Last Man Stands cricket proves a hit

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A NEW form of cricket took place for the first time in the borough last weekend.

Residents and the mayor got their first taste of Last Man Stands cricket, an eight-a-side game with similar rules to Twenty20, although there are only five balls per over and the side is only bowled out when all eight wickets have fallen.

Mayor Linda Arkley bowled the first ball and went on to finish off the over without conceding a run.

Mrs Arkley said she had enjoyed the experience and was pleased the council’s new horizons fund was helping adults get involved in cricket.

The first game played was between The Vikings and the Parents of Tynemouth. The Vikings batted first and scored 49 with Dan Humble top scoring with 13.

The Parents strolled to a comfortable victory by scoring 77 with Ben Hennessey top scorer with 17.

Nick Brown, director of Last Man Stands North Tyneside, said: “We are delighted with the first game today and the enjoyable spirit in which the game was played, we are looking to play more games this year.”

Anyone interested in raising a team of eight players please call 07920 757897 or e-mail northtyneside@lastmanstands.co.uk