Congratulations to the Royal Southern Yacht Club who beat the Island Sailing Club (it was their turn!) in the annual Bramble Bank cricket match today.
The match takes place each Summer in the middle of the Solent, when conditions allow enough time for a game of cricket to be played on the exposed Bramble sand bank – tides allowing.
“Quintessentially English madness on a beautiful summer’s day”, in the words of Royal Southern team captain, Mark ‘Tommo’ Tomson, is as good a description of the Bramble Bank cricket match as you’ll find.
The instigation of the eccentric event is credited to legendary Cowes yacht designer Uffa Fox, though precise historical details are thin on the ground.
Suffice to say the teams took up the cudgels over 50 years ago in an event which is now a Summer fixture.