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Operation Lord's: Inter Services T20

Operation Lord's: Inter Services T20

The Inter Services Twenty20 tournament between the British Armed Forces was held at Lord's for the fourth year running.

It's a once in a lifetime opportunity

The triangular tournament sees the Army, Royal Airforce and Royal Navy play each other once in a round robin of t20 matches at the Home of Cricket.

"This is about the 33 players, the umpires and the scorers that represent the three services," Air Vice Marshall Paul Atherton told Lord's TV.

A battle of bat and ball

"The opportunity that this gives to them; to get changed in the dressing rooms in this wonderful Pavilion, to practice on the [Nursery] Ground, walk out through the Long Room, down the famous steps and out onto the hallowed turf…it's a once in a lifetime opportunity."

When not competing against each other the three XIs come together as a Combined Services XI. They go on tour to India in October this year and last year saw the Women's Combined Services XI tour Sri Lanka.

Captain Storm Green, from the Cold Stream Guards, playing for the first time at the Home of Cricket said: "It's a huge privilege and honour.

"You walk around and your see what great players have played here and what they've had to say about it and I don't think I can put it in any better words."

Greene scored 82 not out and 3 in his two innings as the Army won the competition.

During the day, the charity Combat Stress, which supports Armed Forces Veterans with mental health problems, was fundraising around the ground.

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