Cricket: Army Development Team Beat Fire Service In Season Opener

Oliver Cross impressed with the bat as the Army team displayed their first team credentials with an impressive win.

Army development cricketers proved their first team quality with a commanding victory against the Fire Service in Aldershot.

Oliver Cross hit an impressive 90 runs as the Army finished their 20 overs at 182-6.

That target was too difficult for the Fire Service, giving the Army a very good win.

The team are designed to bring players through to the Army senior set-up.

"We've had some massive success over the last couple of years with the amount of players that have come through to play for the first team," said team manager, Major Frank Greenwood, who is hoping it will continue this year.

"Personally, I'd be happy with six or seven more of the development players playing for the first team – that's success for us, really.

"Winning the Inter Services – obviously, it's important to get one up on our friends but getting more people in the first team will still be our main goal," he added.

The current skipper of the development team is Captain Tom Frost who is hoping a summer of fixtures will allow his players to prove themselves.

He said: "The Army development team is a great opportunity for that talent to demonstrate their skills in slightly more competitive matches.

"All of the players currently in the first team have been through that development system, so it's a really good feeder."

He continued: "Some players' skillsets sit primarily towards white ball or T20 cricket.

"We play our red ball cricket in the 50-overs format. It's all about identifying which players are the best for each format.

"As the captain of the development team, I want to win the Inter Services – both the T20 and 50-overs."

He says selection is "fairly fluid" and that having a "big pool of players to pick from" gives "great options".

One of the Army development fixtures scheduled for the summer will see the side face international talent.

Maj Greenwood said: "Probably our biggest game is against England Disability game down in Aldershot on the 27 June.

"England Disability – it speaks for itself - they will be really tough. We enjoy playing that game.

"It's a fantastic fixture and we will get a lot out of it. That's my highlight of the summer."