Horncastle midweek cricket gets a new look

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With the long, barmy summer evenings hopefully around the corner, Horncastle Cricket Club is hosting the town’s very own version of a Last Man Stands Cricket League, as endorsed by the ECB.

Teams from The Bull Hotel, The Crown and Harpars Bar will be competing for the Trophy every Wednesday evening from June 3 through until July 22, down at the Coronation Walk Ground.

Each week will see two of the teams compete in an eight-a-side, 14-over game, where all players except the wicketkeeper will bowl two overs and, in reply, all eight batsmen must be dismissed before their innings is over. The last man will bat alone with his partner acting only as a runner.

Bull landlord Tim Mills said that after speaking with HCC chairman Dean Wilkinson over the winter months it was decided that this short game format would be a good way to get ’non-cricketers’ involved with local cricket plus, provide entertainment for friends and families down at the cricket field.

Umpires Rob Bee and Richard Wood will officiate each week to ensure fair play. The pair will also have control over the position of two coned zones where the boundaries will count double when the ball passes through them.

The action starts at 6.30pm today (June) 3 when The Bull takes on The Crown in the opening fixture. The Astro Bar will be open for refreshments along with a barbecue. Pop along to support your local team.