Cricket - Army march to a comfortable win over Hunts

Skipper David Clarke made 32.
Skipper David Clarke made 32.
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Hunts were soundly beaten by the Army in their second friendly match of the season at Aldershot yesterday (June 25).

Huntingdonshire were bowled out for 237 in 48.3 overs and the Army reached 240-2 in 40.2 overs.

On a flat pitch affording little help to the bowlers, Hunts won the toss and elected to bat. But the visitors did not post a high enough score to seriously test the servicemen.

There was a solid enough start from Hunts as skipper David Clarke and Tom McCarthy posted a first wicket stand of 52 but once Clarke had departed for 32, none of the next three early order Hunts batsmen reached double figures as they slumped to 79 for 4.

Benji Thomas, who was to top score with 87 including 52 in boundaries, arrived at the crease to take on the home bowlers and with McCarthy the fifth wicket stand of 76 gave Hunts some hope.

However, McCarthy was out for a patient 65 before wicket-keeper Josh Bowers joined Thomas for a sixth wicket stand of 55 and at 210 for 7 the visitors were hoping that the tail enders could swell the total.

However, the final four wickets added only 27 runs and Hunts were out for 237 nine balls short of their allocated 50 overs.

Narayan finished with 4-37 and opening bowler Varley with 3-25.

The Army reply was effective from the start with an opening stand of 73, with Baczkievicz contributing 22, but the match was effectively won with a second wicket stand of 162 between home skipper Green (106) and Varley, who remained unbeaten on 86 as the home side strolled to victory with almost ten overs to spare.

The Hunts bowlers had a torrid time with Gary Mills finishing with 1-40 and the other wicket coming from a run out.