Captains from all three service teams gathered at Lord's to launch the annual inter-services T20 cricket competition which takes place on June 8th (General Election day). 

The Army are reigning champions but, as ever, the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy are banking on a rush of new blood to their squads to compete for the title. 

This year's tournament has Blesma as its charity partner and beneficiary Simon Harmer was in London to meet the three skippers.

Simon, a former Army medic, was blown up in Afghanistan in 2009, losing both his legs.

He admits that he didn't really understand cricket when he was a youngster but says sport in general is a massive part of military life - and also his recovery.

The IST20 usually attracts a couple of thousand spectators and they'll be happy if Lord's can guarantee the weather.

But regardless of the conditions, all involved are delighted that the home of cricket has once again opened its doors to the armed forces.