Carmichael Magic Powers Army To IST20 Glory

Player of the tournament LCpl Tade Carmichael’s swashbuckling stroke-play lit up Lord’s and helped the Army to retain the IST T20 trophy in style. 

The left-handed batsman bludgeoned the ball to all corners of the Home of Cricket with two scintillating knocks against the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, as his side maintained their stranglehold on the competition. 

LCpl Tade Carmichael’s stroke-play lit up Lord’s and was one of the key factors in his side’s victory. Image courtesy of UKAF Cricket / © Andrew Fosker.

Individual Match Reports

RAF Battle Past The Navy Despite Watson and Johnston Heroics

Royal Navy vs RAF

RAF won by 3 runs

RAF 168-8; Royal Navy 165-6

Full scorecard

The tournament began on Tuesday 14 June at Aldershot CC when the Royal Air Force sneaked home against the Royal Navy by the merest of margins.  The Royal Air Force batted first in sweltering conditions and posted a competitive score of 168-8 from their allocated overs, thanks to SAC (T) Sam Beales (44), skipper SAC (T) Tom Shorthouse (36) and wicket-keeper Cpl Adam Sutcliffe (27).  Seamers Sgt Alvin Pollard (4-23) and AB CS Chef Jerron John (2-31) kept things tight with the ball. 

The Royal Navy seemed to be heading towards victory when LET Jack Watson (51) and skipper AB1 Ben Johnston (58) were together but both fell to the off-spin bowling of RAF Skipper Shorthouse (2-29). The Royal Navy needed 14 runs off the final over and the responsibility of bowling the final order was given to left-arm seamer Sgt Keiran Pearce, and he repaid SAC (T) Shorthouse’s faith by seeing his side home by three runs.

The Royal Air Force celebrating their narrow 3-run win which kept their IST T20 hopes alive. Image courtesy of UKAF Cricket / © Lee Crabb. 

Carmichael & Wiseman Keep Army on Course To Retain Title

Army vs Royal Navy

Army won by 43 runs

Army 171-8; Royal Navy 128-9

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The tournament recommenced a couple of days later at Lord’s and the weather conditions were perfect for cricket.  The first game of the day was the Army versus The Royal Navy.  The Army skipper Sgt Jay Boynton won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that looked made for batting.  His side posted a competitive 171-8 thanks mainly to a 103-run partnership for the third wicket by LCpl Tade Carmichael and Sgt Graham Wiseman that lit up the Home of Cricket.  Carmichael’s knock of 62 came off only 43 balls and included six fours and three huge sixes.  His partner Wiseman didn’t hang around either. He faced only 25 balls and stroked seven fours and one six.  Skipper Boynton also made an impact towards the end of the innings, finishing on 19 not out from 11 balls, with two sixes of his own.  Navy skipper AB1 Ben Johnston was the pick of the bowling and he finished with figures of 2-18 off his 4 overs. 

The Navy struggled in reply and lost wickets at regular intervals. Only LET Jack Watson put up any real resistance, and when he was caught by WO2 Urie Hill off the bowling of Sgt Narayan for a well-struck 69 of only 52 balls (registering his second half-century of the tournament) with the score on 108-7, the writing was on the wall for the Royal Navy, and they could only reach 128-9 off their allocated overs, going down by 43 runs.  Opening bowlers Cpl Connor Hodgson (3-14) and WO2 Urie Hill (2-24) were the pick of the Army bowlers. 

PO Aircrewman Carl Woolnough congratulates LET Jack Watson for reaching his 50 but it was all in vain as the Army proved too strong for the Royal Navy. Image courtesy of UKAF Cricket / © Andrew Fosker.

UKAF Women Leave Lord’s With The Spoils

MCC vs UK Armed Forces CC

UK Armed Forces CC won by 6 wickets

MCC 115-4; UKAF CC 116-4

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The next game featured a MCC Women’s XI versus a UKAF Women's XI.  It was the UKAF Women’s first game at Lord’s and they romped to an impressive 6-wicket win with 8 balls to spare.  UKAF skipper Lt Connie Cant won the toss and elected to field but the MCC XI got off to an excellent start with their top three batters all getting starts. Openers Hill (22) and Porter (33) put on 53 for the first wicket but then both fell in quick succession. Number three batter Trussler made a quickfire 29 from only 26 deliveries before being bowled by the impressive Lt RN Louise Worsfold who also took two catches and was responsible for the run-out of N Chaudhri. 

