Last Man Stands (LMS) is 8-a-side T20, played by the normal laws of cricket with some extra rules to make the game more inclusive and exciting. Games last just over 2 hours. Unlike 11-a-side T20, all players get involved in the game. Batsmen must retire at 50 (but can come back in if the other wickets are lost). Bowlers can only bowl 4 overs and when the 7th wicket falls the ‘last mans stands’ and bats alone. There’s a double play whereby you can lose 2 wickets from 1 ball (if a batsman is caught the non-striker can be run out). Last ball of the innings is worth 12 if hit for 6! A game that seems done and dusted can be turned on its head by a single ball!

We set out the field, provide a new ball for each game; provide an umpire, who also scores. All players get a stat for every game with a league, national and world ranking (LMS is played by 30,000 players in 5 countries) so it’s just a case of turning up and playing.

There will be three leagues running in Leicester in 2016:

  • Rushey Fields Recreation Ground
  • Evington Park
  • Humberstone Park

All three leagues will be running on newly installed non-turf pitches (NTPs) and will be starting in May 2016.

If you are interested in entering a team then please contact Chris Newton at  

Venue Manager and Umpires – Paid Roles

Last Man Stands are looking to recruit umpires and venue managers to help promote Last Man Stands in Leicester in 2016. It is an exciting way to gain practical sports development experience in a market leading initiative supported by a major national governing body.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in recruiting new sides for the league and registering them
  • Meet and greet players before the game
  • Organise umpires to officiate matches
  • Management of the competition to maximise enjoyment and ensure smooth running of matches


Venue managers will receive up to £40 per evening (2 matches at the venue) for 2.5 hours work.

Umpires will receive up to £25 per evening for 2.5 hours work.

A full list of the roles and responsibilities involved can be downloaded here: LMS Venue Manager and Umpire Roles

If you would like any further information about Last Man Stands in Leicester please contact Dave Allen on / 0116 2442198

For updates on Last Man Stands playing opportunities in 2016 please keep an eye out on our Twitter @leicscricket and our Facebook page