The UK Armed Forces cricket team has suffered a heavy defeat after facing first-class international opposition for the first time in over a decade.

The military men had little time to prepare after answering a late request from Bangladesh's 'A' side.

The international outfit, which acts as the nation's reserve team, has been playing a number of county clubs during a tour of England and wanted a final fixture before heading home.

The Aldershot match came after ties against Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire - and also saw the curtain come down on the UK Armed Forces cricket season.

UK Armed Forces cricketers vs Bangladesh A

The hastily-arranged fixture saw the tourists opt to bat first after having won the toss.

Bangladesh made their way out into the middle under leaden skies, hoping to amass a competitive total.

Military sides often played touring international teams in years gone by, with the last fixture seeing the British Combined Services stun Kenya before a World Cup.

Victory over Bangladesh A would have been another shock. UKAF did claim an early wicket, though.

Attempting a quick single, Shadran Islam was run out thanks to Steve Booth's direct hit on the stumps, leaving the score 24-1.

UK Armed Forces cricketers vs Bangladesh A

The dank conditions were testing the team from the subcontinent and Uri Hill and George Adair combined to see off Santo, with the tourists slipping to 53-2.

UKAF kept the shackles on their illustrious visitors and Hill was rewarded with a second wicket as Zakir Hasan could only see the ball trickle against the timbers. He was off for 42, the score now 111-3.

It was only towards the end of the innings that Bangladesh finally found gaps in the fielding to push their score along.

With the military men taking wickets at regular intervals the Tigers were in danger of making a below-par total, with the score 220-8 at one point.

However a late flurry of runs helped Bangladesh set the home side 275 to win.

UK Armed Forces cricketers vs Bangladesh A

And with the skies brightening the Bangladesh bowlers began to lick their lips.

It didn't take them long to make the early breakthrough into the forces side's batting. UKAF skipper Storm Green was the first to fall, with just four on the board.

Despite recovering to 50-1, a steady stream of falling wickets saw UKAF slump to 98-9.

In the bright September sun, Bangladesh bagged their final wicket and the forces side were all out for 124.

So it was victory for the tourists and disappointment for the home side, albeit after a hastily-arranged fixture when they'd likely put their whites away for the summer earlier in the month.

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