Lashings bring a World X1 to Wisbech - and the hosts respond with a marvellous and impressive display

PUBLISHED: 13:09 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:09 04 September 2018

Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

Ian Carter

The massive fund raising machine that is Lashings arrived in Wisbech for a brilliant afternoon’s cricket with a World XI facing their Fenland hosts.

James Williams - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterJames Williams - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

What started from modest beginnings in 1984, has become an international phenomena and Lashings players have included some of the greatest names the sport has produced.

A hefty crowd at Wisbech saw the most exciting finish to a Lashings match all-season as the World XI, just, managed to see off their hosts.

With the memories of the previous week’s Duckworth-Lewis defeat to Letchworth still raw, Lashings batted first and posted a relatively low score of 152-6 from 20 overs.

Wasim Jaffer (77) scored just over half of Lashings’ runs, but the next highest scorer was his fellow opener Chris Schofield, who made 27 before he was bowled by Clark, who finished with superb figures of 3-15.

Wasim Jaffer - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterWasim Jaffer - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

From then on Lashings laboured, as both George Worker and Yasir Arafat fell cheaply before Harris added 21 crucial runs down the order.

Wisbech reached 49 without loss before Albutt was stumped by Harris off Emburey, but with Bowers at the crease the home side always stood a chance.

He hit a brilliant 63 from just 36 balls, only to fall to the third ball of the final over, caught by George Worker off Willoughby, with victory in sight.

The Lashings World XI said they would like to thank Wisbech for a “superb match and we look forward to seeing you again next season”.

Josh Bowers - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterJosh Bowers - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

The event was staged to raise funds for a new Crockey pavilion for Wisbech Town Cricket and Hockey Club.

John Embury - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterJohn Embury - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterWisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

Chris Lewis - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterChris Lewis - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

Chris Schfold being bowled by Chris Clark - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterChris Schfold being bowled by Chris Clark - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

Wasim Jaffer - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterWasim Jaffer - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

Chris Lewis and Henry Blofeld - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterChris Lewis and Henry Blofeld - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

Henry Blofeld - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterHenry Blofeld - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterWisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

John Embury - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterJohn Embury - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

Devon Malcolm - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterDevon Malcolm - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterWisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

Martin Bicknell - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterMartin Bicknell - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

Chris Lewis - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterChris Lewis - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterWisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterWisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

Chris Schofield - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian CarterChris Schofield - Wisbech Cricket Club v Lashings. Picture: Ian Carter

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