Result: The Army won by 91 runs

Team batting first: Army

Batsman How out Bowler Score
1 Reed C  + Ct Salter Smith 0
2 Fletcher L Ct Carson J Smith 11
3 Carmichael T Bowled Vila 69
4 Wiseman G Ct Carson T Vila 24
5 Boynton J  * Ct Salter Gravett 14
6 Lester T Bowled McLean 23
7 Bali V Not Out 52
8 Hill U Ct McLean Whyte 8
9 Simon M Run Out 0
10 Booth S Ct Gravett McLean 18
11 Christie A Bowled McLean 0
Extras 28
For 10 wickets (45 overs) 247
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Smith 7 1 42 2
Gravett 10 0 45 1
Vila 10 1 45 2
McLean 8 1 44 3
Whyte 6 1 36 1
Bowry 2.1 0 10 0
Carson J 1.5 0 24 0

Team batting second: Stragglers of Asia

Batsman How out Bowler Score
1 Grace G  Run Out 29
2 McLean R (g) Ct Simon Boynton 17
3 Salter I  + Bowled Simon 11
4 Carson T (g) Ct Simon Carmichael 36
5 Carson J (g) Ct Wiseman Boynton 17
6 Cavanagh J  * Ct Lester Boynton 13
7 Bowry S LBW Boynton 0
8 Smith K (g) LBW Boynton 5
9 Gravett W (g) Not Out 6
10 Vila T Bowled Boynton 0
11 Whyte T LBW Boynton 0
Extras 22
For 10 wickets (33 overs) 156
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Christie 2 0 19 0
Hill 5 0 19 0
Booth 6 1 13 0
Boynton 10 0 46 7
Simon 5 0 28 1
Carmichael 5 0 26 1

Report:

On a very warm and sunny day Stragglers assembled at the Army cricket ground at Aldershot for a 50-over, powerplay, fielding restrictions format match against the Army as part of their preparation for the Inter Services competition in early August.  Fair to say the Army squad morning warm-up routine was more impressive than the Stragglers’…

Army won the toss and elected to bat.  Smith in his first match as a guest for the Stragglers took a wicket with his second ball, and another not long after, to good catches by Salter behind the stumps and James Carson at gully.  Carmichael began very robustly (members will recall that Carmichael had a successful game as a guest for the Stragglers last year, against IZ Australia, with a good spell of his off-spin and a very aggressive 59) but with the fall of more wickets at the other end, somewhat went into his shell.  Wiseman also attacked from the off (again members might recall the name: Wiseman, a Combined Services as well as Army player, smashed a brutal 147* out of 197-3 for Royal Artillery against the Stragglers in the 2015 match at Ascott Park).  Both fell to Vila in his very shrewd spell, a superb 2-45 from 10 in the middle overs.  Gravett, Whyte and guest Reagan McLean (coach to the Army squad and brother of Nixon) also bowled very well, given the quality of the batting.  The Army innings lost some momentum once Carmichael went; alas Stragglers failed to take a handful of chances and with that slipped the opportunity to roll over the Army for under 200, in the end Bali and Straggler Steve Booth adding 69 in 9 overs for the 9th wicket.  

Stragglers openers Grace and McLean started brightly, but alas McLean fell earlier than Stragglers wished.  In a very well-worked 29 Grace looked easily the most comfortable of the Stragglers batters, picking off the swift Simon at every opportunity, but with Salter already gone, when Grace fell to a run-out the chase was looking rather more of a stretch for the Stragglers.  The brothers Carson, guests introduced to the club this year by Ben Rogers, both batted well in the middle order, having earlier fielded well, taking a good sharp catch each.  With his own-brand bat Tom hit some very long balls – three 4s and three 6s in his 32-ball 36.  Cavanagh hit a couple of good boundaries but there was not much resistance thereafter, spinner Boynton finishing with a 7-fer.

An enjoyable, memorable day of cricket.  Some disappointment with our catching and our batting; we allowed the Army more runs than we ought and later we lost our best batter to a run out and our bottom half fell away pretty quickly.  But we had our moments from the start and for most of the way through, offering at least some food for thought for the Army squad.

Whyte prepares to bowl at a leafy and lush Aldershot