The international cricketers of the Lashings World Tour returned to Downend Cricket Club for the third year running on 18 July – the birthday of WG Grace. The legendary Downend-born cricketer was born on 18 July 1848 and the game marked what would have been the old boy’s 165th birthday.
The 25-strong Lashings squad is packed with international stars. Each season, they tour clubs across the country to promote cricket and support local organisations. Phil Defreitas, Richie Richardson, Devon Malcolm, Henry Olonga and Graeme Hick are some of the famous players who have visited Downend CC in previous years.
Downend narrowly lost the match by 25 runs. Lashings scored 335, whilst Downend made a total of 330. Top scorer for Downend CC was Bobby Naeem who hit 99, followed by Curtis Blakemore (man of the match) with 84 and Jonathan Southgate hitting 49. For the Lashings side, Ian Harvey scored a century, whilst Mohammud Yusaf hit 77 and Wasim Jaffer scored 55.
As well as a great match, guests enjoyed a champagne breakfast and a delicious three course luncheon in a luxury pavilion, followed by entertainment and an auction.
Cricket on a summer’s day, with great hospitality, convivial company and good weather – you get a feeling old W.G would have loved it.