Lashings under new ownership following successful season

The internationally famous Lashings Cricket Club that counts Sachin Tendulkar, Viv Richards and Brian Lara among its former stars are under new ownership.

Scott Charlton and Dave Fitzgerald from Poole in Dorset have purchased the institution that tours the country playing fixtures against club teams.

This is the first full season under the new ownership and the team of first-class ringers have played more games than ever.

And organisers are bringing a squad of stars to play a Bournemouth XI on 23 August at Chapel Gate.

They are hoping that England’s nail-biting World Cup victory will have inspired youngsters to come and watch.

Amongst those presently on the Lashings team sheet are West Indies legend Gordon Greenidge, England’s former paceman Devon Malcolm and veteran off-spinner John Emburey.

Other famous faces from around the world will make up the team that always bats first and hardly ever loses.

Scott, a professional comedian and commentator, said: “I have been involved with Lashings for years. When the opportunity to buy it came up I had to be involved so my business partner Dave and I took it on. It has gone incredibly well and we also have a celebrity Lashings football team with co-director James Oakley. And we are soon launching a charity foundation to help those connected to sport who have fallen on hard times.

“The game at Bournemouth will be a great event with plenty of cricketing superstars and we hope England’s World Cup win will encourage some youngsters to come and watch.

“Often Henry Blofeld comes and commentates at our fixtures and we have a marquee for lunch and tea. Each table has an ex-pro at it and we also have auctions for charity. A Lashings game is tremendous fun and the former pros still stand out and it is easy to see why they reached the top of the game.”