LASHINGS have revealed their all-star team due to play at Selsey next month – and organisers are hoping the line-up helps sell tables at the big day.
Former Test stars including Gordon Greenidge, Sulieman Benn, Herschelle Gibbs, Phil de Freitas, Dirk Nannes and Mohammad Yousuf are in line to play for the famous tourists on Sunday, June 8.
Selsey are desperate to sell more hospitality tables to ensure it can go ahead.
The teams are due to play for the Sir Patrick Moore Cup to mark Selsey’s 180th anniversary and in memory of Selsey’s former secretary and player Sir Patrick Moore.
Organiser Bob Hoare said: “We’re still looking for sponsors and advertisers and we have hospitality tables for ten people for lunch in the marquee – these are £500 per table, or £600 for a table with a Lashings All-Stars player for company.
“There will be bouncy castles, a runaway train to ride, a mini circus, small fairground rides, a hog roast, burger bar, ice cream, soft drinks, cakes and teas.
“We are organising a ladies’ T20 game in the morning followed by a colts game.
“For entertainment during the tea interval we’ll have the Razzle Dazzle cheerleaders and the OCD dance group. There will be opportunities for autograph hunters.
“The football club have agreed to help on the day and will allow us to use their ground.
“The exterior of the pavilion is being spruced up by Manor Nurseries, who are loaning us plants on the day, and the interior is having a special makeover from Balloons by Pennywise.
“There will be a raffle and a tombola and a chance to pre-order a 90 minute DVD of the day. The bar will be open all day.”
Admission to the match is free. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Bob Hoare on 01243 603962.
The ground and club are due to open to the public at 9am, with a ladies’ T20 match at 9.30am.
The opening of the Sir Patrick Moore exhibition by Dr John Mason takes place at 11.45am.
After lunch, the Selsey Comets take on Lashings in a 30-overs-a-side match from 2.30pm.
The raffle will be drawn during tea interval, when there will be displays by the cheerleaders and dancers.
Presentation of the Sir Patrick Moore Trophy is due around 7pm by Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council.
The Lashings line-up...
Gordon Greenidge – Opening batsman for the West Indies and will be remembered by many in this part of the world for his long and successful Hampshire career.
Sulieman Benn – Another legend who plays international cricket for the West Indies, and first-class cricket for Barbados.
Phil DeFreitas – English Test cricketer. Played county cricket for Leicestershire, Lancashire and Derbyshire, as well as playing in 44 Tests and 103 ODIs.
Owais Shah – Middle-order batsman who played for Middlesex between 1996 and 2010, before joining Essex. Has represented England in all forms.
Dirk Nannes – Has played internationally for both Australia and the Netherlands, one of the few players to represent multiple international teams.
Ed Giddins – Former Sussex, Warwickshire, Surrey and Hampshire bowler who played in four Tests from 1999 to 2000.
Herschelle Gibbs – South African batsman with an illustrious intenrational career record. Became the first player to hit six sixes in one over in ODIs.
Iain O’Brien – Former New Zealand player. A pace bowler who played in 22 Tests between 2005 and 2009, taking 73 wickets.
Saqlain Mushtaq – Pakistani cricketer, best known for pioneering the ‘doosra’ delivery.
Ian Butler – New Zealand cricketer with dual UK/NZ citizenship. Butler’s fast bowling has proved a potent force.
Mohammad Yousuf – Former Pakistan captain who batted and bowled at the highest level.
Player-manager John Lever – England and Essex pace-bowling legend of the 70s and 80s.