By Quintin van Jaarsveld
Last Man Stands cricket, a new hybrid format of the game, was introduced to the South Coast for the first time at Port Shepstone Country Club on Saturday.
The free open day saw two Under-11 and two Under-13 teams get to grips with the innovative eight-a-side Twenty20 game (explained below), and by all indications it appears that Last Man Stands will take off on the South Coast as it has across the world.
The four teams consisted of youngsters from various local schools who are members of Port Shepstone Country Club. An adult match was also scheduled but didn’t come to fruition.
Nicole Klusener, founder of Port Shepstone Country Club Junior Cricket, feels that Last Man Stands got off to a promising start at the weekend.
“The kids loved it and the parents thoroughly enjoyed it as well,” Klusener told eHowz!t.
“It’s a lovely format. It’s high energy and it’s two hours and it’s over, so it doesn’t take up your whole day.
“It’s also great because it will keep the kids playing cricket throughout the year, not just in cricket season.
“It won’t replace other forms of cricket, it will keep interest in the sport year-round.”
Klusener emphasised that Last Man Stands is not restricted to juniors and said it’s hoped that senior and junior South Coast leagues will be launched in the near future under KwaZulu-Natal franchise owner Shane Morrow.
For such leagues to be established, it would require a minimum of six teams per league. Leagues have already been established country wide, including Durban, where teams clash in both an A and B division.
Local players interested in entering a team into a South Coast league need not be members of Port Shepstone Country Club and can contact Klusener on 083 443 3832 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Man Stands explained – via www.landmanstands.com
Last Man Stands (LMS) was founded in 2005 in London by Bjorn Briggs and Wayne Greve.
LMS is the widest reaching amateur cricket league in the world, bringing together like-minded individuals from all walks of life, countries, religions, sex, and races, to enjoy this wonderful format of cricket. Last Man Stands is very easy to join.
This great social outdoor 8-a-side T20 cricket game lasts +/- 2 hours. All eight wickets are needed to bowl a cricket team out. When the seventh wicket falls, the Last Man Stands on his own!
Each player receives cricket statistics and world rankings online. This allows teams to play cricket locally, and compare their performances to other LMS T20 cricket sides from around the world. All LMS teams receive Team World Rankings as well.
It’s easy for skippers to organise a team & keep players coming back for more cricket! Fixture reminders are automatically sent out to the squad, and each player can build up his career stats and rankings which keeps cricket players coming back for more.
In 2012 approximate 30,000 players took part in LMS Twenty20 cricket leagues.
Photos by Nicole Klusener