Navy claims T20 victory to achieve ‘first ever’ clean sweep

Published on Royal Australian Navy (author), CPL Bill Solomou (photographer)

Navy cricket members celebrate a wicket as Bombardier Steven Watson walks back to the pavilion, during the Lindsay Hassett trophy final, played in Canberra. (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)
Navy cricket members celebrate a wicket as Bombardier Steven Watson walks back to the pavilion, during the Lindsay Hassett trophy final, played in Canberra.

In a thrilling game that went down to the last ball, Navy held their nerve to beat Army and become the first team to win both the 50-over and T20 trophies at the National Inter-Service Cricket Championships.

Navy won the toss and elected to bat. The boys in blue made slow progress in the first 10 overs, but, only lost two wickets to establish a great platform for the second half of the innings.

A 75 run partnership between Navy Skipper, Able Seaman Al Kristensen (46 runs) and Warrant Officer Gary Fuss (40 runs) enabled the “Baggy Blues” to set a total of 140 for Army to chase.

Army’s batsmen went about the challenge well, chipping away at the seven-runs-an-over target. But, they lost wickets at key stages as Navy’s bowlers bowled with discipline and were backed up by some good catching and fielding.

A fantastic spell of bowling over four overs from Able Seaman Kane Duncan saw him take four wickets for 27 runs, leaving Army needing 7 runs off the last over, with 4 wickets still in hand, to win.

In his final game for Navy, Warrant Officer Gary Fuss stepped up to bowl the last over. He only allowed the batsmen to score four runs and saw Navy across the line to win the game by three runs and take the ACM Angus Houston Cup from last year’s winners, the RAAF.

Warrant Officer Fuss was also named the T20 Player of the Tournament and took the bowling award for most wickets taken during the National Carnival. He said he was very proud.

“I am very proud of my achievements over 20 years of being involved in Navy Cricket, but this year has been special due to that great Navy Spirit that this team has demonstrated both on and off the field,” WO Fuss said.

Director of Navy Cricket, Lieutenant Commander Guy Lewis praised the contribution of Warrant Officer Fuss.

“Garry has been a great ambassador for Navy Cricket and his example shows everyone what can be achieved in sport with hard work and dedication.”

“His retirement from playing will be a real loss to the team next year, but it is time to find some new talent to lead the bowling attack,” LCDR Lewis said.

Warrant Officer Fuss has been appointed to the role of Coach for the Australian Combined Services Association side.