2011 – Lashings World XI at Belhus Cricket Club

Saqlain Mushtaq lunches with corporate guests at the Belhus v Lashings World XI fixtureThe first of two visits to South Essex in 2011 by the Lashings World XI took place on 10th June when Belhus cricket club hosted the international stars of Lashings at the North Stifford Village Green, which is the club’s main ground.  Lunch was held for approximately 150 members and corporate guests (pictured right with Saqlain Mushtaq of Pakistan) in a marquee on the ground, while Henry Blofeld OBE hosted a “silent auction” which raised a four figure sum for St. Luke’s Hospice (Basildon & Thurrock).  Lashings World XI twelfth man Henry Olonga (ex Zimbabwe) showed his fine singing talents with the aria Nessun Dorma, then both captains, Ed Giddins (England and Lashings), together with Wayne Read of Belhus, introduced their respective players.

Despite bad weather in the morning and during the lunch period, the main playing area had been heavily protected.  As a result, the match started with just a thirty minute delay, but no shortening of the game was required and the match was played out to the full scheduled 35-overs per innings.  In a surprise move, esteemed BBC Test Match Special radio commentator Henry Blofeld set up his microphone to provide commentary on the game in his usual inimitable style.  It was estimated that 600 spectators had turned up and the scene was now set for the action to begin.Lashings World XI Logo

Match Report

Lashings World XI 256-6
Belhus Select XI 172-8

James Marshall (New Zealand) and Australia’s Ian Harvey got Lashings off to a fiery start by scoring 62 and 75 respectively in an opening partnership of 126. Marshall hit nine boundaries including one six, while Harvey hit nine fours and three huge sixes. The momentum was continued when Wasim Jaffer (India) hit 30.  West Indian Jimmy Adams was undefeated on 32, while Saqlain Mushtaq (Pakistan) scored 22.

Match action from the Belhus v Lashings World XI cricket matchThe Belhus team did well to contain their illustrious guests; none more so than Belhus man-of-the-match Paul Bennett. He took two catches in the outfield, one to dismiss Phil DeFreitas (England) off the bowling of Gavin Jefferies for just 12 runs, while Bennett also caught Mushtaq from the bowling of Billy Winter for 22. Bennett continued his great display by scoring 81 for Belhus, batting at number four. He was eventually caught by DeFreitas on the mid-wicket boundary off the bowling of Harvey having struck seven fours and five sixes from 67 deliveries. He received a standing ovation from the huge crowd and the whole of the Lashings team for his efforts.   Earlier, he completed his bowling by finishing with 3-45 from seven overs.  Also in double figures for Belhus in a spirited reply were opener Gavin Jefferies with 29, despite having to face the opening pair of Mohammed Akram (Pakistan) and England’s Devon Malcolm.  Nick Marns hit a patient 16, Winter finished unbeaten on 13 while Michael Fogg ended on 10 not out.

For Lashings, DeFreitas concluded his four-over bowling spell with 2-10 while Harvey went for 2-43, also from four overs, while John Emburey, Malcolm, Mushtaq and Jaffer took one wicket each.  Fred Taylor, Belhus Chairman said: “It was a super day enjoyed by everybody and I would like to thank our sponsors, corporate guests, officials, the Lashings team and support crew, not forgetting our own volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the day”.

Belhus Team Photograph

The Belhus Select XI which faced Lashings World XI on Friday 10th June 2011.
Back (left to right): Wayne Read (captain), Dale Kenyon, Paul Bennett, Scott Bayford, Gavin Jefferies, Stuart Morris.
Front (left to right): Michael Fogg, Nicholas Marns, Martin Guilbert, Billy Winter and Joe Joyce.

Event Video

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Scorecard

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Original Publicity Poster

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Acknowledgements:
Denis Reed (Belhus CC)
Fred Taylor (Belhus CC)
Lashings World XI
Michael Casey (www.YourThurrock.com)