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Annual Bramble Bank cricket match in middle of Solent

The match happens once a year Photo:

The annual Bramble Bank cricket match took place in the middle of the Solent in the early hours of Sunday 15th July.

The sandbank near Cowes, off the Isle of Wight becomes visible once a year at the lowest tide. The event has been taking place since the 1950s. This year the Royal Southern Yacht Club from Hamble and the Island Sailing Club from Cowes gathered for the game along with a number of spectators who also braved the tide.

As usual, play stopped when the water came in. The Hamble side won with help of the England cricketer, Stuart Broad. He said it had been "... the most unique game of cricket I have ever been a part of. It’s fantastic to see cricket bringing local communities together to play the sport we all love in such a quirky location.”

“If you ever wanted to sum up the spirit of English cricket, Bramble Bank would be a great place to start - you just need a bat and ball and some willing teammates. It’s been a lot of fun getting involved in this year’s match and seeing the game I’ve heard so much about.”

– Miles Jupp, comedian, speaking after the final ball

“The annual Bramble Bank cricket match exemplifies what the Hardys campaign of The Rules According to Hardys stands for - that cricket is a game that can be played anytime, anywhere by families, friends and communities – and it is a pleasure to shine a light on this quirky British tradition. It was great to have Stuart Broad and Miles Jupp down today to support the match and we’d like to thank Royal Southern Yacht Club for letting us join in the fun.”

– David White, Marketing Director of Hardys

“We are delighted that Hardys chose to support our annual Bramble Bank match and to have Stuart Broad on our team was a once in a lifetime experience.”

– Captain of Royal Southern Yacht Club, Mark Thompson