Courtney Walsh could be headline star as Lashings visit Selsey

Courtney Walsh, centre, in his West Indies heyday
Courtney Walsh, centre, in his West Indies heyday

Some of the biggest names in world cricket will be coming to Selsey in June when the Lashings All-Stars roll into Paddock Lane.

Courtney Walsh, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Devon Malcolm and Mohammad Yousaf are due to be part of an all-star squad who will be taking on Selsey in a 30-over match.

It’s part of Selsey’s 180th anniversary celebrations and will act as a tribute match in memory of Sir Patrick Moore, who played for Selsey in his younger days and remained closely involved with the club.

Lashings chairman David Folb said: “We’ll be sending a top side to Selsey. We know their former player, Sir Patrick Moore, used to spend a lot of his time staring at stars in the night sky, but you won’t need a telescope to see stars in Selsey on June 8.

England Ashes hero Matthew Hoggard is a recent addition to the Lashings squad and recently-retired England spinner Graeme Swann has promised to play at least one game for the All-Stars in 2014, although the precise date of his appearance hasn’t been confirmed.

“What we can promise is that you’ll see a team packed with legends,” Folb said. “It’s a chance for cricket fans in Selsey to see their heroes in

the flesh. We’ll bring top-class cricket to Selsey.”

Lashings originally formed as a pub team in Maidstone in 1984 and were bowled out for 29 in their first game, but they improved rapidly and, after signing West Indian legend Richie Richardson in 1996, the club grew into the international all-star line-up who tour today.

Previous Lashings players include Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Mark Waugh and Sir Viv Richards.

Selsey’s Bob Hoare, who is organising the day, said: “It will celebrate our 180th birthday and also the opening of our Sir Patrick Moore exhibition - and will raise money for our new pavilion fund.

“Our current one was an old school hut and is constantly being repaired. The club have grown a lot in recent years and we now include teams for girls and ladies, for whom we have no adequate facilities.

“We have colts teams from under-nines up to under-16s, two West sussex Invitation League teams, a Sunday side and a midweek team. Although we hold many social functions there it needs to be suitable to serve the whole community.”