Wednesday 16 May 2007 

125 Celebrations Start With Lashings

The first celebration event for Warwickshire’s 125th anniversary will bring all the atmosphere of the Caribbean to Edgbaston on Thursday 7th June when the famous Lashings XI turn up in town. This celebration event will bring past masters of the game back to Edgbaston which has been steeped in cricketing history since its inception in1882.

Lashings, renowned for their host of International Superstars, tour the country throughout the summer challenging cricket clubs who fancy their chances of competing against some of the best ever characters of World Cricket.

This year’s Lashings batting line up includes power hitting, World Cup semi- finalist, Sanath Jayasuriya, West Indies legend Richie Richardson and Australia’s flamboyant Gregg Blewett. The men tasked with picking up the wickets include fiery South African Nantie Hayward, ex Zimbabwean turned Opera singer Henry Olonga and England’s favourite ‘Daffy’ DeFreitas.

A Birmingham Invitational XI will take the park against Lashings in the 35 over fixture which will start at 2.30p.m. The team will be selected from players from the Birmingham League with a few recognisable Warwickshire Bears supporting their Club counterparts. The Birmingham XI will not want to be undone by the might of the Lashings squad so the game promises to be tightly fought affair with pride at stake for both sides.

Nick Archer, General Manager of the Birmingham League, “The lads I have mentioned this to are all very excited about the opportunity. It’s not often you get the chance to play on the hallowed turf of Edgbaston, let alone against some of the heroes of the game.”

Alvin Kallicharran, former Bears player and now involved with Lashings, is looking forward to coming back to Edgbaston, “I have fond memories of my time at Edgbaston and I know that our squad enjoy competing at the country grounds and I’m certain many of our players have had great experiences at this magnificent test ground. Having been part of the Club’s history I am delighted to be back in this celebration year.”

The bars will be serving summer cocktails to keep with the Caribbean theme and selected drinks will be just £1 each. Hospitality packages are also available for this fixture priced at £99 per head and guests will be treated to a visit from one of the Lashings XI during the interval.

So if you’ve missed out on tickets for the 2007 international fixtures at Edgbaston this summer, take the opportunity come down and take in the carnival atmosphere. Tickets priced at £15 for adults and £7.50 for kids will be on sale from the Edgbaston Ticket Office and also will be available online.