The UK Armed Forces cricket team's preparations for the Inter Services suffered a setback as they lost by four wickets to MCC in a one-day fixture.
UKAF set a target of 257 runs in Portsmouth, but the MCC reached the total with five overs to spare and won by four wickets.
The military side won the toss and opted to bat, but started poorly. Liam Fletcher was dismissed by Miles Richardson making it 1-1.
His fellow opener Graham Wiseman was quick to follow. He cut the ball into the grateful catch of Graham Vernon with just twelve runs on the board for the team.
Ollie Smithson was celebrating for MCC soon after as the third wicket fell. UKAF and RAF skipper Adam Fisher was caught LBW for 17-3.
Ash Watson was UKAF’s hope of turning the tide, but he fell for just 19 runs after helping the team to 52-4.
Army all-rounder Jonathan Boynton took his place and struck up a valuable partnership with Veran Bali. The two combined for over 100 runs before Bali was caught out for 39 runs.
Boynton got to 85 before leaving the crease and Andy McGeorge tried to continue the scoring. He made a useful 47 runs by the end of the innings leaving a target of 257 runs.
The MCC needed an average of five runs an over to catch the score and made a super start to their innings. Simon Lambert scored a century to take MCC within touching distance.
UKAF rallied with some wickets towards the end, but the target was reached with five overs still to play.
That meant a four-wicket loss for the team.
The UKAF players will disperse before meeting up as opponents at next week’s T20 Inter Services held at Lords.