Perfect conditions as the hosts 'win' the annual Bramble Bank cricket match!
Perfection, all round, on Bramble Bank for the start of
the annual cricket match between the Royal Southern YC and the Island SC.
It was a case of weather perfect; dry, little wind and a beautiful sunrise as
the teams from Hamble's Royal Southern Yacht Club and the Island Sailing Club in
Cowes met on the newly emerged 'island', the infamous Bramble Bank in the the
central Solent, for the annual Bramble Bank cricket match.
So perfect were the
conditions that they made up for the need to get out of bed at 05.00 to ensure
the RSrnYC team was in the field by low water, scheduled for 06.50.
If anyone was ever in any doubt, the annual cricket
match really is a case of mad dogs and Englishmen on the Brambles.
The high pressure system which brought the fine weather also depressed the tide,
resulting in the the largest cricket 'field' seen for many years. The Island SC
team batted first, but were eventually bowled out.
The Royal Southern batsmen
then punished the Islanders with several boundaries - which in this match means
someone going for a swim to retrieve the ball.
Caught out... in every sense of the term!
By tradition, each club wins in turn each year and then hosts the opposition to
breakfast, or tea, depending on the hour.
So, as the tide began to reclaim its
territory, everyone scrambled back into their RIBs and assorted craft and
repaired back to the RSrnYC Clubhouse in Hamble for bacon and eggs.
The final score was 99-70!
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An especially early start for this young supporter.
Images & report: Graham Nixon
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