Four amateur cricket teams will be vying for a £10,000 prize at Lord’s tomorrow as the Last Man Stands World Championship reaches its climax.
AZ Sports (Guildford, England) and 3 Short (Canberra, Australia) will be joined by two other teams in the finals of the tournament which is being hosted by ECB for the first time and features 48 teams from five different countries.
The nine-day long tournament has been played in parallel with a ‘Happy Hitters’ competition which featured a team from Kenya’s famous Maasai Warriors tribe and a Cup of Nations event for international teams.
Based on an eight-a-side 20 over format which can be played in less than two hours, Last Man Stands currently boasts more than 2,000 teams and 40,000 players worldwide in England and Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and South Africa.
There are currently more than 50 Last Man Stands leagues operating in England and Wales with London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Nottingham and Southampton among the major cities offering the game nationwide.
ECB Managing Director - Cricket Partnerships Mike Gatting said: “This tournament has been a fantastic showcase for ECB’s partnership with Last Man Stands and demonstrates why the format is one of the fastest-growing areas of our grassroots game with more than 7,000 players now registered in England and Wales.”
“There is clearly a growing appetite among recreational cricketers for a fast, fun format of the game which can be played in a short time frame, easily fitted in around work or family commitments and is suitable for all abilities.
“It’s currently proving an ideal way to attract cricketers whose involvement in the game has lapsed, or those who are considering stopping playing club cricket and we are committed to working closely with the Last Man Stands organisers to expand the number of leagues and teams nationwide.
“I would like to thank all those players, from different parts of the world who have taken part over the last fortnight, the Last Man Stands organising team, and our host venues, Lord’s and the Dulwich Sports Ground, for providing such superb facilities for all the teams."