Cricket

RAF Prepare For Title Defence At England Training Centre

The men's, women's and development squads trained at the England Cricket Board's National Performance Centre.

The Royal Air Force's cricketers have been making the most of the world-class facilities used by the England national side, as the men's team prepare to defend their Inter Services title.

The men, women and development players were honing their skills at Loughborough University - the site of the England Cricket Board's National Performance Centre.

The men's side is looking to capitalise upon its win at Lord's last summer - beating the Navy and the Army to win the inter-services T20 tournament at the Home of Cricket in the Air Force's centenary year.

The 2019 competition was officially launched earlier this month.

One of the players, Corporal Tom Fairclough, is feeling confident:

"I don't think there's much nerves knocking around, people are just looking forward to getting there now."

Indoor practice for the men's batsmen.

Meanwhile, the RAF women's side will be hoping for their first win at Inter Services level since 2012.

The team have been building a team around experienced campaigners like, Corporal Eli Dey, who has been involved for 14 years and currently captains the side.

The skipper says they are now four years into the five-year plan developed by the head coach:

"Hopefully by next season we'll be coming back with a trophy."

The men's Inter Services T20 tournament is at Lord's on Thursday 30 May, while the women play on Thursday 25 July.

Time for a team huddle to discuss plans.