Downend just fall short against the Lashings

Published on: 03 Aug 2013

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DOWNEND Cricket Club has welcomed the news the Lashings World Tour will return in 2014.

The Lashings tour brought a 25-strong squad packed with international stars, including Courtney Walsh and Andy Caddick, to Downend on July 18.

The squad had such a good time that already they have asked if they can return again next year.

Needless to say Downend CC has welcomed their offer with open arms.

The match marked what would have been the 165th birthday of WG Grace, the legendary cricketer who was born in Downend on July 18, 1848.

Around 1,500 cricket fans flocked to the historic WG Grace Memorial Ground to watch the team go head to head with the cricketing stars.

Each season the Lashings World Tour visits clubs across the country to promote cricket and support local clubs.

Entry was free but there were fundraising opportunities for the club throughout the day including hospitality and an auction with prizes including holidays to Barbados and a day out at Lord’s.

Man of the match was Downend CC’s Curtis Blakemore, who was presented with a signed hat.

Dollie Herapath, 1st XI scorer, said: “We lost but it was a really great game to watch.

“They hit 354 and we lost by 21 runs. One of our players, Bobby Naeem, was 99 not out and took 53 balls to get that. 

“There were about 1,500 people turn up throughout the day and the weather was really great.” Dollie, 18, urged anyone who missed out this year to make sure they come along and join in the fun at next year’s event.

“This is the third year the Lashings have visited Downend and they’ve asked to come back again next year which is an honour.

“It’s a brilliant day out – you get to watch a really good game of cricket and get to meet all the Lashings’ players. They have a laugh and a joke with you; they’re just really nice.

“Courtney Walsh stood out – he’s really nice and funny. He signed my score-book as well!”

Dates for next year’s tour are expected to be announced in the New Year.

Match report 

IT’S probably fair to say that it was a batsman’s wicket when the Lashings World Tour visited Downend on July 18 with nearly 700 runs coming in 60 overs as Lashings took on the hosts in a free-scoring encounter.

Ian Harvey’s 100 was the top score for the Lashings All-Stars but Mohammad Yousuf made 77 and there was 55 from Wasim Jaffer and an unbeaten 54 from Inzamam, plus 49 not out from Chris Schofield as Lashings posted a whopping 355-4.

That looked almost ungettable and when Downend slid to 113-5 a 200-run defeat loomed for the Bristolian side, but a 136-run stand between Naeem and Blakemore made it a serious contest again.

Blakemore eventually fell for 84 and Naeem came agonisingly close to a century.

Needing a six from the final ball he could “only” manage a four and ended on an unbeaten 99. Downend closed on 330-9, 25 runs short of Lashings’ total when at one stage a biblical margin of defeat had seemed likely.

Match report courtesy of www.lashings.co.uk

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