LMS Finals Day hailed a success!
From small beginnings in Edinburgh in 2014 with just seven teams taking part – the growth of Last Man Stands in Scotland has been fantastic to see over the last few years.
A total of 42 teams across five areas (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife, Dundee and East Lothian) took part in 2016, and last weekend saw the best 15 teams come together to compete in the LMS Scotland Championships.
The tournament was hosted over five venues on the Saturday (five groups of three) – the top eight teams then went through to straight knockouts at Inch Park in Edinburgh.
The weekend saw a total of 139 players take part in a total of 22 matches – all in a weekend. It had a real festival feel, and despite a defeat to Kinross Ospreys in the group stages and sneaking through as one of the best runners up, Fulton’s Flyers who were champions of Glasgow beat Carlton CC in the final over in a brilliant climax to lift the LMS Scotland Championships 2016.
Not only do Fulton’s Flyers lift the trophy, they have also now qualified to compete in the LMS World Championships in Cape Town in 2017, with the organisers contributing $2500US towards the costs of their trip.
The feedback from the teams taking part this year has been great.
John Ross, organiser of Kinross Osprey’s had this to say ‘We are a social side made up of lads, dads and ladies and only entered to get some mid-week fixtures. Now we are total LMS converts and can’t wait for next year. LMS has brought 6 old players back into cricket in our club and we expect more next season.
Thanks everyone for making it such a great season’
The tournament itself – although competitive and of a good standard - was played with the social spirit we’ve come to associate with LMS in Scotland. Muhammad Razzak, organiser of Dundee Knight Riders, the Dundee Champions, summed it up well…
Fantastic day great to meet members of other groups played in friendly spirits which is what LMS is about!
Well done to Artic Mufties for topping our group but remember Dundee Knight Riders and Might Ducks are hitting the drawing board to chalk out finer strategies for next year ;)!!!
LMS is a great growing format to get involved in. The hope is to launch three new league areas next year and grow the ones already running – with a target of 60 – 70 teams playing this fantastic format across Scotland.
If you are interested in getting a league started up in your area, or in learning more about entering a team in an area that is already playing LMS, get in touch with Paul Reddish or Colin Mills at Scotland@lastmanstands.co.uk or 07585 048414 and they’ll be happy to talk things through with you.
There’s space for one more team in Cape Town next year for the 2017 LMS Scotland Champions – will it be you?!