This summer a new social cricket league is being launched in Aylesbury – the Last Man Stands League where teams will compete to win The Bucks Herald Cup.
Last Man Stands, or LMS as it is commonly known, is an exciting format of the game which is played throughout the world, with more than 40,000 players signed up.
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.
Each game of Last Man Stands is completed in just two hours making it the perfect game to play on midweek summer evenings. It’s quick, exciting, and fast-paced – so what are you waiting for?
Last Man Stands is all about the excitement of Twenty20 cricket with a difference.
Twenty overs are played, but with five balls per over instead of six, each side consists of eight players as opposed to the regulation 11, and sides can only be bowled out when all eight players are dismissed – hence the name, Last Man Stands.
The Bucks Herald has teamed up with Aylesbury Town Cricket Club and Aylesbury Vale District Council to launch the competition and results and news from the league will be published on these sports pages throughout what promises to be an exciting summer.
Matches will be held at Town’s County Ground and Alfred Rose Park on Monday and Tuesday nights, from 6pm to 8pm, starting on May 12.
You can either join up as a team of eight or sign up as an individual so make sure you round up your friends, work colleagues or your club mates and register as soon as possible. Mixed gender and ladies teams are also welcome. All players must be aged 16+.
The league has been set up after funding from the ECB saw a new non-turf pitch installed at Alfred Rose Park. The Herald is the league sponsor and will be providing the silverware for the finals day.
The first 10 teams that register will receive half price registration of £60 which includes website profiles, eight LMS shirts and team insurance. Keith Dale, from Aylesbury Town Cricket Club, said: “This is a great opportunity to open cricket to all those that just want to give it a go.”
For more information contact Steve@lastmanstands.co.uk or 07979 907022 or sign up your team online at www.lastmanstands.com/playcricketaylesbury