Army Foundation College Harrogate have won this year’s Army Minor Units Cricket title after beating ARRC Support Battalion by 55 runs in Aldershot. 

A man of the match display from Kevin McDelling inspired Harrogate to victory, scoring a half century as they reached 158 before helping to skittle his opponents out for just 103.

Thunderstorms over Aldershot the night before had meant plenty of moisture in the air but ARRC Support Battalion failed to exploit the conditions and it was AFC Harrogate who got off to a lightning start with the bat.

The Yorkshire-based side were keeping the scoreboard moving along and at one point were scoring at 8 runs an over.

The catalyst for the rapid accumulation of runs was Kevin McDelling. The South African has starred for The Rifles and Infantry this season and reached his half century with a measured shot to the boundary. 

But in the end, Harrogate were all out for 158. Not the biggest of totals - would it be enough?

As the reply got underway the prevailing weather conditions looked to favour those fielding. 

And so it proved. McDelling finishing the job he started with the bat, steering his side to a comfortable 55-run win.

And with the unit boasting a handful of teenagers within the ranks grassroots cricket looks to be in safe hands.

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