Army at ease on the green in Levy battle

Army Cricket XI captain Major Alex Senneck in action against Leverstock Green. Picture - Nick Taylor.
Army Cricket XI captain Major Alex Senneck in action against Leverstock Green. Picture - Nick Taylor.

LEVERSTOCK Green were given a batting masterclass by an Army Cricket XI as part of the club’s cricket week.

Green invited the army team to the club to raise funds for the Help for Heroes charity, with the two sides going head to head in a friendly match.

And from the off there was only going to be one winner as The Army XI – led by first team captain Major Alex Senneck – got to work putting the Levy batsmen to the sword.

The army side finished on a colossal total of 333 from their 50 overs, giving the Green batsmen little hope of reaching the target.

Major Tim Osman displayed his full range of shots on the way to his 133 runs.

In reply, Levy battled hard but were always going to find the going difficult against an army side which included a number of first team regulars.

Green got off to a promising start, but as the innings wore on, the Army Cricket XI proved too strong for Levy with the ball and the hosts were bowled out for just under 100.

Ben Parkes put in a good stint with the bat for Levy, racking up 24 runs.

Despite the defeat, though, Green can be proud of their efforts against a classy Army Cricket XI team who were brimming with talent.

Osman was named man of the match after his top knock in front of the appreciative crowd which included Hemel MP Mike Penning. Osman was presented with his trophy by Levy Green chairman Steve Wilson.

Following the official after-match speeches and presentations, an auction was held in the clubhouse to raise further money for Help for Heroes.

Lots including a holiday, West End theatre tickets , a signed Steve Finn cricket shirt and some Body Shop hampers were up for grabs.

A total of £1,800 was raised for Help for Heroes and this, along with Levy Green’s other fundraising events, is projected to raise well over £2,000 for the charity.