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Players gather for annual cricket match in the sea

Players have taken part in an annual cricket match played in the middle of the sea.

The event takes place between yachtsmen from Hamble and their counterparts across the Solent in Cowes.

The sandbank is a notorious underwater hazard but it is revealed once a year for about an hour at the lowest tide.

Chloe Oliver was up early for the start of play.

Chloe spoke to Dr Mark Tomson, Southern Yacht Club team captain and Tom Richardson who revived the event in the 1980s.

Annual Bramble bank cricket match in Solent today

At low tide the Bramble Bank is ideal for a quick, but rather wet, spot of cricket

The annual cricket match in the middle of The Solent near Cowes off the Isle of Wight has taken place today.

Play in the 'just for fun' Bramble Bank match happens for the short period of time where there's a low tide on the sandbank.

The contest between the Royal Southern Yacht Club and the Island Sailing Club The Royal Southern 1st XI ended at about 7.30am. About 100 people were there.

About a hundred people turned up to watch


Cricket girls take to the field

The cricket season is still in full swing, and with it came success for the England women's team, with victory in last month's World Cup.

Since then, the sport has been booming among schoolgirls across the region, who now have champion role models to look up to.

Cary Johnston reports from the Falkland Cricket Club in Newbury.

Cary spoke to former assistant England women's coach Neil Rider and parent Liz Hayward.

England photos courtesy ECB/Tom Shaw Images

Lawnmower racers vie to make the cut

Teams from across Europe have been hitting the track at Five Oaks near Billingshurst, for a rather unsual motorsport - lawn mower racing.

The biggest event of its kind in years, the 12-hour event saw competitors race through the night at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour in a race inspired by a visit to Le Mans more than 40 years ago.

Tony Green spoke to Mark Jaffe, vice president of the British Lawn Mower Racing Association and competitor Simon Funnell from The Lawnmaster racing team.

Showjumping teenager wows spectators

Spectators at Championship Arena 2 saw Oxfordshire based William Fletcher crowned as the National under 18 Champion on day four at the British Showjumping National Championships, held at NAEC Stoneleigh in Warwickshire.

Riding 11 year old bay gelding, Persimmon, the pair saw off stiff competition in a highly competitive class. With just five riders through to the jump off and having seen the other riders each pick up faults, Will was last to go so knew he had to go clear. Riding down to the finish, he instantly knew it was his victory as the only rider to produce a double clear.

The combination has only been together for four months and this is only their second 1.40m track. Prior to being with Will, Persimmon competed up to 4 star eventing with Kitty King. “This is Persimmon’s biggest win in a showjumping arena. I’ve seen a big change in him since I’ve had him. I found the course a lot more technical than last year but he loves his job and is good at what he does.”

Oxfordshire showjumping champion Credit: 1st Class Images


Special Olympics: learning disabilities are no barrier

All the hard work and determination by the athletes taking part in this week's Special Olympics has really been paying off.

Now, the competitors are looking forward to a big party to celebrate their success. Teams from across our region have been competing in more than 20 sports. The aim is to show that learning disabilities are no barrier.

Organisers are hoping that the last few days will raise the profile of the games.

Two D-Day veterans in their 90s skydive for charity

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Two D-Day veterans from the South have parachuted out of a plane for charity.

Ted Pieri and Fred Glover are in their 90s and today they completed the challenge at the Old Sarum Airfield near Salisbury.

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They were joined in their venture by a Chelsea Pensioner who has notched up almost 100 skydives.

As Chloe Oliver reports.

Chloe spoke to Fred Glover and Edward 'Ted' Pieri, both World War Two veterans. She also spoke to Mike Smith, a Chelsea Pensioner.

VIDEO: Lion wins tug of war with football team

A football team has taken on a lion in Kent in a tug of war to raise awareness of World Lion Day.

Foots Cray Lions Juniors lost the challenge against Kasanga the African Lion from Smarden's Big Cat Sanctuary.

Lion Day aims to boost understanding and the plight of the world's most iconic hunter.

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In the last two decades the population of wild African lions has dropped by over 40% with an estimated 20,000 remaining in the wild.

Lions were recognised as endangered and listed as 'Vulnerable' on the IUCN Redlist in 2015, just two years ago.

Lions could potentially disappear from the wild in the next 20-30 years.

The Big Cat Sanctuary aims to provide sanctuary for cats and a breeding programme.

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