Lashings of fun as talented Letchworth CC beat World XI

PUBLISHED: 08:39 01 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:39 01 September 2018

The Letchworth team to face the Lashings World XI at Letchworth Cricket Club. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Letchworth team to face the Lashings World XI at Letchworth Cricket Club. Picture: DANNY LOO

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It may have been a challenging summer for Letchworth Cricket Club but their talented team inflicted Lashings World XI’s first defeat in more than a year in a rain affected match on Friday at Whitehorn Lane.

It may have been a challenging summer for Letchworth Cricket Club but their talented team inflicted Lashings World XI’s first defeat in more than a year in a rain affected match on Friday at Whitehorn Lane.

In a convivial atmosphere aided by the company of top former cricketers the home side defeated Lashings World XI on the Duckworth Lewis Method.

Batting first, Lashings made 174-4 off their 20 overs, with half centuries for Usman Afzaal – who made a 50 in an Ashes Test against the Australians at the Oval in 2001 – and Ireland’s Niall O’Brien, who played in Ireland’s first ever Test match against Pakistan in May.

The wickets were claimed by Letchworth’s Aitkenhead (2), Graham and Harris.

And then with rain clouds hovering above, Letchworth batted sensibly, staying ahead on the run rate and were 50-1 when play was abandoned to win the match in front of a good crowd.

Speaking to CometSport, Letchworth CC president Mark Bianchi said: “It’s the sixth time we’ve hosted Lashings and it’s as good as ever.

“We‘ve long had a good relationship with Lashings over the years and they seem to enjoy coming here. Our club benefits and the charities benefit, so it’s a win-win situation.”

Despite a tricky summer for the home side the well-respected Bianchi is already looking forward to next summer with Letchowrth’s talented youngsters sure to shine with an extra year’s experience.

He added: “Tom Simmons our captain said nine of the side playing against Lashings are former colts.

“They’re young but we will benefit as they’re good players who will mature with more experience. Playing against Lashings will help their development.”

The match also featured former England Test and ODI star Chris Lewis, who spoke candidly to CometSport about his past.

The charismatic former Leicestershire bowler has written a book on his life called ‘Crazy: My Road to Redemption’.

The popular Guyana-born cricketer also took time out to hail Letchworth saying: “I’ve played here before. It’s a nice club with good people and I always enjoy coming back with Lashings.”

The legendary former West Indies opening batsman Gordon Greenidge added: “It’s my third time here and it’s very enjoyable.”

Read CometSport online for more from Lashings’ star Chris Lewis.

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