Fragment of shrapnel from a 107 mm rocket, 2006
A cricket match between English and Australian soldiers was played on 25 October 2006 in Basra, Iraq. Undertaken to mark the Ashes Test series, the match ended with a victory for the Australians. England made 109 for 9 off their 30 overs, but the Australians responded with 113 runs off 27.5 overs. The soldiers involved came from a variety of units. Trooper Baker of the Australian Light Horse was named man of the match.
Played on coconut matting surrounded by desert, at one stage the game had to be held up while this piece of shrapnel from a Chinese 107 mm rocket was removed from the outfield!
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