England have completed a glorious double over old rivals Australia thanks to the Barmy Army Cricket club’s series victory over Aussie fans, The Fantatics, in the Bombardier Fans Ashes.

The Barmy Army sealed a well-deserved win in the final game at Sudbury to take the five-match series 3-1 – knocking off 145-1 in reply to the Fanatics’ 144 all out.

After the game the two sides supped a refreshing pint of Bombardier before setting fire to the stumps and bails to produce the first Fans Ashes Urn.


The games between the two sets of fans have taken place before each Test match in both England and Australia since 2006.

Emily Hudson, marketing manager at Wells & Young’s, who own and brew Bombardier, said: ‘The Fans Ashes has been just as dramatic as the professional series, with plenty of twists and truns along the way. We wanted to do something to support the fans series, but also give the guys something to play for every year.

‘English sport has had a fantastic summer and we’re delighted that the Barmy Army Cricket Club will be taking home the first ever Fans Ashes Urn.’

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