Lashings Player Profiles 2019

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’ manager.

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.
Martin Bicknell (Captain)
Bickers has been a stalwart of the Lashings set-up for nearly as long as he was 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. 
sir curtly ambrose
“Curtly talk to no man” was the mantra during his playing days. Now he’s reinvented himself as a television pundit, dancer, musician but let’s not forget that he was, frankly, one of the greatest fast bowlers ever to have played the game, terrifying and thrilling fans in almost equal measure during his 90s pomp.
Andrew Caddick
Lean, mean, beanpole bowler from Somerset capable of producing spells of fearsome aggression. And that was just when he was fighting Darren Gough for the choice of ends. Took 234 wickets for England during an 11-season international career and, like Hollioake, helped England’s late 90s revival.
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.”
Faisal iqbal
Swaggering and courageous Pakistan batsman with an average of 39.64 in first class cricket and is best remembered for his 139 against India in Karachi back in 2016. His previous clubs include Sylhet Royals and the Karachi Whites. Nephew of the great Javed Miandad.
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. 
john emburey 
The most famous son of Peckham not to possess the surname “Trotter”, Embers took 1608 wickets during a first-class career that spanned two decades. Even now, at an age when he qualifies to travel for free on the buses Henry Blofeld so lovingly describes on TMS, Embers is still an inspirational spinner and a proven match-winner for the World XI, capable of ripping through an opposition batting line-up.
saj mahmood
Plucked from the Bolton Leagues, Saj was stacking shelves in his local supermarket before he was given a chance by Lancashire. He went on to represent his country a total of 38 times across all formats. Also played for Essex and Western Australia.
KABIR ALI
Former male model, nicknamed Taxi (get it?), Kabir played for Lancashire, Hampshire and Worcestershire during an injury-affected career that nonetheless included an appearances for the England test side against South Africa in 2003 and 14 selections for the ODI team.
yasir arafat
Part of the spine of the World XI team, Yasir is a genial limited-over specialist from Pakistan who was just 17 when he earned his international call-up. We’re unable to list all of the teams he’s played for due to a lack of space, but wherever he goes he leaves a trail of goodwill and success. Has been a key performer for Lashings in the past few seasons.
adam hoLlioake
IT’S possibly not that surprising that Adam Hollioake became a Mixed Martial Art fighter after retiring as a cricketer, given that his approach to the gentlemen’s game was once politely described as “combative.”England’s first-ever specialist one-day captain, he skippered the national team to victory in the 1997 Sharjah tournament and was at the helm for Surrey during a highly successful era at the Oval. Made 9376 runs during his first-class career and claimed 352 wickets.
dean headley
"DEANO!" went the cry at Kent and England when Dean Headley came in to
bowl, which may have lacked originality but reflected the fact that
here was a bowler who gave you a fighting chance, no matter how dire
the situation looked.
A terrific, gutsy bowler who absolutely loved every second he played the game.
Just don't ask him about the time the time he ran Michael Slater out
and the video umpire refused to lift his finger: "Slats wasn't even in
the frame!" he'll say, the incident as raw as ever.
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.
courtney walsh
ALSO known as “Mr 519” Courtney is simply one of the greatest practitioners of fast bowling the game has ever seen. For nearly 20 years he was responsible for the popularity of imodium among opposition batsmen and he had a similar affect on the credulous young reporter at a Lashings match, who was once duped into believing he’d written something that had incensed the great Jamaican. Courtney strung the poor boy along for five minutes before admitting it was a set up and he was “joking”. The reporter “saw the funny side” and nearly capsized with relief.
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. Part of England's World Cup winning coaching staff.