Lashings of fun as cricket stars take on Ampthill players

Devon Malcolm at The Lashings, Ampthill. PNL-141108-172951001
Devon Malcolm at The Lashings, Ampthill. PNL-141108-172951001

A team of ex-international cricketers played at Ampthill Cricket Club.

Lashings World XI made their second appearance at Ampthill Park on Friday, August 9, following their sucessful visit two years ago.

In an exciting game watched by an estimated crowd of nearly 1,000, Ampthill narrowly failed to become only the fourth team to inflict defeat on Lashings in their thirty year history, losing by an agonising four runs.

Ex-England Test cricketer and fast bowler Devon Malcolm, speaking exclusively to bedfordtoday, said: “It’s great being here in Ampthill, everyone is really friendly and it’s a good club with good people. What more can you ask for.”

Ampthill Club captain Dr Lee Taylor said: “It was a fantastic day and performance from the club. It was a great day for the team, everyone associated with the club, and Ampthill itself. The Lashings players were great lads and generous with their time and advice to our young players.”

Fans Andy Lee with his wife Rachel from Ampthill said: “I’m a huge cricket fan so to see great players come to Ampthill is a reason I’m here. It’s also all very enjoyable and has a nice family atmosphere.”

Rob Pearson who arrived with his 18-month-old daughter Thea added: “Thea is already a big cricket fan and is enjoying the day.” As he was speaking little Thea toddled over to her dad’s bag and picked up a white nappy. Rob joked: “She’s going to put her own whites on now!”

Mike Blair, Mayor of Ampthill, also watched the game. He said: “I’ve come here on occasions but I’m not good enough to be a player. It’s great for Ampthill to have such a prestigious team visit.”

In the beer tent John Marsh from Ampthill CC said: ”We’re expecting to sell 400/500 pints - hopefully we won’t run out.”

Lisa Deglan from St John Ambulance added: “It’s great here, it’s a nice atmosphere. The only problems we normally have are dealing with wasp stings and heatstroke. They treat us as friends here, not just first aiders - it’s lovely.”

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