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Barmy Army claim Bashes series win with drama to rival SCG finale

When Jimmy Anderson saw off Steve Smith’s final ball to ensure the fourth Ashes Test at the SCG was drawn, you’d have been forgiven for assuming you’d just witnessed the most dramatic finish that Sunday the 9th of January had to offer.

As it turns out, you’d have been wrong. More than 2,300 miles away at Ballajura Landsdale CC, in Perth, it took a super over to determine the result of the fifth and decisive match of The Bashes – with The Barmy Army coming out on top to retain the title.

The 2021/22 Bashes, a series of 5 T20s between the Barmy Army and our Australian counterparts the Richies that runs parallel to the Tests with a match in each of the original five host cities, started in Brisbane back in December and was level at 2-2 ahead of the final match in Perth.

A fantastic crowd of more than 150 turned up to watch and were not disappointed as both sides made 151 meaning a super over was needed to decide a winner.

Chasing 4 to win, the Perth Barmies secured the victory and a Bashes series triumph with five balls to spare.

However, as much we enjoy a series win and the bragging rights that come with it, that’s not what the Bashes is about.

More than $11,000 (£5.8k) was raised for charity throughout the series, with the Barmy Army raising money for Ruth Strauss Foundation and the Richies for the McGrath Foundation, and all five matches were played in brilliant spirit.

Traditionally, our XIs are made up of touring England fans but given the circumstances, it was down to the local supporters’ groups in each state and the Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth Barmies certainly did us proud.

“Can I take this opportunity to thank Michael and all of his supporters’ groups at the Richies, as well as all of our own,” said Barmy Army co-founder Dave ‘The General’ Peacock.

“You have done a fantastic job and certainly far exceeded our expectations of how well the Bashes were going to pan out without the benefit of thousands of travelling fans.

“It was greatly appreciated, we hope that the Richies will be able to make their first overseas tour to the U.K. in a couple of years but either way we look forward to renewing rivalries and acquaintances in 2025/26.”