The Army has edged its way to victory to win this season's Inter-Services Cricket Championship, in a match that featured the tournament's first ever hat-trick.

They beat the RAF by four wickets in an eventful fixture in Uxbridge.

The Army team went into the match knowing victory would see them achieve a second 'double' in two years, having already lifted the T20 title earlier in the season.

 Army Inter-Services T20 Win 2017
The Army had already lifted the inter-services T20 title earlier in the summer

An earlier Air Force win over the Royal Navy, meanwhile, left them in the hunt for silverware as well.

Winning the toss, Army skipper Storm Green put the airmen into bat.

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The light blues made a steady start but their innings was prevented from truly taking off thanks to tight Army bowling and alert fielding.

The Army made the breakthrough they craved as Tom Berzins edged a Marlon Simon delivery to second slip and Tade Carmichael bagged the catch with the score 39-1.

Tom Shorthouse did not remain at the crease for long, as Simon continued his impressive spell with the ball trapping his opponent LBW, as the Air Force slipped to 56 for 2. Diver maintained his assault on the Army attack.

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But he was the third Air Force batsman to go, attempting to heave a straight one from Darren Brown to depart for 44.

And when Simon saw off Adam Sutcliffe reducing the Air Force to 95 for 4, the Army appeared on top.

Army 2017 cricket win vs RAF

RAF skipper Adam Fisher led his team's revival. He brought up his half century with a measured shot to the rope. It was a composed knock with his side's success resting on his shoulders.

With the Army taking wickets at regular intervals the Air Force were going to fall somewhat short of an above par total.

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Despite the heroics from Fisher, the innings came to a close on 220-6 from 50 overs. The captain finished 76 not out - but it didn't look enough.

The Army reply was measured as Liam Fletcher and skipper Storm Green set about chasing down the target.

But with the score at 50-0 a moment of tournament history began, as Keeran Pearce trundled in.

Army 2017 cricket win vs RAF

He first removed Fletcher, before taking Army danger man Carmichael next ball for a duck.

James Hudson then had the dubious honour of being Pearce's third victim in as many balls. He was out LBW and Pearce became the first man to take a hat-trick in the competition's history.

Graham Wiseman helped reignite the Army innings with a hefty half century, bringing up his 50 with a six. He holed out next ball though, and with the score 141-4 there was still work to be done.

Sherwin Govendar chipped in with a 30 run cameo in his final outing before leaving the Army.

But without doubt the linchpin of the Army innings was Green, carrying his bat throughout to guide his team to the title.

Army 2017 cricket win vs RAF

His 91 not out saw the Army to a four wicket victory - just one highlight of an eventful deciding inter-services match. Click above to see all the action!

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