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Army Win 2016 Inter-Services T20 At Lord's

Article by John-Paul Tooth The Army have won the 2016 Inter-Services Twenty20 Tournament at Lord's Cricket Ground after beating both the RAF...

Article by John-Paul Tooth
 
The Army have won the 2016 Inter-Services Twenty20 Tournament at Lord's Cricket Ground after beating both the RAF and Royal Navy.
 
The showpiece event in the forces cricketing season, it was staged a month earlier than in recent summers, giving the teams little time to prepare. 
 
But that certainly didn't prevent the forces sides from playing a high standard of cricket.
 
 
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The Army and RAF captains kicked things off at the start of the day, with the Army putting their opponents in first after winning the toss.
 
And it paid off, as they chased down 149, posting 153-8.
 
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The Army's Josh Cooper (centre) told us after the game it was a "good victory", and that he hoped the result would set them up well for a win over the Navy. "Confidence is high", he added.
 
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The interval, meanwhile, provided the opportunity for schoolchildren to get a taste of what it's like to play on the famous Lord's pitch - aided by some military coaches..
 
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Next up - The RAF vs the Royal Navy.
 
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Forces TV's Jon Knighton caught up with Royal Navy skipper Lt Cdr Jonathan Parker before the game, and asked him about his side's preparations.
 
 
The RAF kicked things off - and they did their part, racking up an impressive 209 runs for the Navy to chase..
 
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And it proved insurmountable - the Navy bowled out in the final over for 124, well short of their target.
 
Next up were the Duke of York's Royal Military School, who provided the entertainment ahead of the final game - the Army vs the Navy.
 
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The Navy kicked things off, posting 126-4 - Ben Kohler-Cadmore top scoring with 46.
 
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But in the end, the Army were too strong... Keep your eyes on Forces TV tomorrow for all the reaction, highlights and more.
 
The chosen beneficiary charity of the day, meanwhile was SSAFA - The Armed Forces Charity.
 
It helps servicemen and women, their families, veterans and those still serving.
 
The charity was hoping the day's collections could get them closer to their fundraising target of £6.7 million by the end of the year.
 
You can find out more about its work here.