Annual Brambles Bank game taking place tomorrow

Tomorrow morning will see one of the Solent‘s most eccentric traditions – the Brambles Bank cricket match.

Hamble’s Royal Southern Yacht Club and Cowes’s Island Sailing Club will play their annual game with spring tides at their lowest ebb and the bank drying out for a limited time.

Hundreds of spectators are expected to attend the match, which is due to begin at 0830 in the middle of one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

The ‘hosts’ of the game are also always the winner of the game so this year, whatever happens, Island SC will win, with rules arbitrary.

Last year to ensure Royal Southern, whose team included Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Geoff Holt, were victorious, Island SC were fined 200 runs for not wearing whites.

After the game everyone will head to Cowes for a hearty breakfast and to toast the host’s inevitable victory.