Navy cricketers have met in Sydney for trials and are now in Canberra preparing to take on the Army and RAAF in the 2013 Australian Services National Cricket Carnival.
Trials were held at the Sydney Cricket Ground Indoor Cricket School alongside the England team who were training there in preparation for the first Ashes Test Match.
The Navy squad has played two challenging warm up games against Canberra Grammar School and North Canberra Gungahlin Cricket Club (NCGCC), and was narrowly beaten on both occasions.
In the superb grounds of Canberra Grammar School Navy set the schoolboys 181 runs to win with a notable performance by opening batsman Able Seaman Marine Technician Matt Lyons (HMAS Parramatta) who scored 40 runs. Unfortunately there were no partnerships of note and Navy lost regular wickets and was bowled out for a below par score. The total was chased down with few overs to spare, but the bowlers really failed to get on top and a young left hand opening bat for the school dominated with 70 not out.
Against NCGCC, Navy bowled first and restricted the opposition to 206 runs off 40 overs, but fell 10 runs short in a chase that lost momentum in the middle of the innings. Once again ABMT Matt Lyons was the standout performer for Navy with 75 runs sharing an opening partnership of 120 with Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Chris Cox (Fleet Support Unit-West) who scored 36.
The Navy trained hard at the Manuka Oval nets on Tuesday, 19 November, ahead of their first 50 Over game against RAAF, which is being played today at Chisholm Oval. The team has been well prepared by the coaching staff, led by Lieutenant Commander Guy Lewis (FSU-W), to hopefully make a winning start to the tournament.
“Navy is looking to end a drought of 6 years without winning the National Carnival,” LCDR Lewis said.
“On paper, this is the strongest Navy team we have been able to select in four years,” he said.