What is Last Man Stands?
Last Man Stands (LMS) is a global amateur 8-a-side Twenty 20 cricket game played over approximately 2 hours & 15 minutes.
There are currently over 2000 teams playing LMS cricket and over 30,000 players in 5 countries. Currently there are leagues running in Manchester & Wirral with new leagues about to start up in Stockport and Liverpool.
Last Man Stands is backed by the ECB as their main vehicle to increase adult participation in cricket.
There are some great adjustments to the standard rules of cricket, such as a double play rule (two wickets off one ball) and the signatory LMS rule which allows the last batsman to bat on his own. There are many other exciting rules that increase the involvement and enjoyment of all players. Batsmen must retire at 50 but can come back in if the other wickets are lost and players can only bowl 4 overs. The last ball of the innings if hit for 6 is worth 12 runs. The 2 hour format of the game attracts players with busy lives that can't commit to a full day of club cricket or club cricketers that want some midweek practice in a proper match situation.
LMS allows cricketers of all standards who have time constraints to enjoy a fast paced game and to compete in a professionally organised league run by people with a passion for sport. LMS has been very successful in attracting new and past players back to the game of cricket. LMS leagues are very accessible and open to everyone. Teams don’t need their own ground or formal club structure to enter a league. All they need to do is get a group of mates together, register a team online or call the local league manager. LMS also caters for players who don't have a team but are keen to get involved. These players can register online and teams who are short of players will be able to contact them. The LMS league managers also facilitate this process.
Last Man Stands umpires set up the field, umpire and score and upload stats by the next day so it's just a case of turning up to play. There's even a bag of kit at venues for guys that are short of equipment.
There are currently over 600 players registered in the Wirral and Manchester Leagues. There are leagues to suit good standard club cricketers as well as social cricketers that haven't held a bat since school! The following video gives a good insight into what attracts players to LMS:
If above video doesn't work follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C80DWe5JSdA.
A unique part of LMS is the global ranking system. The LMS website stores and displays all teams and individual profiles with full career history, global batting rankings, bowling rankings and global team rankings. This ranking system enables a player in Wirral, for instance, to compare his online world ranking to mates in other cities around the world (e.g. London, Manchester, Johannesburg, Dubai, Auckland or Sydney).
This year the Last Man Stands World Championships finals are to be held at Lord’s. Teams that play in the local leagues will be eligible to play in the World Champs in August. Last year, Team Manchester made it all the way to the World Champs semi-finals played in Cape Town.
If you're interested in playing Last Man Stands, contact John Moore, E: [email protected]; T: 07971 439555.
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