Cricketers battle it out in the middle of the Solent in annual grudge match

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() Water great shot! Cricketers battle it out in the middle of the Solent as the annual grudge match between two sailing clubs takes place during the early morning's low-tide  The annual match on Bramble Bank between England and the Isle of Wight took place at the 6.30am low tide   Teams from the royal southern yacht club and the Island sailing club met on the sandbank for a friendly game   The unusual traditional game is thought to have been started in the 1950s by renowned boat maker Uffa Fox

By John Bennett For Mailonline

Published: 10:27 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 10:30 BST, 1 September 2019

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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.  

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