Last Man Stands UK, in partnership with the Sussex Cricket Foundation, is open for team and individual registrations in Crawley this summer.
Last Man Stands, or LMS as it is commonly known, is an exciting eight-a-side Twenty20 format, suitable for cricketers of all standards and enjoyed by more than 50,000 players across the globe.
With increased support from the England Cricket Board and an ever-growing number of players, Last Man Stands is evolving from a niche form of the game.
LMS games last approximately two hours, which is ideal for cricketers with time constraints who want to enjoy a fast paced game and to compete in a professionally organised league, run by people with a passion for sport.
There are some great adjustments to the standard rules of cricket, such as a double-play rule (two wickets from one ball) and the signatory LMS rule which allows the last batsman to take on the opposition single-handedly!
LMS has been hugely successful in attracting new and past players back to the game of cricket as the 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. This format is perfect for work teams looking to bond over some outdoor sport, or for club mates wanting some midweek practice in a proper match situation.
The organisation of the leagues means that venues, match balls, umpires and live scoring are all taken care of, all you need to do its turn up and play!
With increased support from the England Cricket Board and an ever-growing number of players, Last Man Stands is evolving from a niche form of the game, based primarily in London to a viable, country-wide alternative to weekend cricket. The success of the game is based on its simplicity and the way in which its website provides international rankings, allowing every player and team to analyse their performances in the ultimate version of Fantasy Cricket. There is also the tantalising prospect of competing in National Finals or even the World Finals which are next set for Cape Town in 2017.
Teams of eight can join up together or there is the option to sign up as an individual. Mixed gender and ladies teams are also welcome, but all players must be aged 16+.
For more information please contact Roger.Newman@sussexcricket.co.uk or register online at www.lastmanstands.com/playcricketcrawley/
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