Cricket

Army Cricketers Beat Fire Service Ahead Of Inter Services

The team's momentum ahead of the Inter Services at Lord's has continued with a 70-run victory.

The Army’s T20 Inter Services preparations have continued with a win over the Fire Service.

The team will battle with the RAF and Navy at Lord’s on May 30 and have momentum following a 70-run win over the Fire Service.

The men in red will be looking to take back the Inter Services trophy after the Air Force’s victory in last season’s competition.

Against the Fire Service, the Army were batting first but lost Graham Wiseman to a Ross Allen catch after just 14 runs.

Connor Reed should have followed him back to the dressing room soon after, but the Firemen missed a great chance for a wicket after Mike Ponter failed to catch.

From there, Reed and his new partner Liam Fletcher rebuilt the Army’s innings. They picked up the run rate and took the score to 70 runs by the time Fletcher fell.

His audacious hit was looking for a six, but a superb catch in the deep was redemption for Ponter in the field.

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The performance of the Army bowlers will boost the team's confidence ahead of Lord's.

Reed was also walking soon after as Sam Baxter bowled him out to leave the Army at 85-3. Baxter was in top form and also saw off Varun Bali in the next over. That left the men in red wobbling at 92-4.

Army captain Jay Boynton helped the team recover again as part of a partnership with Denson Narayan. By the end of the innings, they had the Firemen a target of 170 runs to beat.

The Fire Service made a terrible start to their batting attempt, losing a wicket after just three balls. Ross Daynes was bowled out by Marlon Simon and Alex Christie also claimed a wicket to compound the Firemen’s bad start.

Boynton’s terrific catch meant Adam Cook fell for a wicket while Christie’s second success meant the score was at 36-3.

Nick Schofield picked up two wickets and the Fireman continued to tumble. They ended their batting 70 runs short meaning another win for the Army on their road to Lord’s.