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.