Wisbech CC almost beat Lashings World XI in fundraiser for pavilion Crockey project
Wisbech Town CC almost inflicted only the Lashings World XI’s second defeat in more than a year on Friday in a superb last-over finish to a sun-drenched fundraiser.
A big crowd at Harecroft Road saw the ‘Harlem Globetrotters of cricket’ plus commentating legend Henry Blofeld grace the field in aid of a new pavilion Crockey project for Wisbech Town Cricket and Hockey Club.
Devon Malcolm – who took 9-57, the best by an English fast bowler in the 20th century – and other former internationals held popular coaching clinics for children during the fun day.
Lashings batted first in a Twenty20 format game and posted a relatively low score of 152-6 from 20 overs.
Indian Test batsman Wasim Jaffer scored 77 and the next highest scorer was his fellow opener Chris Schofield, who made 27 before he was bowled by Chris Clark, who finished with superb figures of 3-15.
George Worker and Yasir Arafat fell cheaply before Harris added 21 crucial runs down the order.
Wisbech reached 49 without loss before Sam Albutt (19) was stumped by Harris off ex-England off-spinner John Emburey.
But Josh Bowers hit a brilliant 63 from just 36 balls, only to the fall to the third ball of the final over, caught by Worker off Charl Willoughby, with victory in sight.
However despite the best efforts of Danny Haynes (not out 12), the hosts fell four runs short. Wisbech Town captain Gary Freear earlier hit 30.
Lashings said: “The Lashings World XI would like to thank Wisbech for a superb match and we look forward to seeing you again next season!”