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20 WORLD NEWS
Army October 14, 2010
By Cpl Zenith King
TWO great cricketing nations took
part in a backyard cricket match at Kot
Addu in Pakistan last month.
About 20 Australian personnel
deployed on Operation Pakistan Assist
II were given a lesson in cricket by
the Pakistan military when it beat the
Australian Medical Task Force (AMTF)
2-0 in their first competitive match on
Pakistan batted first and made 79 runs
off eight overs with a loss of four wickets.
Australia battled it out in an attempt to
take the lead but fell short in only making
Spr Branko Sola, 2CER, said although
it was a close first match, it took a while
to understand the rules.
"The first match was a little confus-
ing because we didn't establish the rules
before we started," Spr Sola said.
"By the second one we knew what
was going on and did everything we
could to try and even the score."
There were more than 40 specta-
tors by the second match, eager to see if
Australia could level the playing field.
But after only 30 minutes, Pakistan
took the lead winning by two overs and
Spr Sola, 2CER, played in the sec-
ond cricket match and said it was a great
"Playing against the Pakistan military
"It was a good way to relax and inter-
act with each other away from our normal
work environment," he said
Air Force chaplain Wg-Cmdr Mark
Willis organised the event and said it had
been on the cards since AMTF deployed
"Ever since we got here there has been
a lot of interest from the Pakistan military
to have a game of cricket," Wg-Cmdr
"It was something that the guys at
Camp Cockatoo were keen to do as well.
"We had a big response and ended up
with two teams and 22 players."
Wg-Cmdr Willis said the match
allowed deployed personnel to do some-
thing a little different.
"We are doing it pretty tough out here.
We are working with people who are sick
and not doing so well and that can get
people down. This was a way to lift their
Spr Sola said he was not concerned
about losing. "Regardless of the result I
felt like we won anyway."
Results: A 5/71 off eight overs; P 4/79 off eight
overs; A 3/59 off seven overs; P 5/64 off five overs
Spinning out: Spr Mick Gardener shows
his style with the ball (above).
Photo by Cpl Zenith King
Well played: Col Salman Rafique of
the Pakistan Army shakes hands with
Wg-Cmdr Ross Wadsworth, Commander
JTF 636, at the end of the match (left).
Photo by PO Damian Pawlenko
Firm strike: AC James Wood drives off the back
foot during the cricket game. Photo by Cpl Zenith King
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