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Rifles battle it out on cricket pitch
THE 4 RIFLES Brigade Advisory Group cricket team took on the mighty 3/215 Brigade team in an all out 20/20 match in Afghanistan.
The game kicked off with the home side commencing the batting on the Afghan cricket pitch (which doubled up as the football pitch).
Fielding on the rocky ground was tough for the 4 RIFLES team who are more used to the greener pastures of English cricket grounds.
With the boundaries so close to the wicket, many a four was scored due to the ball hitting loose rocks and evading the fielders.
Bowling was made more bearable with a carpet laid out on the wicket to prevent wild ball deflections and the wickets soon started to mount up, with most of the ANA getting caught out.
Lieutenant Luke Bowdidge managed to rack up two wickets in one over to everyone’s amazement, despite getting hit for six twice and bowling a number of wides prior.
The Afghan team managed to set a very good score with 186 runs for 9 wickets.
After a short water break, Captain Kempley Buchan- Smith and Captain Ed Harris opened the batting to attempt to get the RIFLES in a good position to rack up the runs.
Unfortunately this hope was short lived; after the second ball was bowled, Capt Harris was bowled out.
Despite the slow start they soon started getting the runs in. But after all 20 overs were bowled, they were 40 runs short and lost the game.
It was a significant improvement on the last match back in May, and 4 RIFLES now have high hopes for the third and final game, to be played soon.
The Afghan Brigade commander watched the match with a good crowd behind him. It was a strong effort by both sides and good to further develop the strong relationship that has been have forged over the last five months.
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