Manchester United legend Clayton Blackmore, Chelsea icon Frank Sinclair and the title-winning Leeds and Arsenal defender Chris Whyte.

Lashings will be skippered by the former Portsmouth and Brighton cult hero Guy Butters and will feature a host of star names. To find out more, email Dave Fitzgerald on events@lashings-worldxi.co.uk or call 07846 947397.

MACMILLAN SQUAD DETAILS

THE LASHINGS WORLD XI are back in action this Friday, to play a Macmillan Caring Locally XI.

Henry Blofeld may have retired from test duty but he'll be on hand to commentate on the Twenty20 action, which is due to start at around 4pm.

The venue is the Bournemouth Sports Club, Chapel Gate, Christchurch. Click here for directions.

FIDEL BACK FOR ESSEX TRIP

WEST Indies speed demon Fidel Edwards returns to the Lashings line-up for this Friday's trip to Coggeshall Cricket Club in Essex.

Fidel will join a bowling attack that includes Chris Lewis, Yasir Arafat, John Emburey and England's Saj Mahmood, who also returns to the squad.

The action is set to start at 4pm at Coggeshall, with the game being played to T20 rules.

THE wonder of Wasim (part 2)

WASIM Jaffer hit a magnificent, unbeaten 176 for Lashings at Hadleigh and Thundersley on Tuesday, as the World XI beat the hosts by 39 runs.

Jaffer has now made 293 runs in his past two innings for Lashings and his innings helped the World XI post a biblical 290-4, aided by a useful 40 down the order from Chris Lewis.

The hosts were always behind the run rate, but some lower order resistance saw them complete their 30 overs on 251-9, one of the highest scores against Lashings for several seasons.

The World XI are next in action on Friday 27th July at Coggeshall.

NEW! The wonder of wasim

Wasim Jaffer produced a magnificent unbeaten century yesterday (Friday) as Lashings beat Broxbourne by 45 runs.

The Indian maestro carried his bat, scoring 117 not out as he batted through Lashings 20 overs to help his side to a total of 169-2. The next highest score came from Usman Afzaal who made 21 - and later treated the crowd to an impression of the twinkle-toed Brazilian football genius, Neymar.

Broxbourne collapsed to 42-7 in reply, before some lower order resistance, led by man-of-the-match Flynn Gore (50 not out), saw them close on a respectable 124-9.

The World XI's next match is at Hadleigh & Thundersleigh in Essex on Tuesday, with the action set to start at around 4pm.

new! YASIR SHINES at odiham

Yasir Arafat was the star man for Lashings on Friday, as the World XI saw off Odiham & Greywell by 25 runs.

In heat more accustomed to his native Pakistan than a bucolic Hampshire village, Yasir anchored the Lashings innings with 80 runs, before acting skipper Martin Bicknell, injected some impetus down the order with a quickfire 29 not out.

Closing on 168-4, Lashings always looked favourites. Opening bowler Monty Panesar struck in his first over and the great Afzaal chipped in with a couple of bonus wickets, before some late hitting saw Odiham reach 143-5.

On behalf of everyone at Lashings we'd like to thank Odiham for a wonderful afternoon and we'll leave the final word to our commentator Henry Blofeld, who said: "I hope we can come back here ... before I'm dead!"

new! Lashings set for kent return

We are delighted to be returning to the wonderful and unique Roebucks Cricket Club in Bexley, Kent on Friday,10th August 2018 for a T20 fixture!

The match will be preceded by a hospitality marquee lunch, which will be packed with music and entertainment, and with all the Lashings players attending. We are currently taking table bookings for what is sure to be an excellent day. 

If you are looking for an opportunity to entertain clients, staff or indeed friends, please do get in touch.

Tables are priced at £600.00 for 10 people or Gold packages are £700.00 for 9 people plus a player to host.


For more information or to book your table, please contact Suzy at Lashings World XI on 07846 663323 or email suzy@lashings.co.uks

Southgate beaten by 70 runs

Lashings were comfortable winners at Southgate Adelaide on Friday, beating their hosts by 70 runs at the Walker Ground.

The World XI, as ever, won the toss and despite losing two early wickets posted a competitive total of 155-6.The bulk of the runs came from Atiq Us Zaman, with an aggressive 65 and Wasim Jaffer, who made 43.

In stifling humidity Southgate never really got near the asking rate and with Australian Big Bash star Chris Green finding form, they collapsed to 49-5 before at least recovering to bat out their overs, closing on 85-8.

West Indies superstar Andre Russell was present, although Visa issues prevented him from playing. On behalf of everyone at the World XI we'd like to thank our hosts Southgate Adelaide for a superb afternoon - and indeed for the trophy which stand-in skipper Martin Bicknell claimed after the match! The World XI's next match is at Odiham and Greywell on June 29th.