Annual Bramble Bank cricket match in middle of Solent

The teams gathered for a 6.30am start Credit: PA

The annual Bramble Bank cricket match has taken place in the middle of the Solent.

The sandbank near Cowes, off the Isle of Wight becomes visible once a year at the lowest tide.

The Revd Andrew Popp gave a blessing before the start of the match Credit: PA
Credit: PA

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 for the 6.30am start.

Credit: PA

The event has been taking place since the 1950s, although on different dates depending on the tides. The sandbank is only visible for about an hour.

In 2016 it was on Sunday August 21st in the morning and in 2017 it was much earlier in the season than usual on Sunday June 25th at 5.30 pm, while in 2018 it was on July 15th.