As you may have read, the world-wide finals of “Last Man Stands” are being held 26th Aug – 4th Sept with Dulwich Cricket Club and the Southwark Community Sports Trust as key partners. Last Man Stands is an eight-a-side national cricket competition which has been running on an annual basis since 2005. For the first time, we have an International series of finals starting with an opening ceremony at Lords on Monday August 26th and culminating in a grand finals day at Lords on Wednesday 4th September. The winners receive a cash prize of £10,000.
All the qualification and pool games take place in Dulwich – at Dulwich Cricket Club (Dulwich Sports Club), Southwark Community Sports Trust, Dulwich Preparatory School and Belair Park over the week from 27th August until 3rd September. It will be a huge cricket festival with lots of games and lots of cricketers!
Over 120 teams are taking part from all over the UK, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand in addition to composite side representing India, West Indies, Bangladesh, Pakistan & Sri Lanka. A particular highlight of the competition will be the appearance of a Maasai Warriors team from Kenya who play good cricket in traditional Maasai attire. In addition to hosting the cricket matches, TV streaming and highlights packages will be screened each evening. This promises to be a unique event which is fully supported by the English Cricket Board, Surrey County Cricket Club and the cricketing organising bodies from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
The rules of the competition state that all 8 wickets are needed to bowl a cricket team out. When the seventh wicket falls, the Last Man Stands on his own! The game has been promoted in the UK by the England & Wales Cricket Board to stimulate more take up of cricket by office workers, men and women and others wishing to play.