With the long, barmy summer evenings upon us, 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, at the Coronation Walk Ground.
Each week will see two of the teams compete in an eight-a-side, 14 overs game, where all players except the wicketkeeper will bowl two overs and, in reply, all eight batsmen must be dismissed for their innings to be over. The last man will bat alone with his partner acting only as a runner.
Bull landlord Tim Mills said that after speaking with Horncastle CC 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 providing 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 on Wednesday, June 3, when The Bull take on The Crown in the opening fixture. The Astro Bar will be open for refreshments along with a barbecue, so pop along and support your local team.