Charlie Morris made an impressive return to action with the MCC but finished on the losing side as a Crusaders X1 triumphed by eight wickets in the opening match of the tour of South Africa.

The Worcestershire paceman bowled an opening spell of 5-2-10-1 after taking the new ball as the Crusaders chased a 173 target in 40 overs.

Morris, in his first action since the end of a successful 2015 campaign at New Road, accounted for Ben Compton in his second over.

Compton was caught behind for a duck by Middlesex keeper John Simpson with only two runs on the board.

Morris returned to bowl two more overs and finished with figures of 7-2-27-1.

But the Crusaders had little difficulty in reaching their target with seven overs to spare.

Earlier, former England batsman Owais Shah had top-scored with 73 off 70 balls with one six and five fours for MCC who were put into bat.

Shah shared a stand of 57 for the third wicket with Neil Dexter (34) before he was run out.

A strong MCC side also contained other county players in Ned Eckersley (7), Simpson (13) and Wes Durston (15 not out).