Lashings of fun as All Stars shine at Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 11:31 29 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:31 29 July 2016

Members of the Lashings All Stars face the camera with local youngsters at Hornchurch

Members of the Lashings All Stars face the camera with local youngsters at Hornchurch


Crowd treated to some entertaining T20 action

Lashings All Stars held coaching sessions for local youngsters before their match against HornchurchLashings All Stars held coaching sessions for local youngsters before their match against Hornchurch

Unbeaten centuries from Kirk Edwards and Wasim Jaffer, before a fiery three-wicket haul from Tino Best, set the Lashings All Stars up for victory over Hornchurch at Harrow Lodge Park.

Billy Gordon replied with a half-century for the hosts, while Chris Sains and Marc Whitlock provided entertaining cameos with the bat, but Lashings were good value for their comfortable 80-run success in front of a sizeable crowd.

Hornchurch have played close to 9,000 matches since their formation in 1783, but none against a visiting XI boasting a combined total of over 5,500 matches, 150,000 runs and 7,000 wickets in the professional game.

Having provided coaching for groups of local youngsters and joined spectators for lunch, Lashings captain Chris Schofield chose to bat after winning the toss.

Hornchurch took on the Lashings All Stars in a special 20-over match at Harrow Lodge ParkHornchurch took on the Lashings All Stars in a special 20-over match at Harrow Lodge Park

And, after a heavy shower forced the covers to come on just prior to the start of play, Gordon bowled an opening maiden to West Indian Edwards and finished with commendable figures of 4-1-16-0.

The All Stars openers were soon peppering the boundary with regularity, though, and the 100-run partnership came from 66 balls, with Edwards reaching his half-century off 31 deliveries with a six off Whitlock.

India’s Jaffer took five more balls to reach the landmark and just cleared Myles Wells at long-on, after Edwards had smashed Chamikara Mudalige into the road.

Edwards had a let-off when dropped by Jamie Sorrell at mid-on, off the bowling of captain Roy Smith, as Lashings ended the 15th over on 155-0.

Hornchurch face the camera before their clash with Lashings All StarsHornchurch face the camera before their clash with Lashings All Stars

And Richard Burd put down a difficult one-handed chance at long-off to reprieve Jaffer, with Smith again left cursing.

Smith was despatched into the passing traffic by Edwards, who also hit Whitlock for his sixth six to bring up the 200 and then reached his century off 51 balls with his 12th four.

Jaffer reached three figures from 60 deliveries, before Edwards hit Mudalige for two more huge sixes and retired out on 114 at the end of the penultimate over to end a 233-run partnership.

Whitlock bowled Lashings guest Chris Hearn, who had won a bid to represent the team at an earlier fixture, for a single, but then saw Clinton Perren hit the last ball of the innings, which had been beautifully described by the enigmatic Henry Blofeld of Test Match Special, over the rope to make it 242-2.

The interval then saw Hornchurch’s Lowell Mason bowl an over to his hero, the West Indian legend Gordon Greenidge, and Essex Disability duo Bradley Donovan and Ronnie Jackson also send down six deliveries apiece.

And Romford & Gidea Park Rugby Club’s Jeff Wood also tested himself against the great opening batsman, with the prop producing a surprisingly good line and length!

The home side’s reply began with Paul Murray looping Best’s first-ball bouncer to square leg, with Gordon then hit on the helmet before digging out another rapid delivery and seeing it find the mid-wicket boundary.

Gordon hit Devon Malcolm over cover for four, then played a back foot drive through extra cover for another boundary, which was described by Adam Hollioake as “as good as any shot today”.

Sorrell punched Best away for four, but was then bowled, and Michael Bones was run out by a superb direct hit from Edwards, before Smith hit Best (3-25) for a pair of boundaries and then fell to leave his side 31-4 from five overs.

Sains began his attack by hitting Malcolm down the ground for four, then steered Yasir Arafat through point and edged his next ball for successive boundaries, before smacking a six over long-on.

And Chris Lewis also came in for some punishment, as Sains hit a four over mid-on and another straight six, then drove Arafat for another boundary before being run out by Schofield for 34 off just 19 balls.

That left Hornchurch 74-5 at the midway point of their reply, but Rashidi Boucher cut Lewis for four and then lofted the former England all-rounder over mid-wicket for six before succumbing to Schofield’s leg-spin.

George Clark fell to Perren’s first ball, but Whitlock – one of many to be ‘sledged’ over the airwaves by Blofeld during the Lashings innings – then joined Gordon in an entertaining half-century stand.

Whitlock hit Perren over cow corner for his first six, then sent another over long-on and also clumped fours over mid-wicket and long-on, before surviving a stumping chance off Hearn.

Gordon hit Edwards and Hearn over cover for fours to reach his fifty off 49 balls, then fell to a penultimate-ball stumping, as Hornchurch closed on 162-8.

But a loss for the home side was academic, as supporters went home treasuring some great memories and thousands of pounds were raised for charity.

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