The British Army won the Inter Services T20 tournament for the second year in succession on Tuesday 3 June in a rain-hit day at Lord’s.
While inclement weather meant only eight balls were possible in the first match of the day between the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, two comprehensive wins by the Army side meant they retained their title from 2013.
While the first match of the day was abandoned with the RAF at 8/0 before the heavens opened, the second match, between the Army and the Navy was able to get underway as scheduled.
Army openers Captain Storm Green and Gunner Gary Wiseman got their side off to a flying start, with the pair racing to 43/0 inside the first five overs.
While Wiseman was caught behind off Ben Kohler-Cadmore, Green continued apace, ably supported by Lance Corporal Brannon Varley. Green’s innings of 101 came from just 66 balls, a spectacular century that fired his Army side to an imposing score of 171/7.
In reply, the Navy couldn’t get going as they lost wickets at regular intervals, with only opener Lieutenant Commander Jack Parker offering any resistance. He made a run-a-ball 56 to keep his side afloat, before he was bowled in the 18th over.
While the rain returned at the beginning of the final over, the Navy’s hopes had long since washed away, with the Army taking victory by 39 runs on Duckworth/Lewis, as the Navy concluded on 123/8.
The passing shower cut short the final match to a 17 over-a-side clash, with the Army taking on the RAF.
Bowling first, the Army got off to a strong start, reducing the RAF to 50/4, thanks to two wickets and a run-out for opening bowler Fusilier Marlon Simon.
However, the RAF recovered to a score of 163/6 from their 17 overs, thanks mostly to an unbeaten 68 from Squadron Leader Tim Adcock. His innings contained 5 fours and 3 sixes, and was aided by a rapid fire 22 from 7 balls from Corporal T Chapman.
In reply, centurion Green was unable to repeat his heroics, but the Army marched seamlessly towards their target thanks to a not out 65 from Varley.
With an array of shots all around the wicket, including four sixes, Varley put the RAF bowlers to the sword with a match-winning 65 from just 35 balls as the Army won with 10 balls to spare to take their second win of the day, and the tournament.
As well as the Inter Services tournament on the main Ground, the Combined Services Women took on MCC Women on the Nursery Ground, winning the match off the final ball.