Cheddar get ready to play Lashings World XI

PUBLISHED: 12:22 16 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:17 24 May 2010

Cheddar Cricket Club's preparation for the visit of Lashings World XI on Sunday 19th August at Sharpham Road, Cheddar, is gathering pace

Cheddar Cricket Club's preparation for the visit of Lashings World XI on Sunday 19th August at Sharpham Road, Cheddar, is gathering pace. There is a great buzz around the club and the village as planning for the on-field event to mark 125 years of cricket in the village gets ever more detailed.Although the Lashings team will not be finalised until two weeks before the fixture, the core of the side will be drawn from Richie Richardson (West Indies, captain), Marvam Atapattu (Sri Lanka), Henry Olonga (Zimbabwe) Chris Harris (New Zealand), Alvin Kallicharan (West Indies), Hashim Amla (South Africa), Nante Hayward (South Africa), Vasbert Drakes (West Indies), Chris Cairns (New Zealand), Greg Blewett (Australia), Phil DeFreitas (England), Rashid Latif (Pakistan) and Russel Arnold (Sri Lanka).The major sponsors of the event are Formpro Mail Marketing from Bristol and the Bath Arms Hotel from Cheddar.The village ground will be transformed with temporary perimeter fencing, Lashings shop and trailer, food and sports outlets, a beautifully furnished marquee where 200 guests will have a splendid three course lunch and Somerset tea, a licensed bar, and plenty of space for all who come along on the day to watch some fantastic cricket from some of the greatest international players.This is an event not to be missed by sports fans across Somerset. A small number of places remain available for the lunch and tea, with corporate tables for ten guests at £450 per table (nine guests if you wish to have a player lunching with you) or individual places at £45 per head. Further details and lunch tickets are available from club chairman, Brian Kirkup, (01934) 742198; e-mail: Admission to the ground is £3 adults, £2 children and students and £10 for a family ticket (four or more).Tickets can be purchased in advance from Deanes of Cheddar or from club members. Spectators paying at the gate are asked to bring their own chairs and there will be plenty of space for parking which is free.The club's annual six-a-side was held last Sunday at Sharpham Road and the winners were a team representing Cheddar Football Club.This was a great day's entertainment with eight teams competing, providing some wonderfully enjoyable cricket. The outstanding team performance came from a Colts six drawn from the club's under-15 squads.The batsman of the day was Ollie Pearce (15) and the bowler of the day was Liam Young (16). This event crowned a splendid weekend with the club hosting its annual vice presidents' luncheon the day before.Off the field, the club will celebrate the end of its 125th year with a ball at the Kings of Wessex School on September 29 with Kick The Cat providing the music.Club chairman, Brian Kirkup, said "This is proving to be a memorable year in so many ways and we are most grateful to everyone involved who has given so much to this historical event for the club - so do come and join us in our celebrations in August and September.

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