For the second time, the Brigade of Gurkhas (BG) Cricket team entered the competition and were drawn into a tough group. The opponents, The Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) and the Royal Engineers (RE).

Our first match was against the RAC who decided to bat first, and despite some very good bowling, set a target of 189 runs in 20 overs. Despite the tough target, the BG openers set the run rate and built a fine platform for the middle order to open-up and take some risks to score runs. The game went to the last over requiring 9 from 6 balls. It went to the last ball, with the BG requiring 2 to win. With Rifleman Saroj Basnet at the crease, calmy playing a fine shot to win the game. Securing a fantastic win, boosted the spirits of the team, ready to take on the challenge of the RE in the second game.

However, the RE proved to be a mighty opponent, scoring 194 runs. This time, with exceptionally good bowling by the RE, restricted the BG batters from scoring quickly and struggled to keep up with the required run rate. Unfortunately, the team finished with 140 runs, falling way short of the set total by the RE.

The Annual Army Inter-Corps T20 Cricket Competition
The Annual Army Inter-Corps T20 Cricket Competition

Despite the loss, the team progressed to the Plate semi-finals against the Royal Signals. This match occurred the following day, on another hot and humid day, the BG’s team were once again fielding first. Strong bowling and good fielding saw the Royal Signals score 164-6. Despite the achievable figure, the Royal Signals delivered a fine bowling and fielding display, restricting the run rate and ultimately beating the BG team.

Despite this, the team walk away delighted with the outcome of the tournament, showcasing some fine cricketing talent across the Brigade and a strong end to a fantastic season of Cricket. If you wish to get involved with the BG Cricket team, inform Major Bhandari (Quartermaster Gurkha ARRC Support Battalion), as the team has an exciting forecast of events for the 2024 season.

By Captain Connor Norris, Gurkha ARRC Support Battalion