By John Bennett For Mailonline
Published: 10:27 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 10:30 BST, 1 September 2019
With recent successes on the field at Headingley by Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer giving England another chance at the Ashes, the British love affair with cricket has been reignited once more.
So much so that batsmen and bowlers took to the sodden sandbank of the Solent, a patch of land between Southampton and the Isle of Wight only accessible at low tide, to play in a much more relaxed home game.
Organised by the Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSYC) and their friendly rivals the Island Sailing Club (ISC) the two teams faced off in the early hours of the cold morning to make a splash.
Despite what might appear to be a fierce competition, the match's winner is predetermined in the interest of the love of the game and escaping the rising tide.
Last year was won by the RSYC meaning that this year was the turn of the ISC.