AMATEUR cricketers from around the Wakefield District have flown over to South Africa with the aim of becoming world champions in a new, growing format of the sport.
Wakefield-based team ‘The Yorkshire Puddings’ have travelled to Cape Town to compete in the Last Man Stands (LMS) World Championships.
The competition is the biggest amateur cricket competition in the world and is based on Twenty20 cricket, with 8-a-side teams competing in two-hour games with the last man standing alone following the fall of the seventh wicket.
And The Yorkshire Puddings will go up against the best LMS teams from around the world with the aim of winning the $10,000 prize.
The Yorkshire Puddings booked their place thanks to victory over Team Hodgey in the final of the inaugural LMS Johnny Hodge Memorial Cup in August.
Ossett Cricket Club’s Mike Edwards, Charlie Orme, Karl Anderson, Chris Day and Tom Finnigan are in the Puddings’ ten-man squad.
John Sadler, now a coach at Ossett, is also included as captain and will be playing for a Rest of the World side against South Africa on the last day of the tournament.
They play Dubai team Dessert Warriors in a warm-up game today before seeing the wickets pitched for their first of three group games tomorrow against Johannesburg-based team BBFL.
The competition runs from March 31-April 7.
See this week’s Wakefield Express for all the sports news from around the district.