Last Man Stands, or LMS as it is commonly known, is an exciting 8-a-side Twenty 20 format, suitable for cricketers of all standards and enjoyed by more than 50,000 players across the globe.
This season there will be two leagues for players and teams to choose from, a business/social league for work based teams or other sporting clubs to play socially, and a premier league for regular cricketers to battle it out for the Buck Herald Cup and reach the regional and national finals weekends.
Last season Aylesbury based team, Outlawz, reached the national finals after becoming south England champions.
LMS games last approximately two hours, 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 off one ball) and the signatory LMS rule which allows the last batsman to take on the opposition single handedly.
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. 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 2015.
Matches will be held at Aylesbury Town CC on Monday and Tuesday evenings, with a 6.30pm start time.
Teams of 8 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+.