Lashings World XI defeat college by 21 runs

June 1, 2024

A SPECTACULAR boundary catch by St Joseph’s College captain Freddie Cloud was the highlight of their 21-run loss to the Lashings World XI in Ipswich on Friday.

Cloud palmed the ball back from above his head to stop it going for six before catching it just inside the mid-wicket boundary to dismiss former Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat off the bowling of Gethin Badger-Watts.

Ex-West Indies batter Kirk Edwards, who made 35, joint top-scored for Lashings with skipper Chris Schofield, who played for Suffolk in between the ex-England leg spinner’s spells at Lancashire and Surrey.

Mohammad Ashraful, who played 61 Tests for Bangladesh, scored 27 and Nicky Boje, the ex-South African international who is now head of cricket at Ipswich School, added 21 not out in the Lashings total of 147 for 5.

The college, who included former students and current Suffolk cricketers Jacob Marston and Dan Shanks in their side, replied with 126 for 6 from their 20 overs.

Cloud top-scored with an undefeated 40, Alex Bush made 27 and Shanks 22, while Boje claimed 3 for 18 and former Middlesex and England off-spinner John Emburey took 2 for 45.

Cloud was awarded the Player of the Match signed shirt by the Lashings Ambassador and former West Indian opening bat Sir Gordon Greenidge for his 40 not out, 1 for 23 off four overs and spectacular boundary catch.

It was the second year running that Lashings had visited St Joseph’s College, with the result this year much closer this time after Lashings won last year’s fixture by 119 runs.

Despite testing weather, the day yet again proved a great success, with more than 200 guests attending the pre-match lunch hosted by Geoff Miller, the former England Test cricketer and national selector.

The college’s under-13 and under-15 students were treated to a coaching session during the morning by some of the Lashings players led by Chris Schofield, Yasir Arafat and Michael Carberry.

Sam Bennett-King, who is head of Cricket at St Joseph’s College, said: “The match itself, again with wonderful commentary by the legend Henry Blofeld, was a much closer contest than last year which demonstrated the progress and effort the players have made in preparation over the year.

“My thanks to the senior players and students for their commitment and dedication to their cricket over the past 12 months and to the Lashings World XI, parents, guests and all members of the St Joseph’s College community for making the event so special. We look forward to round three next year!”

St Jospeh’s College fielders are pictured above celebrating the spectacular boundary catch by captain Freddie Cloud (third right) to dismiss Yasir Arafat

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