Wagga to be represented at Last Man Stands national titles

READY FOR BATTLE: Windup Merchants are the first Wagga Last Man Stands team to commit to playing nationals. They head to the Gold Coast this weekend. Picture: Laura Hardwick
READY FOR BATTLE: Windup Merchants are the first Wagga Last Man Stands team to commit to playing nationals. They head to the Gold Coast this weekend. Picture: Laura Hardwick

A group of social cricketers are off to take on the best in Australia.

For the first time Wagga will be represented at the Last Man Stands national titles.

Windup Merchants have elected to make the pilgrimage to the Gold Coast for the event this weekend.

Each winner automatically qualifies, but it is the first time a Wagga has committed to going.

A late change has made team captain Rob Illsley unavailable, however he believes it is another great aspect of the social competition.

“Last Man Stands itself is a fantastic format of cricket,” Illsley said.

“You get guys of all ages and abilities, literally, playing together.

“It is not like grade cricket but just a very, very social form where everyone has a joke and a laugh and it is not taken seriously at all.”

As with the concept Windup Merchants aren’t taking things super seriously, but there is $10,000 up for grabs to the winning team to help fund a trip to the world championship.

Illsley said the team were treating more as a boys trip away.

“After qualification a number of the guys decided the wanted to go so we’ve organised it and booked it,” Illsley said.

“It’s a bit of a boys trip.

“We are not all going, there is a full who have pulled out late for work commitments, including myself, but there were enough guys who committed.