It’s cricket, but not as we know it!

The widest reaching, global amateur cricket league is being launched in Derbyshire.

Last Man Stands is an outdoor, 8-a-side game which lasts just 2 hours. It’s proving popular with players who don’t have the time to commit to full weekends of cricket and want to play a fast-paced, short twenty20 style game after work.

Last Man Stands is officially endorsed by ECB and is being brought to the city by Derbyshire Cricket Board adding to the game which is already played globally across 3 continents, with over 20,000 registered players. It is a logical addition to Derbyshire Cricket Board’s community programme which develops recreational cricket from the school ground and local clubs to county ground.

Three festivals will launch the Last Man Stands format across the county this summer ahead of the new leagues starting in April 2013. Men and women interested are invited to register their interest as either individuals or teams of 8 at www.lastmanstands.com.

The launch festivals will be taking place as follows with additional dates also being discussed:

6.30pm - 11th July at Denby Cricket Club (DE5 8PL)

6.30pm - 23rd July at Alvaston & Boulton Cricket Club (DE21 7BB)

11.00am - 5th August at Elvaston Cricket Club (DE72 3EP)

Richard Wood, DCB Operational Lead for Community Cricket said: “It’s fantastic that Last Man Stands has come to Derbyshire. It only takes two hours to play the game and with both kit and umpires provided, all you need to do is register on the Last Man Stands website and turn up.

“We’ve already had interest from local businesses and individuals about putting teams together and encourage anyone thinking about it to get in touch, even if they have never played cricket before.”

A game of Last Man Stands sees each side bowling 20 five ball overs and batsmen retiring when they reach 50 with the option to return when all players are out. The most notable difference with traditional cricketing formats is that the eighth wicket must be taken, hence the Last Man Stands alone and has to score in twos, fours or sixes.

ECB Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships, Mike Gatting said: “Last Man Stands is a short format game which is great fun and it only takes two hours to play a match. It’s ideal for former players who want to come back to the game or for anyone who wants to try cricket for the first time.

“It’s particularly proving popular with corporate teams and the world ranking element makes for a great talking point in the office. I would encourage anyone who is interested to get involved, find a team and encourage their friends, family and workmates to join in too.”

For more information please contact: Richard Wood 07841 759315, Richard Lightbrown 07776 445522 or email derbyshire@lastmanstands.co.uk