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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

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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

Yoga instead of cricket at Hove this weekend

A yoga festival will take place at the cricket ground Credit: Alzheimer’s Research UK

The County Cricket Ground is normally the home to Sussex Sharks, but there won't be a cricketer in sight this Saturday and Sunday as the Brighton Yoga Festival takes place.

It is the fourth anniversary of what has become the UK's largest free entry yoga festival. The event will feature more than 100 yoga classes, meditation and talks about wellbeing.

This year it has been stretched over two days for the first time, after 3,000 people attended last year.

'We want to get promoted' - Sun shines on Sussex County as they prepare for new season

Last season the Sussex County Cricket team failed to regain promotion to the championship's Division One.

But with a fully fit captain in Luke Wright, and a squad strengthened by the arrival of players from South Africa among other nations, they're confident of a successful campaign, this time around.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to chief exec Rob Andrew, Wright, and head coach Mark Davis.

Historic cricket green vandalised

Repeated attacks by vandals on a cricket green has left the future of one of Kent's oldest teams in jeopardy. Villagers in Boughton say the cost of repairing the damage is so great they may have to sit out the season for the first time 300 years. Iain McBride has the story.

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VIDEO: We meet rugby legend Rob Andrew who's converted to cricket

He's the new man in charge at Sussex Cricket Club Credit: ITV Meridian

They used to call him Squeaky. But could former Rugby star Rob Andrew - be the saviour of English cricket?

The sport faces a lot of challenges. But the ex-England fly-half has just started his new role as the Chief Executive at Sussex.

And he told Andrew Pate - about his grand plans.

SCCC Head Coach confident ahead of cricket season

Head Coach Mark Davis and team Captain Luke Wright at press conference Credit: Andy Dickenson

Sussex County Cricket Club has been telling the media about their approach for the coming season in a press conference today.

Head coach, Mark Davis said: 'If we keep our players on the pitch we'll be competing. Ross Taylor has been a really good signing.'

Sussex County Cricket Club 'eager to start season'

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