An Armed Forces presence at Hampshire County Cricket Club was a chance for the military to show off their big guns.

It was also an opportunity for the best military cricketers to flex their muscles at the Ageas Bowl, one of the leading grounds in the country.

With UKAF skipper Adam Fisher losing the toss to Hampshire rival Brad Taylor it was the visitors who were put into the field.

Taylor may have regretted his decision to bat as he was out in the first over. The wily Alex Senneck picking up the prize wicket in his final outing in military colours and Hants were 4 for 1.

The home side, however, wasted little time in their recovery as the runs began to flow.

This fixture was a curtain raiser for the Hampshire v Surrey T20 Blast match due on afterwards and this young Hants development team are blessed with talent. 

By the end, Hampshire amassed a score of 177 for 6, a few more than the Forces side would have liked but not bad against a team loaded with full-time players.

With rain clouds looming UKAF tried to keep above the dreaded Duckworth Lewis target but when Wiseman was run out with the score on 40, those hopes faded. 

When the rains came and the players were replaced by the covers the Duckworth Lewis calculation judged that the military side had lost by 16 runs.

A battling display from UKAF but some bright moments, especially from the debutants. 

They’ll be hoping for better weather when they gather as individual teams for the Inter Services next week.

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