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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

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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.

Council buys cricket ground

Eastleigh Borough Council has now officially bought the Rose Bowl site in West End - home to Hampshire County Cricket ground.

They plan to develop the site with a hotel, spa, golf course and leisure complex in a project costing £48 million pounds.

The former Rose Bowl company had run into financial difficulties which had threatened its future.

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Teenager is third generation of his family to play for Kent

It's been quite a fortnight for sporting success but how much does talent run in the family? Well his father and uncle were professional cricketers and his grandfather captained England twenty seven times. Now Fabian Cowdrey has become the third generation of his family to play for Kent.

He signed a contract at the beginning of the season and is hoping that one day - he'll break into the first team. He has big shoes to fill - but the teenager is making his mark.

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West Indies star heading to Hampshire

Chris Gayle returns for the West Indies Credit: PA Wire

The West Indies’ former captain, Chris Gayle, will play international cricket for the first time in 14 months at The Ageas Bowl in Hampshire. He's been recalled by the West Indies for the NatWest One-Day International (ODI) Series against England.

The 32-year-old has been out of the team following a dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board but will now be one of the star attractions at the home of Hampshire Cricket when the two teams meet on June 16. He is the fourth highest-scoring West Indies batsman in ODI cricket with 8,087 runs.

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