The Army have beaten the Royal Navy by seven wickets in the first game of the Inter Services Twenty20 Tournament at Lord's Cricket Ground in central London.
Army skipper Jacques Prinsloo won the toss and elected to field. Both skippers were happy; the Navy's John Parker telling Forces TV he would have batted first anyway if he'd had the choice.
Prinsloo's decision looked to be the right one as his bowlers set the agenda. The pace of Alex Senneck and Marlon Simon saw off the Navy openers; first Kyp Bridgen bowled by Senneck and then Ben Kohler-Cadmore caught by Sheridan Govender off Marlon Simon for 13, leaving the Navy on 24 for 2 after four overs.
The Navy briefly revived with the Evans brothers taking to the wicket, but the respite didn't last long. Keiran was Senneck's second victim, trapped LBW for 4, and then his brother Jordan went for 15, caught by Ian Dixon off Ross Deardon.
Wickets continued to tumble, with all the Army's bowlers getting in on the act. Brannon Varley took John Parker and Dan Maytum with successive balls, before skipper Prinsloo saw off the one Navy man who'd put up any resistance, Alvin Pollard, for 37, with the score on 91.
The Navy, however, managed to scrape over the 100-mark thanks to a quickfire 10 from Shorn Bobb - but 104 never looked a total the Army would have too much of a problem with.
They were briefly pegged back early on, with Bobb knocking Storm Green over for 3 with his first ball and Graham Wiseman falling to John Grasham for 9 .
But the Navy were guilty of giving away too many extras - 15 in the first four overs alone - and when Varley and Ian Dixon came to the crease they made light work of the Navy attack.
Dixon, on 27 not out, took advantage of any loose delivery, ably backed up Varley, who fell to Parker with the score on 103 a partnership of 75 .
Govender smashed the winning runs with more than 5 overs to spare.. the Army winning by 7 wickets.