‘Special moment’: Former international cricket stars take part in Fernhurst fundraiser
There was lashings of rain but lashings of fun, too, as a team of cricketing all stars arrived in Fernhurst.
The Lashings XI of former internationals accepted an invitation as part of Fernhurst Cricket Club’s main fundraiser for the Pavilion 2022 campaign. Captained by Martin Bicknell, the team included John Emburey, Devon Malcolm, Usman Afzaal, Yasir Arafat, Chris Lewis, Andy Caddick, Saj Mahmood and Niall O’Brien. They started with a full coaching session, which the juniors are sure to remember for a lifetime. The splendid (and waterproof) marquee then hosted a fantastic lunch and auction. The monsoon eventually passed and the T20 game against Fernhurst got underway with commentary provided by TMS legend Henry Blofeld. Lashings won but FCC bowler Bruce Baxendale was named Man of the Match. Organiser Jon Meier said: “It was all a bit touch and go for the game but the Lashings guys were great and said, ‘Let’s get out there’. Fernhurst competed really well and just to see them with all those stars was a special moment. I think it’s incredible for the club, it’s really put us on the map. There is talk of doing it again in a couple of years and I’ve taken one table booking already.”