The Army XI managed to do the double over Cambridge University XI at Fenners on 1st May in the first T20 games of the 2019 season.
Game 1 saw Jay Boynton lose the toss and be asked to field. Debutant Alex Christie got the Army off the perfect start removing both openers in the first 4 overs. The spinners then joined in and a steady flow of wickets for Narayan, Boynton and Dearden restricted CUCC to 123 all out. In response the Army XI laboured to meet the run a ball target. Wickets fell with alarming regularity, Wiseman and Narayan both going in the first over. Fletcher was bowled by a ball that stayed at toe height and the skipper was bowled by an absolute jaffa that nipped away off the seam. At the half way point, the Army were 47-7 and CUCC seemed to be cruising to victory. However, Marlon Simon and Tommy Lester had other ideas and a steady fight back began before Simon destroyed the CUCC hopes in the 17th over, smashing 2 boundaries and three maximums. 27 runs in 6 balls handed the Army a 3 wicket win with Simon finishing unbeaten on 51 from 31 balls and Lester on 23 from 30.
Lunch was taken and in the second game the Army batted first. Surestha and Wiseman provided a solid start before Suman was stumped in the 8th over. Wiseman followed soon after, but the foundation allowed Fletcher and the Skipper, Boynton to work the ball to the boundary with increasing regularity. Boynton bought up his 50 with a boundary in the 19th over and Fletcher bought up his 50 on the first ball of the last over before being run out the very next ball. Army finished on an imposing 160 – 3.
The CUCC innings was dominated by one man, stand in wicket keeper, Tommy Lester. The rot started with a cracking bit of fielding from Ross Dearden who removed one of the openers with a direct hit and then the other with an LBW. The next three wickets were all down to Lester, taking three consecutive stumpings off Urie Hill, Nick Schofield and the Skippers bowling. Spice then joined in claiming two quick wickets as the CUCC innings started to wither and then finally Tommy Lester took his fourth stumping of the game again off the Skippers bowling giving the Army a 20 run victory. Tommy’s glove work setting a new Army T20 record of 4 stumpings in an innings.
Our thanks to CUCC for hosting us so brilliantly, it’s always an honour and pleasure to be invited to play at Fenner’s.