SCB: Sussex Cricket Board’s ‘Big Smash’ a success26-Sep-2012
Last Saturday saw Middleton Cricket Club win the inaugural Sussex Cricket Board ‘Big Smash’ competition, after defeating Portslade Cricket Club in the final by 47 runs at Middleton Cricket Club.
In the 3rd/4th playoff match which took place before the final, Broadbridge Heath Cricket Club comfortably beat West Wittering Cricket Club by 126 runs.
The tournament ran over three weekends in September and unlike traditional cricket, the format played was a fast paced version called ‘Last Man Stands’. This format is making an emergence in West Sussex and more clubs are starting to see the benefits of playing a shortened version of the game.
Cricket Development Manager Steve Feazey said, “This season has been one of the most challenging known to cricket clubs. The weather has been inconsistent and caused a record amount of cancelled matches. We wanted to provide a competition for our clubs to participate in which would give the season a good send off and we felt the best way of doing this was to incorporate the Last Man Stands format.
“Last Man Stands is a quick and exciting version of cricket. It’s 8-a-side with some quirky rules and the teams get to wear coloured clothing. Once you’ve played you also receive a world ranking position against players in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia which gives you the incentive to try and improve your ranking over the season.
“The great thing about the format is that the game only lasts two hours, so it can fit in with the busy lifestyles that people lead today.”
Ian Burrows from Middleton Cricket Club commented, “Everyone involved at Middleton CC thoroughly enjoyed the Big Smash tournament organised by the Sussex Cricket Board, and look forward to the organisation of similar events in the future.
“The imposed time limits for each innings, the field placings that 8 a-side require and free hits for all no balls, when combined with the double play rule where two players can be dismissed from the same delivery leave players and spectators with plenty to think about!
“All the players that took part and spectators that came along to watch enjoyed the tournament, which extended the Saturday cricket on offer in September by three weeks, with the added bonus that the games were played in some of the best weather of the summer.”
Image: Middleton CC celebrate winning the first ever ‘Big Smash’ Tournament