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Army Ladies do the Double by winning the Inter-Services T20 Competition at Portsmouth

By August 2, 2018 No Comments

With the Inter-Service 40 over trophy already in the bag, the job was only half done as the Army Ladies looked to do the double over the RAF and Navy with the RAF up first. Skipper Lauren Hardern won the toss and put the RAF in to bat; a repeat from the 40 over competition. The RAF got off to a promising start with Lisa Kelly-Tonge finding the boundary early on going at 6 an over despite tidy bowling from Gabie Clark. With the power-play over, Amanda Potgieter came on for her first spell back from injury and immediately struck claiming the wicket of Kelly-Tongue after a good catch at point from Emily Wall. She then followed this up with the wicket of the RAF’s other key batswoman and Captain Ellie Day finishing on 4 overs for 2 wickets and 13 runs. With the loss of early wickets, the RAF struggled to regroup and exceptionally economic bowling from Emily Wall bowling 3 overs for just 1 run, backed up by Lisa Newburn-Johnson (3 overs for 5 runs) and the ever consistent Kirsty Gavillet (4 overs taking 1 wicket and just 9 runs) meant the Army restricted the Navy to just 53-7 off their 20 overs.

With just 54 to reach, the Army didn’t hold bat, opening with the in-form Mel Vaggers and moving star batswoman Amanda Potgieter up the order to really show they meant business to both the RAF and onlooking Navy side. However it was the former who put in the star batting performance of the match, scoring 51* and as the statistician quoted 97% of the total runs saw the Army cruise to victory in just 6 overs with 10 wickets in hand. An all-round dominant performance by the Army in all 3 disciplines saw them ready to take on the Navy later in the day.

 

After a commanding victory against the RAF earlier in the day and the Navy also proving victorious against the RAF, the Inter-Services t20 final saw the Army take on the Royal Navy with the Navy winning the toss and choosing to bat.  The strong and consistent opening bowling pair of Mel Vaggers and Gabie Clark saw the Navy struggling to find the boundary resulting in Vaggers catching out danger player Louise Worsfold for just 3 off Clark’s bowling.  As the pressure built, the Navy didn’t look overly confident rotating the strike and a stroke of brilliance from Amanda Potgieter came in the form of a direct hit with just one stump to aim at mid-air.  The Army piled on more pressure with excellent bowling from Kirsty Gavillet and Potgieter with everything going the Army’s way.  Luck seemed to be on their side when a free hit ball was struck straight back into the hand of bowler Potgieter – clearly not out caught but she then ran out the non-striker backing up.  Gavillet was the pick of the bowlers with her patience paying off, catching Navy Captain Hazelle Garton LBW and finishing with figures of 4 overs, 1 maiden, 2 wickets for just 5 runs. After Garton was out, the run rate completely dried up with top notch fielding from the entire team meaning the Navy finished on 61 for 6.

 

Opening with the same pair as the earlier RAF game, Vaggers and Potgieter both played a sensible, controlled innings knowing it was in their hands to seal another 10 wicket victory.  This is precisely what they did with Vaggers scoring 20* and Potgieter 38* to win in the 12th over and take the ISt20 trophy.  Potgieter won player of the tournament for her 8 overs, 1 maiden, 3 wickets for 23 runs, 2 not out opening batting innings and her all round exceptional fielding including 2 catches and 2 run outs.  The British Army team performed outstandingly in both Inter-Service competitions, winning each of the matches by 10 wickets bar one (9 wickets) with great team performances in the field finished off by exceptional individual batting performances.  It is a season to be proud of with much promise and potential lined up to strengthen the squad in 2019 as well as a pre-season tour to Japan.  Many thanks go out to all that have supported us over the season.

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