British Army (Germany) in the Netherlands
The BA(G) cricket team got off to a start that the management could not have anticipated. Travelling to Brunsum in Holland to play Dutch Second division side Heerlen, the BA(G) side had met 2 days earlier at JHQ for a training camp led by BA(G) and German National team coach Sgt Pat Legge. Using the newly finished net facilities the squad put their time to good use, facing deliveries at up to 85mph from the bowling machine, as well as fielding drills, meetings to discus tactics and strategy.
The match started well with Captain Rafakat Mamood winning the toss and electing to field in damp and cold conditions that would have suited rugby better than cricket. But with Andy Bishop making the batsman play and miss from the first ball and Billy Williams bowling well measured left arm medium pace Heerlen looked in trouble from early on.
Steve Haynes snatched a catch a leg slip to start the wickets tumbling as the BA(G) completed a smash and grab job that left the hosts reeling. Legge was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets for 2 runs off 2 overs with one maiden! Inside 19 overs the Dutch side had collapsed to 59 all out, and BA(G) congratulating themselves on a job well done.
In reply Williams knocked a sure fire 41 not out and Kirby ably assisted as the openers knocked off the required total in 8.1 overs giving the BA(G) side a 10 wicket win. 'It has been a superb start to the season,' said Coach Legge, 'We thought they would put up more of a fight and be stronger, but this proves that BA(G) can be a force to be reckoned with this season, and that the training we put in has paid dividends.'