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In Pictures: Soggy infield no boundary for sandbank cricket match

The annual Bramble Bank match takes place in the middle of the Solent off the Hampshire coast.

Members of the Royal Southern Yacht Club and the Island Sailing Club during the annual Brambles cricket match in the middle of the Solent at low tide (Ben Birchall/PA)
Members of the Royal Southern Yacht Club and the Island Sailing Club during the annual Brambles cricket match in the middle of the Solent at low tide (Ben Birchall/PA)

By PA Reporters

Two teams of players have staged what is regarded as one of the more eccentric cricket matches of the season at a most unusual ground – in the middle of the sea.

The annual Bramble Bank match between members of the Royal Southern Yacht Club and the Island Sailing Club takes place in the middle of the Solent, when the low-water spring tide exposes a sandbank long enough to play a game.

The match has been played – conditions allowing – since the 1950s on the exposed bit of sand between the Hampshire coast and the Isle of Wight.

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