Lashings Player Profiles 2018

David Smith (Manager)
A man who exudes the kind of natural authority that it’s easy to exude when you’re six foot six tall, the man imaginatively
nicknamed “Smithy” is entering his third season as Lashings’

A pioneering one-day batsman whose elegance belied his sheer physical size, David played for England, Surrey, Worcestershire and Sussex, before retiring to pursue a career in the world of business.

Occasionally plays in goal for the Lashings football team.
Chris Schofield (Captain)

The stalwart captain of the Lashings World XI enters his third season in charge of on-field affairs. 

Having earned his international call-up as an (exceptionally) rare English leg-spinner, Schoey has evolved into a brilliant batsmen for the World XI, capable of opening the batting and of shoring up the lower order.

Saqlain Mushtaq

The Doyen of the Doosra, an authentic, living legend and one of the few men of whom it can be said that he transferred modern day cricket as we know it by inventing a delivery that will be used decades, if not centuries from now. Back with the World XI for the 2018 season when his coaching commitments for the ECB allow.

Tino Best
The window-endangering legend himself, the demon bowler of the West Indies who one minute speaks in an almost indecipherable patois and the next minute switches effortlessly into an eerily accurate impression of Henry Blofeld: “my dear old thing…”Tino will turn 37 this summer but it hasn’t diminished his ability to bowl the kind of 90mph delivery that leaves batsmen wishing they’d taken up croquet instead.

Nick Compton 
Former England test opener, with a textbook style and three nicknames, two of which, “Compo” and “Ledge” are significantly easier to make sense of than the other one: “Cheser” anyone? Blonde-hair, blue eyes and will always have the option to pursue a career as an Aaron Paul lookalike when he eventually retires.

Chris Lewis 
All-rounder who was the rising star of English cricket during the 1990s and starred in England’s run to the 1992 World Cup final. Chris had a, shall we say, interesting post-script to his career, but is back with Lashings and has recently authored the book:“Crazy: My Road to Redemption.”

Abdul Razzaq
Abdul enjoyed a 12-year career with Pakistan and was instrumental in their fabled T20 World Cup win in 2009, taking 3-20 in the final with Sri Lanka at Lord’s.All-rounder who has also appeared for Leicestershire, Middlesex, Worcestershire and Surrey.

Yasir Arafat
The brilliant limited-over specialist from Pakistan has been one of cricket’s most prolific guns-for-hire during the Twenty20 era.Just 17 when he earned his international call-up, Yasir played for his country as recently as 2012 and has appeared for too many first class sides to list. Lapsed Kent supporters (such as the editor) fondly remember his role in the 2007 T20 final, the last time the county won anything.

Vaspert Drakes 
Barbadan all-rounder who lit up the English county circuit for several seasonsbefore finally achieving international recognition at the age of 33 in the year 2002.Having honed his skills in the Lashings school of excellence during the 2000s, he was recalled to the international team and helped West Indies overhaul a world record target of 418against Australia in Antigua.  

Usman Afzaal 
Nicknamed Trevor for reasons probably something to do with the ancient dressingroom codes governing “banter”, Usman was born in Pakistan but went on to play for England, Nottinghamshire, Northants and Surrey. More recently he opened the “Slumdog” restaurant opposite his old manor, Trent Bridge. 

Wasim Jaffer
One of Lashings’ longest-serving players, Wasim is, as his name suggests, absolutely unplayable when he’s in the mood – and he frequently is. Having made a triple century in only his second first-class match, the Indian has five test centuries and two double centuries to his name.  

George Worker
Kiwi all-rounder who made his international debut during the Black Caps’ tour of South Africa in 2015, scoring an unbeaten 20 to help steer his side home by eight wickets in the second ODI. George has also played for Scotland, Canterbury and Central Districts.

Jack Richards
Wicket-keeper batsman who spent his entire domestic career with Surrey and who waspart of Mike Gatting’s triumphant Ashes-winning tour party in 1986-87, scoring 133 during the second test against Australia in Perth.

Cephas Zhuwao 
Zimbabwean batsman hailing from High View in Harare, Cephas made his fistappearance for the national team in 2008 and after a spell in the wilderness was recalled for their World Cup qualifying campaign earlier this year. A big-hitting left-hander who can also produce decent leg-spin when needed. 

Niall O Brien 
Cricketing royalty in his native Ireland, Niall has been a key part of his nation’s recent success. Emerged as a wicket-keeper bastman in 2004 as an understudy to Geraint Jones at Kent, he quickly established himself as a high-class wicket-keeper batsman, both with his national team and Northamptonshire.

Martin Bicknell 
Bickers has been a stalwart of the Lashings set-up for nearly as long as hewas a stalwart for Surrey, and that’s saying something. His first-class career lasted for 20 years, during which he took over a thousand wickets, including two spells for England, ten years apart. Despite the fact that he’s been playing for Lashings for what seems like an eternity, Henry Blofeld still calls him Darren at regular intervals. 

Charl Willoughby 
A frighteningly quick South African pace bowler who probably should have been nicknamed “The Surgeon” for his ability to extract life from the deadest of county pitches during a first-class career that spanned 18 seasons and saw him play for Somerset, Essex,Leicestershire and – on five – occasions – for his national team. 

Kirk Edwards 
The team’s engine room, a big-hitting Barbadan capable of giving the Lashings innings an injection whenever if ever it starts to sag. Scored a century on his test debut against India but was dropped by Barbados for (and we quote) “Refusing to sign for thearrival of match kits”. Currently playing for the Windward Islands. 

Devon Malcolm
A man once described by Nelson Mandela himself as the “Destroyer of Worlds”, Devon was arguably the fastest English bowler of his generation, so fast in fact that he managed to confuse the chairman of selectors, Ted Dexter, into calling him Malcolm Devon. Revered by fans of a certain age for taking 9-47 against South Africa at The Oval, after Fanie De Villiers had hit him on the helmet. “You guys are history,” he replied. And they were.

John Emburey
Still, even in his his sixties, capable of landing an off-break in exactly the last place a batsman  wants it to land, Embers may no longer be able to tear around a field with the greyhound-like enthusiasm of yore, but he can single-handedly win matches for the World XI. One of England’s greatest ever spinners and also a reassuring sight in the lower order, where he played Shane Warne as well as almost any other batsman.

Monty Panesar
The iconic spin-bowler during English cricket’s revival in the 2000s, Monty was almost as famous for his, shall we say, unconventional fielding style as he was for his mastery of the “slow” bowler’s craft. Somehow managed to enhance his reputation during the 2006-7
Ashes debacle and played a heroic role in the last wicket stand with James Anderson that saved the first test against Australia back in 2009. 

Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Once described, by the late Peter Roebuck, as “harder to shift than red wine,” Shivnarine was one of the most obdurate batsmen of his era – the man who would anchor an innings while Brian Lara provided the pyrotechnics at the other end. With his distinctive, almost crab-like style he averaged a phenomenal 51.37 in test matches – higher than all-time greats like Gordon Greenidge, Alvin Kallicharan, Clive Lloyd and even Viv Richards.