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Latest : Updated 22 June 2012

Inter Services Twenty20 Press Release
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Under sunny skies and Lord’s looking at its very best, the Royal Air Force retained their Inter Services Twenty20 crown on 19 Jun 2012. The three contests were played out in front of a lively crowd that enjoyed the high standard of competitive cricket that was on offer. In addition, local school children were given the opportunity to play Kwik Cricket on the outfield during the first interval and the crowd was entertained by the Royal Artillery Band in the second interval.

The first game of the tournament set the scene for an exciting day with the Royal Navy scoring 132 runs off their allotted 20 overs for the loss of 4 wickets. In reply, the Army matched the Royal Navy’s score off the last ball having also lost 4 wickets. A tied game that required the umpires and tournament officials to reach back in to the scorebook to see who had won. After a few moments of stunned silence from the crowd, it was announced that the Royal Navy had won; the result being determined on which team had the better run rate after 10 overs. A truly memorable start to the tournament that served to set the standard for the rest of the day.

The second game saw the Army look to regroup against the Royal Air Force. Batting first, the Army lost early wickets and the Royal Air Force maintained the pressure throughout by attacking the batting with aggressive bowling and fielding. This resulted in a below par Army score of 44 all out. In reply, the Royal Air Force was made to struggle early on with aggressive Army bowling pinning the Royal Air Force batsmen back before finally scoring the runs required for the loss of 1 wicket.

The final game saw the two unbeaten sides come together. Having won the toss, the Royal Navy batted first and the two openers made the most of their opportunity with both scoring deserved half centuries. The second half of the innings faltered slightly as wickets started to tumble but a final score of 147 seemed certain to challenge the Royal Air Force. In reply, the Royal Air Force batted steadily, maintaining the required run rate before some explosive hitting from the middle order gained the advantage and ensured victory in the penultimate over.

For the second year running, Flight Lieutenant Matt Compton received the Energy Plus Management Ltd Inter Services Twenty20 Trophy from Mr Mike Griffith (Chairman of the MCC Cricket Committee and MCC President (Designate)) and held it aloft to rapturous applause in front of the Pavilion. Also, for the second year running, Senior Aircraftsman Graeme Cessford was awarded the Player of the Tournament for his all round contribution of aggressive opening bowling, big hitting middle order batting and fine fielding in the deep.

The opportunity to play at Lord’s is one that is relished by every cricketer and this year’s tournament served to display the very best of the available service talent on the most renowned cricketing stage while raising funds for Combat Stress, the chosen charity partner. It could not have been achieved without the unswerving support of the MCC; the IST20 event sponsors Heineken and BFBS; the ball sponsor Sodexo; the myriad of event partners that agreed to the sponsorship package; and to Cricketworld, the IST20 media partner.

Match 1 - Royal Navy won the toss and chose to bat

Royal Navy 132 for 4 (20 overs)
Needham 37, Green 29, Thompson 27
Hudson 3 for 20
Army 132 for 4 (20 overs
Varley 37, Webb 34
Pollard 2 for 18

Match tied – Royal Navy won on faster run rate during the first 10 overs

Match 2 – Army won the toss and chose to bat

Army 44 all out (14.5) overs
Webb 13
Cessford 3 for 7, Edmed 2 for 8
Royal Air Force 46 for 1 (8.4 overs)
Adcock 22 not out
Hudson 1 for 16
Royal Air Force won by 9 wickets  

Match 3 – Royal Navy won the toss and chose to bat

Royal Navy 147 for 4 (20 overs) Royal Air Force 149 – 4 (19 overs)
Thompson 52, Evans 52 not out Cessford 56, Fisher 23, Watson 21
Cessford 1 for 13 Storey 2 for 15

Royal Air Force won by 6 wickets


Notes to editors:
The Inter Services Twenty20 Tournament is a triangular competition between the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force senior XI sides and is fiercely competed. It is one of a few tournaments that provides the opportunity to watch 3 games of high quality Twenty20 cricket in one day.

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