Navy Development Cricketers Battle To Win In Portsmouth

The Royal Navy bounced back from defeat against the Royal Marines with a 29-run victory in a T20 match over Old Netley & Highfield.

The Royal Navy development cricket team bounced back from defeat to the Royal Marines with a win at Burnaby Road in Portsmouth.

They beat Old Netley & Highfield, who are from Hampshire, in a T20 match.

An impressive score of 75 runs from wicket-keeper Kieren Davis helped the Navy to a 29-run win.

It was the military men who won the toss and elected to bat first but they made a bad start.

Their opener, Matthew Williams, was out for just two runs with Ahmad Hosainy taking the catch at 9-1.

Jacob Mikurenda tried to stabilise things but he was run out for a score of 23 as the Navy batsman started to crumble.

That brought Davis out to the crease and he started to rack up the runs with nine runs and two sixes before he was bowled out for 75 by Matthew Scragg.

Jack Bell did his best to join Davis in the half-century club but time ran out as he ended the innings on 42 runs.

That meant the Navy had set a target of 174-5 – an impressive score but they needed a good fielding performance to see out the win.

The military side were up to that challenge, as Old Netley & Highfield opener Delano Williams was run out by Nick Brooks for a duck after just three balls.

When Jack Bell took a catch in the field to dismiss Dean Hadley, the Navy had limited their opponents to just 16-2.

However, Greg Wilkins did not give up for the visitors and dragged them out of a tricky spell with a good score.

By the time he was ran out by Brooks for 57 off 54 balls, Old Netley & Highfield were up to 55-3.

They still needed some high scores but some controlled bowling by the Navy limited the attack.

Bell, Brooks and Karl Pritchard all picked up wickets as the batsmen struggled to get into double figures.

At the end of their 20 overs, they were still well off their target, at 145-6, meaning the Navy were back to winning ways.

Cover image: (Picture: Brian J Smith).