Cricket

Army cricket holds women's taster tournament

An Inter Corps tournament in Aldershot gave novices and returning players a chance to compete.

The Army Cricket Association has held a women's tournament designed to get more soldiers involved with the sport.

The Inter Corps competition was accompanied by a training camp as the Army searched for more players to bolster their sport.

Some of these new players could take part in a historic moment as 2022 will mark the first time a forces women's match will be played at Lord's Cricket Ground.

"I think it's well overdue that women get to play where the men have been playing for many years," said the Army's team manager Major Mel Vaggers.

"The fact that the women's rugby players got to play at Twickenham and we're playing at Lord's – I think it's great."

The match comes on 16 June – the same day as the men's Inter Services T20 tournament which will be shown live by BFBS.

The training camp and tournament in Aldershot provided the start of a player's journey to the home of English cricket.

"It's been a really good uptake recently," said Army captain Lieutenant Connie Cant.

"I think we're finding our feet with it, definitely, with an uptake of new and excited players.

"We had such a good response from a lot of units and I think the more response we get, the bigger it will get."