Although it was the shortest tour in our history, it was none the less remarkable! It was fantastic to meet friends, old and new (with a special mention for Koda, a three-legged rescue Huskey dog from SA who stole my heart!)
Although the season was short we were treated to some outstanding cricket and some memorable occasions, including many from our opposition! A wonderful 96 off next to no balls that very nearly took Leeds and Broomfield to a memorable win and a fantastic all-round performance from Broxbourne that did! (what a day that was!)
Arriving at cricket grounds and seeing groups of youngsters in cricket gear preparing for a cricket coaching session with our boys fills my heart with joy.
The arrival of the One Hundred, has made it more apparent still, that cricket is reinventing itself. The youth coaches up and down the country continue to do some fantastic work encouraging and coaching them. It is a pleasure to support you. The game is safe in your hands. Thank you.
Here at Lashings World, we know how much hard work goes into a successful day and we have been blown away by the determination, dedication and sheer hard work that goes into organising a Lashings game, needless to say the pandemic did nothing to lighten the work load, to you, the unsung heroes who do so much behind the scenes, I salute you. Thank you just doesn’t seem enough.
Ultimately we were in the fortunate position to witness, first-hand, as the country finally began to emerge from its lockdown induced slumber, cautiously at first we excitedly greeted each other. It felt awkward initially, how do we do this?? do we elbow knock?? fist bump?? for a while it was even suggested we do a foot tap! But slowly we adjusted.
Promoting events that bring communities together has always been a goal for us, but this was different, for many of our guests this was their first day out in a very long time. People were nervous. It was wonderful to watch as whole communities gathered again and caught up with each other, the long-lost friends we had been forced to become. Cricket brings so much to life, this year more than ever.
Our day at the Ageas Bowl where we beat a Hampshire Legends side will live long in my memory, but there were so many highlights, too many to count, thank you.
So as the autumn gives way and the nights get darker and colder, we turn our attention to our winter calendar, existing Lashings 100 club members will already have our schedule, which includes a series of exclusive Zoom events and live events up and down the country with friends like Paul Merson an Matt Let Tissier, Frank Bruno, Phil Tuffnell, Kevin Keegan and Glen Hoddle all in the pipeline. I hope to see you at one of those events.
Until we meet again… stay safe everyone and winter well!