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Meet The Navy Team: Behind The Scenes In The Inter-Services T20 Build-Up

Get to know the Senior Service team before the big day at Lord's on Thursday...

The sports fans here at Forces Network all love to see our sporting heroes in action, but we've also always been curious about what it's really like being in the dressing room.

We went to have a chat with some of the finest cricketers the Royal Navy has at its disposal ahead of its huge matches against the Army and RAF at Lord's on Thursday.

As it turns out, the Navy boys are scared of just the same things our cricket-lovers were before heading out onto the field at school; from being hit in the head by a ball, to dropping a catch - particularly if you've got a big pair of wicketkeeper's gloves on!

Sub Lieutenant Rob Wigley, Lieutenant Leo Buscombe and the skipper, Royal Marines Sergeant Alvin Pollard, also weren't afraid to reveal which team member loves themselves the most and which comrade has a weak spot for a sunbed...

Royal Navy pre-Inter-Services T20 dressing room chat

There was a mixture of praise and good-natured criticism for a certain Musician Chris Turrell of the Royal Marines, while Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering) Ben Kohler-Cadmore will be happy to hear that his big-hitting has impressed his fellow team-mates.

The lads also discuss their cricketing heroes, with Andrew Flintoff, Graham Thorpe and the late, great Malcolm Marshall all in the mix.

The Army, Royal Navy and RAF are set to face off in the Inter-Services Triangular T20 Tournament on Thursday at Lord's.

Gates will open for this Thursday's IST20 at 09:00, with the first match starting an hour later.

Former Cpl Gam Gurung, who lost his arm while serving with the Royal Gurkha Rifles, will be performing the coin toss.

Play is expected to last until around 19:15. Tickets can be bought online at https://tickets.lords.org/ or by calling 020 7432 1000 and are £17 for adults, £8.50 for over-65s and £5 for under-16s.

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