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Tributes for late cricketer Tony Greig

Tony Greig - former England cricket captain has died Credit: PA WIRE

The Chairman of Hampshire County Cricket Club - Rod Bransgrove, has paid tribute to the former England captain and cricket commentator, Tony Greig, who died this morning after suffering a heart attack. Mr Greig was 66-years-old.

Rod Bransgove said: "Tony was a true cricketing giant in every sense. Apart from his enormous and obvious natural abilities, his commitment was always absolute.

“Whether as player, Captain or cricket commentator, Tony's boundless enthusiasm for the game was legendary and earned him an army of friends and followers all over the cricket world. As a cricket character, he is quite simply irreplaceable.

“I offer my deepest and sincerest condolences to all the Greig family and his close friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”

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County confirms ECB enquiry

The match was mentioned in a new book, Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: A Journey to the Corrupt Heart of Cricket's Underworld, by Ed Hawkins.

Kent won the match, which was televised, by 14 runs.

A statement on the Sussex website said:

"The club can confirm approaches were made to players regarding this game. Working with the PCA (Professional Cricketers' Association), the club investigated and reported the issue at the time, passing all the information promptly to the ECB after the match.

– Sussex County Cricket website

"In conjunction with the ICC, a full investigation was undertaken with nothing untoward coming to light, and the club's prompt action receiving praise.

"There have been no further reports made to the club concerning any Sussex matches.

"As a club, we are committed to ensuring that the game's integrity is not breached at any time and we will continue to take a full and leading role in the ECB's endeavours to protect the game."

– Sussex County Cricket website

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A rather wet cricket match at Bramble Bank

Bramble Bank cricketers and a boat Credit: Owen Buggy

Representatives of sailing clubs at Cowes and Hamble have taken part in a cricket match mid-Solent. The Bramble Bank match is a challenging one, played on a sandbank - with the players negotiating the ebbs and flows of the water, getting very wet in the process.

Cricket match mid-Solent Credit: Owen Buggy

No stranger to challenging circumstances - as the first person to sail single handed and non-stop around the world between 14th June 1968 and 22nd April 1969 - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston also put in an appearance.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was among the cricketers Credit: Owen Buggy

Lifeboat rescue after mid-Solent cricket match

The journey home from the country's weirdest cricket match ended with eight people and a dog being rescued by a lifeboat crew.

They were aboard an eight-metre RIB which had been returning to Cowes after taking advantage of a low tide to attend a cricket match on a sandbank in the mid-Solent .

But yesterday when off Old Castle Point, East Cowes the craft broke down when its engine over-heated.

Luckily Cowes lifeboat had also been one of the many craft attending the cricket match, staged on Bramble Bank, and responded straight away.

The cricket match, between representatives of sailing clubs at Cowes and Hamble, proved even more testing than usual, with the wind ensuring the sand was not so exposed on thisoccasion.

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