The Army have won the Women’s Inter Services Cricket Championships in Portsmouth by beating both the Navy and the RAF in the three-day tournament at Portsmouth.
In the first game, the Navy had beaten the Air Force comfortably to make their match with the Army a winner-takes-all clash.
The Senior Service won the toss and chose to bat, but made a disastrous start to their innings.
Mel Vaggers’ delivery was trouble for Lou Worsfold and Georgie Cant’s catch meant a wicket in the first ball of the match.
The Navy managed to put some runs on the board but another wicket fell before they reached 50.
Amanda Potgieter’s bowling did the trick for the Army and Hazel Garton was walking off for just 19.
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The Army’s bowling abilities had the Navy in early trouble in their innings.
Raynes added 24 to the score before she fell for 51-3, but Charlie Yemm’s impressive batting performance helped the Navy rehabilitate.
She took the Senior Service’s score to 90 when her partner Burke fell to Kirsty Gavillet caught and bowled.
Yemm eventually was caught behind for 56 and the Navy’s 40 over ended at 157-8.
The Navy were looking for early wickets to stop the Army from reaching their target, but the ladies in red looked strong at the crease.
They reached 30 runs before the first dismissal as Vaggers was stumped for 14.
Unfortunately for the Senior Service, it was Potgieter who entered the action as her replacement.
The experienced Army player became the first Army batter to reach 5000 runs for the service earlier in the tournament and was in fine form against the Navy.
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Potgeiter’s historic run accomplishment was one of the highlights of the championships.
She worked at a high run rate and the target was coming ever closer throughout the innings. Unfortunately for her, she did not last until the end of the innings.
A mistimed shot meant Worsfold could claim the catch and the Navy were still holding out hope at 130-2.
They still managed to get a third wicket as Cant left the field moments later, but with eight overs to go, the champions reached their target.
Gavillet lifted the trophy again for the Army, with the Navy and the RAF licking their wounds ahead of the T20 Championships later in July.