The UK Armed Forces Ladies cricket side has come second in the Vauxhall Cup, after a big win over Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in the final match.

The military team suffered a narrow defeat in the first tie in the annual three-day, three-way tournament, losing by just five runs to Club Cricket Conference (CCC).

The second game between MCC and CCC was then abandoned due to rain, with each side earning a point.

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And the players soon found out that weeks of rain does not make for a fast game of cricket, as they kicked off the final match of the competition.

The UKAF team, batting first, found no pace in the wicket and opener Lauren Harden fell early to only the second ball of the game.

Georgie Cant and captain Hazelle Garton then steadied the ship with a partnership of 86 runs, before Garton hit straight to mid on.

UK Armed Forces Ladies Vauxhall Cup

An easy catch for Emma Elsom left the home side 87-2. Garton's departure bought in Amanda Potgeiter, who helped build another strong partnership.

Cant scored a gritty half century, without passing the boundary rope once in her entire innings.

She was eventually stumped though on 61, quick hands from Sinead Goodden leaving the score 140-3.

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Lou Worsfold then made 5 before being bowled by Nicole Richards, with Mel Vaggers-Webb following soon after for just 1 - caught by Jude Willmott off the bowling of Hazel Lovegove.

It was now 152-5, with the captain having told her players to reach a minimum of 140 with an ideal target of 180.

Potgieter and Charlie Yemm made sure that happened. The pair added a useful 25 runs to leave their side with a final total of 177-5.

UK Armed Forces Ladies Vauxhall Cup

Due to much improved conditions and a sunny south coast afternoon, the wicket dried out somewhat.

It did little to speed up the scoring however, with the MCC taking a cautious approach in their reply. 

After a few early appeals Keely Juster was the first to fall, bowled by T Burke for 3.

Elsom joined opener Charlie Russell at the crease and they added another 21 runs, with luck on their side on more than one occasion. 

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But Elsom was ultimately run out brilliantly by Lauren Harden for 9 runs, leaving the MCC 36-2.

A solid 23 from Russell was then ended by another Potgeiter Yemm combination, the Army all-rounder getting two in two with the scalp of Jan Goodman.

Feisha Greene was next into the attack, and soon saw Charlotte Gallagher caught by Yemm - the visitors were floundering at 67 for 5

MCC Skipper Sinead Goodden was then out for a duck, after Greene took a diving catch off her own bowling.

UK Armed Forces Ladies Vauxhall Cup

Hazel Lovegrove also exited with no runs after Greene struck again, caught by Potgeiter.

At this point even a score of 100 looked unlikely but the remaining pair of Nicole Richards and Charlotte Villiers Smith wagged the tail, pushing their team to a final total of 109-7.

It was a fine finish but way short of UKAF's total - the military side winning by 68 runs.

Our reporter Cath Brazier spoke to team captain Lieutenant Commander Hazelle Garton about the big win - just click above to see her thoughts and the full match highlights.

Next up, the UKAF side have an exhibition match at Burton Court in London as they prepare for a tour to Kenya next month.

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