The Lashings Tour returned to Downend Cricket Club for the fourth year running on 6 June. The postage stamp-size pitch resonates with history and is inexorably linked with the Downend-born legend, WG Grace.
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.
This year, the day was graced by Gordon Greenidge, Herschelle Gibbs, Matthew Hoggard and the doyen of the doosra, Saqlain Mushtaq
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 the feeling old WG would have loved it.