Kent village club offers Lara a chance
Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2000
London: West Indies batsman Brian Lara has been given the chance to further his career in England - playing for a village team in Kent. The former West Indies captain has been made an offer to play for the Lashings club, based in Maidstone, Kent, south-east England, by a multi-millionaire who is based in the Caribbean, the 'London Evening Standard' reported on Tuesday. Simon Noble, head of a Caribbean-based internet betting company, has been in contact with Lara and was so confident of concluding the deal that he has registered the player's name with league officials. Noble sponsors the Lashings club which already boasts the services of former West Indies players Richie Richardson, Stuart Williams and Junior Murray. "My support for Lashings is because they have given several young West Indian players a chance to develop their game in England," said Noble. "For them to have an opportunity to play cricket with Brian Lara would be an unforgettable experience. It's non-pressure cricket at grass-roots level. He could relax and enjoy himself and have a lot of fun." Lashings are not the first English village team to make a bid for Lara's services. Alderley Edge tried to get the left-hander on board for the 2001 season but Cheshire League rules stopped them going ahead with the deal.