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.