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Howzat for making waves

In the middle of the Solent, the strait separating the Isle of Wight from mainland England, two teams play what has been described as one of the most bizarre cricket matches.

Boatloads of players and spectators travel yearly to the Brambles sandbank, near Southampton, for the game between the Royal Southern Yacht Club and Cowes' Island Sailing Club, and wait for the sandbank to appear at low tide.

Play continues until the tide returns, usually in about 30 minutes.

The annual game, which dates back to the 1950s, happens just once a year thanks to an exceptionally low tide that causes the sandbar to be exposed.

The first ever Brambles match was played by inmates from the Isle of Wight's Parkhurst Prison, after prison officers allowed the criminals to go on a rare trip out.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 02, 2015, with the headline 'Howzat for making waves'. Print Edition | Subscribe