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Lashings All Stars put on a show at Old Basing
A BUMPER crowd enjoyed a great day as the Lashings All Stars put on a show for the fans at Old Basing last Friday.
The Test stars were more than happy to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans young and old, as well as showing they could still play the game.
Earlier in the day they had taken part in a coaching session with the colts section and there was also a colts match before the big game.
Lashings decided to bat and, for once this summer, it was nice to see two Australian batsman in fine form as Ian Harvey and Aiden Blizzard set about hitting the ball to every corner of the ground, much to the delight of the crowd.
A six from Blizzard brought up the 50 in five overs, but having reached his half-century in 28 balls – which included three sixes and six fours – he edged a ball to the gloves of Paul Eckersley as man-of-the-match Joe Belcher struck.
Mohammad Yousaf hit a run a ball 24 before being trapped leg before by home skipper Dan Belcher.
Chris Schofield then rattled off a quick-fire 20, his innings being ended when Nasim Armin took a catch to give Angus Stronach a wicket.
Meanwhile, at the other end, Harvey continued on his way to a ton before he retired and walked off to good reception, his 73-ball innings including three maximums and nine fours.
It was left to Cephas Zhuwao and Nathan Phillimore to take the score to an impressive 273-3, with Darren Turner unlucky not to take a catch on the long on boundary late in the game.
The Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar, opened the bowling and the home batsman found it hard to get him away.
The first six of the innings came from Darren Turner off the bowling of Chris Schofield.
It was wily old spin bowler John Emburey, with six wickets, who stopped the Old Basing reply in its tracks.
The only batsman to survive was 19-year-old Joe Belcher, who went on to top score with an unbeaten 58, hitting four sixes and six fours.
Along with talisman Dave Smith, they added 59 for the final wicket.
Old Basing captain Joe Belcher said: “This has been a dream come true for the players and the Lashings players have been impeccable all day.”
Paul Eckersley, chair of the Lashings organising committee, said: “It was a truly memorable day in the history of Old Basing Cricket Club.
“We’ve put a huge amount of planning and effort into making this a success, and to see so many people from around our local area support us, and enjoy a great day out at the club, creates special memories.
He added: “Special thanks must go to the groundsman, Steve Richardson, who prepared The Rec to look as stunning as it did and showcased what a superb place to play cricket Old Basing is.
“We’d also like to thank all our generous sponsors, guests, volunteers and club members for their support. Without them the event would not have happened.”
Plans are now already under way for repeating the event in the future and if Friday was anything to go by it will be a great success.
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