With the last preparation fixture before the Inter-Service competition, the Army fielded a relatively inexperienced side missing a few key players but this allowed the Captain Lauren Hardern to test out some options for next week’s t20 Inter Service Competition. Electing to bat, Aldershot got off to a flyer scoring at 8 an over for nearly the first 10 overs. However, once their Captain was stumped by Hardern off Hannah Whitecross in her bowling debut for the Army, their run rate was stemmed and the Army upped their intensity in the field, restricting the home side to 131.
What should have been a comfortable total to reach for the Army turned out not to be so. Early wickets from a lack of discipline in the top order meant it was always going to be tough. However, perhaps a blessing in disguise as in the last 3 fixtures, the Army have not batted past 3. The majority of the middle order performed exceptionally well with Connie Cant scoring 37 propped up by an excellent innings from Sarah Streete. In the end the Army fell just 9 short but vital pitch time fell to the right players at the right time in the season.
Plenty of positives to be taken into next week’s Inter-Services. A special mention goes to Hannah Whitecross and Leah Beattie both picking up 2 wickets apiece in their first bowling spells for the Army team.