Sgt Amanda Potgieter bowled with excellent accuracy and she was rewarded with brilliant figures of 1-18 off her four overs.  

Chasing 116, the UKAF Women got off to a flier thanks to LCpl Georgie Cant and Cpl Gabie Clark.  Cant smashed 32 off only 24 balls in a knock that included three fours and a huge six. Her opening partner Cpl Gabbie Clark hit 20 off 16 balls, striking three fours.  Despite the 50-run opening partnership, UKAF Women then collapsed to 61-4, but Maj Melanie Vaggers (31 off 41 balls with two fours) and Lt Georgina Dean (20 off 22 balls with two fours) guided them home comfortably.

The UKAF Women’s Squad line up before their first ever game at the Home of Cricket. Image courtesy of UKAF Cricket / © Andrew Fosker. 

Left-to-right. Cpl Abbie Sullivan, Sgt 'Fish' Cadec-Trimmer hugging Maj Mel Vaggers, and LCpl Georgie Cant hugging Lt Georgina Dean moments after their 6-wicket victory. Image courtesy of UKAF Cricket / © Andrew Fosker. 

Carmichael and Fletcher Go Barmy as The Army Thrash The RAF To Retain Title

Army vs RAF

Army won by 62 runs

Army 168-7; RAF 106 all out

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The next and final game of the day was the IST T20 title decider between defending champions The Army and The Royal Air Force. 

The defending champions the Army won the toss and elected to bat, with skipper Sgt Boynton putting faith in his top order, but they got off to the worst possible start when Cpl Varyn Bali was out second ball, bowled by skipper SAC (T) Shorthouse for a duck.  LCpl Liam Fletcher (36) and LCpl Tade Carmichael then regrouped and put on a stand of 67 before Fletcher was dismissed by left-arm spinner Sgt Ashley Watson.  Fletcher’s dismissal didn’t deter Carmichael and he went on a surge, dispatching the RAF bowling to all four corners of the ground.  He was finally dismissed by SAC Tom Burnett but his enterprising knock of 74, which included nine fours and two massive sixes, seemed to seize the initiative for the Army and they finished on 168-8 which seemed like a strong total.  Burnett (2-37) and skipper Shorthouse (2-17) were undoubtedly the pick of the RAF bowlers. 

In reply, RAF skipper Shorthouse opened with Cpl Ross Diver (11) and the pair started brightly, but Shorthouse’s dismissal for 29 off 17 balls with the score on 42-1 signalled the start of a collapse and his side lost wickets at regular intervals. They were eventually bundled all out for 106, with only Flt Lt Chapman (14) and Fg Off Patel (15) getting into double figures in the middle / late order. 

The victory meant that the Army defended their title with a comfortable 62-run win. 

The Army celebrate their triumph after yet another fruitful IST T20 campaign. Image courtesy of UKAF Cricket / © Andrew Fosker.

Results round-up

Game 1. The Royal Air Force beat the Royal Navy by 3 runs.
Game 2. The Army beat the Royal Navy by 43 runs.
Game 3. UKAF Women’s XI beat the MCC Women’s XI by 6 wickets.
Game 4. The Army beat the Royal Air Force by 62 runs.

The player of the tournament award was awarded to LCpl Tade Carmichael who scored 136 runs from only 92 balls at a strike rate of 148 per 100 balls, but the Army were the stronger team all-round on the day and they thoroughly deserved their victory. 

The three services will now begin their preparations for the IST 50-over games that are scheduled for the beginning of August. 

Vice Admiral Andrew Burns CB OBE (Fleet Commander) presents LCpl Tade Carmichael with the player of the tournament award after the close of play. Image courtesy of UKAF Cricket / © Andrew Fosker.