Big hitting Jaffer helps Lashings reclaim Ashoka Cup

The Lashings XI, including guest player Daisy Bean, and Eastbourne line-up with the Ashoka Cup
The Lashings XI, including guest player Daisy Bean, and Eastbourne line-up with the Ashoka Cup

The Lashings Allstars won the Ashoka Cup at the Saffrons thanks largely to a big hitting display from Wasim Jaffer and four wickets from Usman Afzaal.

The Lashings won the toss at the Saffrons on Friday afternoon and were in no mood hang around against an Eastbourne side that inflicted a rare defeat upon them last year.

Kirk Edwards, a West Indian right-handed batsman, opened the batting and fired 49 from 29 balls including five fours and two sixes.

Wasim Jaffer, a man who has scored almost 2,000 Test runs for India, then accelerated the onslaught with 60 runs from 40 balls with two sixes and seven fours.

Owais Shah made a rapid 32 as the Lashings finished their 20 overs with 170-7. Delray Rawlins performed well with the ball for Eastbourne as he took 3-19 from his four overs and there was a wicket each for David Twine, Brad Evans, Jacob Smith and Ben Twine.

In reply Eastbourne battled their way to 102 all out. Chris Borsoi top scored with 21, Jacob Smith hit 18 from number eight and Alex Bone fired 17 before he was trapped lbw by Usman Afzaal. Usman Afzaal took 4-17, and Monty Panesar claimed 3-15.

Eastbourne cricket chairman Ian Fletcher-Price said, “It’s always a great day for the cricket club and once again the event was very supported by the town.”

Eastbourne: L. Tomsett (capt), J. Smith, D. Rawlins, M. Tomsett, J. Turner, C. Borsoi, D. Twine, B. Evans, B, Twine, J, Tibble, A, Bone.

Lashings: K Edwards, W Jaffer, O Shah, H Gibbs, U Afzaal, C Schofield, T Best, J Batty, M Bicknell, C Willoughby, M Panesar.