The Army men’s cricketers have done the Inter-Services cricket double for 2019.
After securing the T20 title at Lord’s in May, they were looking to add to their trophy haul with a victory in the 50 overs competition.
They narrowly defeated the RAF in a tense and low scoring encounter on the final day to seal the trophy in Aldershot.
Vic Isaacs rang the bell to mark the start of the match. He is stepping down as a scorer after 57 years of covering military cricket.
The Army did not the start the match well with two wickets falling after just 12 runs. Adam Fisher caught Bali from Jimmy Iago’s bowling, while soon after, Liam Fletcher was caught by Ross Diver off John Iniff’s delivery.
Graham Wiseman and Tade Carmichael started to recover the score for the Army but when the latter fell for 40, the Army were struggling at 109-5.
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Jonathan Boynton lifted the trophy for the Army.
It got worse from the next ball as Tom Lester went for a duck and the Army skipper Jonathan Boynton came in.
He didn’t last long though, as he fell to Sam Bloor’s bowling, and when Marlon Simon was bowled out by Ash Watson, the Army were all out for 135.
The Air Force would have been pleased, but a stern batting performance was needed.
It never came though as the Army’s bowlers including Boynton, Uri Hill and Emmerson Wood ripped through the batting order.
Wood was making his Inter Services debut for the team and he grabbed three wickets in an impressive performance.
The Queen’s Royal Hussars officer finished the job for the Army when he sent the Air Force all out for just 122.
The win by 13 runs meant the Army were dominant in 2019.
Scorecards can be found here:
- 30th June – RN v RAF no play rain
- 31 June – Army beat RN by 169 runs
- 1 August – Army beat RAF by 13 runs