Air Force no match for Navy on opening day

This article has photo gallery Published on Royal Australian Navy (author), LSBM Andrew Cleghorn (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra, ACT

Topic(s): Cricket

Navy Cricket Captain Able Seaman Al Kristensen with RAAF Cricket Captain and ASCA Umpires at the coin toss.
The Navy Cricket Team won its first game in four years against either of the other two services when the team beat the RAAF in Canberra yesterday.  (photo: LSBM Andrew Cleghorn)
Navy Cricket Captain Able Seaman Al Kristensen with RAAF Cricket Captain and ASCA Umpires at the coin toss. The Navy Cricket Team won its first game in four years against either of the other two services when the team beat the RAAF in Canberra yesterday.

The Navy Cricket Team won its first game in four years against either of the other two services when the team beat the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in Canberra this week.

After winning the toss and taking to the field first, Navy got off to a flying start - taking early wickets and putting the opposition batsmen under great pressure.

Some excellent fielding and catching supported the bowling of veteran cricketers Lieutenant Commander Guy Lewis and Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, who each took four wickets a piece as the airmen limped to a total of 173 off only 41 overs.

What should have been a relatively easy run chase on a good wicket was made hard by the Navy batsmen who lost wickets regularly. Navy cricket captain Able Seaman Al Kristensen stood up though, and made a solid 61 runs whilst wickets regularly fell around him.

When he was out, thanks to an outstanding ‘one-handed caught and bowled’, the Navy were still 34 runs short with the last pair at the crease.

Able Seaman Daniel Kelleher batted well for 19 not out, with the player/coach Lieutenant Commander Guy Lewis (9 runs not out) to see off the total and get the Baggy Blues across the line with seven overs to spare.

Earlier, Rear Admiral Mark Campbell, the Australian Services Cricket Association President, presented two new ‘Baggy Blue’ caps to Lieutenant Rod Weeks and Leading Seaman Chris Cox. He wished the team the best of luck and said it has been too long since Navy had had a win in the Australian Services National Cricket Carnival competition.

Navy will now play Army tomorrow and Coach, Lieutenant Commander Guy Lewis, said he will be looking for the batsmen to take more responsibility.

“Navy now has a great opportunity to win the National Carnival for the first time in six years,” he said.