The Lashings Cricket Festival at Elsecar’s picturesque Armroyd Lane ground on Friday, August 16, promises to be an event not to be missed by any cricket lovers who have time available on that day. 
The Festival begins with the Yorkshire Walking Cricket Final at 12 p.m. between Barnsley and Doncaster. Walking Cricket was trialled earlier this year and has raised enthusiasm throughout the country. It is a game designed for older adults, this is the first ever Yorkshire final and so is a unique event. 
 
Simultaneously, at the other end of the age spectrum, a junior Under 9’s tournament will take place. This will feature teams from Elsecar, Thorncliffe, Rockingham and Upper Haugh. A big part of our game is watching children both develop their skills and enjoy the game at the same time. We hope you will come and support the next generation of potential stars. 
 
The main event begins at 3 p.m. and Elsecar will take on the might of a powerful Lashings International XI with former test players from across the cricket world. The game has an extra spice as on the previous visit to Armroyd Lane, Lashings experienced a rare defeat and are eager to avenge this with a team bristling with first-class skill and experience and with almost 120,000 runs between them at first class and international level. 
 
The team is skippered by former Surrey and England star Martin Bicknell, and includes Yorkshire and England all-rounder Craig White, Lancashire and England players Chris Schofield and Sajid Mahmood and aggressive former Surrsy and England all-rounder Chris Lewis. Usman Afzaal and Kabir Ali complete the English Test and County complement. Former Northamptonshire batsman/wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien is Ireland’s representative. Additionally, Pakistan are represented by Faisal Iqbal, with over 12,000 first class runs, and the vastly experienced Yasir Arafat. The inclusion of classy Bangladeshi batsman Mohammad Ashraful adds further strength and international representation to the Lashings team. Waiting in the wings in case any of these stars fail to make it are former England England paceman Devon Malcolm and powerful West Indian batsman Gordon Greenidge. 
 
Elsecar, holding their own in their first season in the ECB Yorkshire South Premier League will be led by skipper Saeed Anwar, the League’s leading run scorer, already with 700 runs to his name this season, and with 12,500 first-class runs in his career. The team will be supplemented with the addition of Conisbrough Sri Lankan player, Niguna Kariyawasam, and Whitley’s young Australian all-rounderJack Wood. 
 
Commentary on the match will be provided by the legendary Henry Blofeld, O.B.E., who was such an impressive success at the inaugural Lashings event. 
 
Admission to the event will be £5 for adults with children and concessions free. There will also be a bouncy castle, ice cream van and barbecue, and a brass band will accompany the Walking Cricket Final. 
 
The Lashings players will attend a special event and meal in a marquee, also commencing at 12 p.m, and there are a few tickets still available at £45 each for the three hour event. 
 
It is, for all cricket lovers who can make it, an event not to be missed ! 
 
For more information contact Jim Beachill on 07886 718719 or Andrew Ivill on 07901 686146 
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