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13th June 2003


Anyone for Cricket? MG Rover Group is to sponsor the Lashings Cricket Club. Lashings are a ‘dream team’ of world cricket stars that play exhibition matches around the UK. In 2003 its stars will be driving Club SE specification Rover 75 Saloons and Tourers.

Lashings cricketing legends recently visited Longbridge to collect their cars. The Rover 75s are being provided to promote this exciting project, which commences on June 24 at Lashings Cricket Club’s home ground Mote Park, Maidstone, where they play Cambridge University to a crowd anticipated to exceed 5,000 spectators.

The player’s UK season runs from June 24 until September 7, with famous names that include Richie Richardson, Chris Harris, Henry Olonga, Mark Waugh, Stuart Williams, Jimmy Adams, Sherwin Campbell and Craig McMillan.

Fresh out of the Jungle, Phil Tufnell is also playing for the Lashings Cricket Club this season and the former Prime Minister John Major has confirmed an appearance too. Other Lashing legends include Brian Lara, Curtley Ambrose, Wasim Akram, Sir Viv Richards and Courtney Walsh. Specific fixture dates are available at www.lashings.com.

Guy Pigounakis, commercial sales director, said: "The association linking Rover and cricket brings together two very British images. Professional cricket played by heroes and stars give us that perfect endorsement. These guys are still a great talent and I know they appreciate the qualities that are encapsulated in what we recognise as great British design – the Rover motor car."

David Folb, Chairman of Lashings Cricket Club, said: "We are very proud to be involved with a company of Rover's immense profile. I’m delighted with the arrangement that forms the latest in a long list of star player and sponsorship coups for the Club. I know that our World XI star player line-up are very keen to get behind the wheel of these new Rover cars."

Rover is also the sponsor of the British Olympic Association and its Team GB preparations for Athens 2004, Commonwealth Games, UK athletics, Aston Villa and Birmingham City Football Clubs.

The Lashings Cricket Club was originally formed in 1979 when the Minstrel Wine Bar Cricket Club of Maidstone was due to play a local side that couldn’t turn up. They asked the Lashings restaurant if they might like a game of Cricket and the inspiration for the Lashings Cricket Club was duly formed. The ‘Harlem Globetrotters’ of cricket raise money for charity, encourage youth cricket and promote the popularity of cricket around the world.

Issued by MG Rover Group Communications

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