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Army Retain T20 Cricket Title In Dramatic Final Match

The championship was decided on net run rate after all three services won a match in the competition.

 

The Army have retained their Inter Services T20 Championship after a stunning batting performance against the Navy.

All three service teams could win the title going into the final game.

But the Army’s 110/3 was enough to seal a 2021 Inter Services double.

The Navy were into bat first and despite a steady start, the wickets began to fall.

Leo Buscombe (0), Jonathan Parker (14), Ben Johnston (4) and Brendan Streather (14) would have all expected to score more runs before their dismissals.

Even team captain Rob Wigley didn’t last long as he faced two balls and was bowled out by Army captain Jay Boynton for a duck.

The highest Navy scorer was Simon Morris for 27 runs and they finished on a score of 109/9.

That innings meant it was clear how each team could still win the title.

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If the Navy won the match, the title would be theirs.

If the Army won inside 12.2 overs, they’d be champions.

If the Army took longer than that to win, the RAF would take the trophy home.

That meant the Army needed immediate boundaries and Varun Bali provided that.

He hit three 4’s in the first over before Graham Wiseman was dismissed for just one run.

Bali would reach 42 runs before he swept a shot up for Wigley to catch at 58-2.

Tade Carmichael (7) didn’t add much to the score but it was the partnership of Liam Fletcher and Denson Narayan who took the Army over the line.

They got 47 runs between them and as the Army did it 9.3 overs, they won the title on net run rate.