Cricket

Army Cricketers Beat England Disability Team In Aldershot

A 28-run victory gave the Army confidence against an international opponent.

The Army Development cricket team enjoyed a morale-boosting victory over an England Disability side in Aldershot.

The T20 fixture saw the Army set a target of 139/8 which England fell short of in their innings.

The win by 28 runs saw a number of development players stake a claim for a spot in the senior Inter Services competitions.

The Army won the toss and chose to bat first with the partnership of Captain Tom Frost and Matthew O'Connor giving them a dominant hold of the match.

They scored 88 runs before the first wicket when Capt Frost fell for a score of 47 runs from 34 balls.

Ollie Cross and Vernon Naker couldn't get going at the crease and were both quickly dismissed by England bowler Ben Sutton.

O'Connor would also be caught out by Jordan Dore for 47 runs and the Army middle order stuttered from there.

They scored only 28 runs before the end of their innings, giving England a bit of hope.

The Army team were preparing for the Inter Services with this fixture.

However, the Army made a great start with the ball when Jamie Goodwin was dismissed with the first delivery of the innings.

A good bowling performance from Naker saw him take two wickets as England's batting order was dismantled.

They ended on a score of 111/6 from their 20 overs meaning the Army were victorious.

After the win, Capt Frost, the Army team captain, praised their opponents.

"Getting to play against the England Disability team is an honour and a privilege," he said.

"It really feels special and it is a special day.

"It was a really tough game and they've got some really skilful players.

"It provides a unique challenge and one that, luckily, we've risen to today," he added.