Royal Artillery lose to Navy in cricket friendly

Published on POIS Phil Cullinan (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer), LCPL Sebastian Beurich (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Seaman Josh Kedwell from the Royal Australian Navy Cricket team smashes the ball during a friendly games of cricket while touring Australia as part of the Captain-General's Baton tour of the world. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)
Seaman Josh Kedwell from the Royal Australian Navy Cricket team smashes the ball during a friendly games of cricket while touring Australia as part of the Captain-General's Baton tour of the world.

The Royal Australian Navy has bounced back from a rough start for a four-wicket win against the touring British Army Royal Artillery Cricket Club last Friday. 
 
The Twenty20 match was hosted at HMAS Harman after the Navy accepted the Army's challenge as they mark the 300th anniversary of the Royal Regiment of Artillery with a world tour of the Captain General’s Baton.
 
Navy sent the gunners into bat where the tourists plied on 129 runs after reaching 20 overs in the face of a spirited Navy field that kept runs to a premium. 
 
In response, the Navy was in early trouble with the Gunners taking early wickets before a middle order fightback saw the home side take a the win at the end of the 18th over. 
 
Lieutenant Commander Richard Austin said the the match came about through personal contacts between Navy and Artillery Club. 
 
“A request was sent out to all Navy Cricketers and also a wider audience to garner interest for games in Canberra and Sydney,” he said. 
 
“Fortunately, we were able to pull together two squads for the games and great to come away with a win after the first match. 
 
“An interesting side note is one of the earliest games played by the Royal Artillery Cricket Club was against an I Zingari side in the UK and the RAN mid-week cricket competition was the I Zingari Shield.
 
Petty Officer Eric Mellberg said the game was played in a good spirit after a thunderstorm earlier in the day.
 
"It was an excellent opportunity to represent Navy, and to walk away with a victory is always satisfying against the Poms,” he said.
 
Brigadier Jez Bennett, said he enjoyed the comraderie between the Queen’s service teams.
 
“It has been great being here in Canberra and it is especially significant for us all remembering it has been 100 years since Gallipoli and the other campaigns of the First World War in which we fought alongside the Australian Forces,” Brigadier Bennett said. 
 
“We have been extremely well looked after in Canberra, really enjoyed visiting RMC Duntroon, and are now heading off to Sydney with the Captain General's Baton for our last few games. 

“We will then hand it on to our Royal Artillery rugby colleagues for their New Zealand and Fiji leg.”
 
The Royal Regiment of Artillery is celebrating its 300th Anniversary and will be conducting a west to east circumnavigation of the globe, starting at their birthplace in Woolwich, United Kingdom in mid-2015, and finishing at their Regimental home in Larkhill, United Kingdom.
 
The Captain General's Baton will travel around the world – consistent with The Regiment's motto ‘Ubique’ (Everywhere) in 2015/16. 
 
A message of Loyal Greetings to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, who is the Captain General, will be placed inside the Baton for the circumnavigation which will go via the countries of the Commonwealth and principal allies. 
 
The Baton will be presented to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II upon its return to the United Kingdom.