'Owzat For That a New Game

THERE are fewer deliveries, fewer fielders and a few unfamiliar rules, but eastern suburbs cricketers are flocking to Last Man Stands. The novel format of the game, which features fiveball overs and only eight players per side, began in England in 2005 and has expanded rapidly since then. Rob Stevenson played in one of the early matches in London. He was so impressed by the quickfire nature of the game that he moved to Sydney in 2009 to set up an Australian version ‘‘I believed that it was going to take off and luckily it did, it’s just exploded,’’ the 29 year old from Surry Hills said. ‘‘It’s a bit more casual but still very organised, with uniforms, professional umpires and the scores going up online. ‘‘The fact it’s eight-a-side is a huge factor in getting teams; it means they can be made up of a bunch of mates rather than just club teams. Anyone can get a side together.’’....

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