Which birds can’t play cricket? Ducks
September 5, 2019 6:14 AM   Subscribe

Earlier this week, a rather eccentric cricket match between two British sports clubs was 'won' by the Island Sailing Club. What's unusual about this annual competition is that it takes place in the middle of of one of the UK's busiest shipping lanes.

Since the 1950s, the annual Bramble Bank cricket match has taken place on the 'Brambles', a sandbank in the middle of the Solent, between southern mainline UK and the Isle of Wight, which becomes visible once a year at the lowest tide.

As the pitch is only viable for about an hour, the teams from the Royal Southern Yacht Club and Island Sailing Club take it in turns to 'win' the match and host the afterparty at their clubhouse.

Video link.
posted by atlantica (8 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
That's hilarious and wonderful.

Will it survive climate change, I wonder?
posted by jacquilynne at 6:35 AM on September 5, 2019

That photo of the Rev. Andrew Poppe, in his full regalia but minus the footwear, is what makes this story.
posted by Eleven at 6:49 AM on September 5, 2019

where are the horses?
posted by ouke at 7:01 AM on September 5, 2019

this is the most British whimsy I can handle
posted by ChuraChura at 7:05 AM on September 5, 2019

(pitch conditions look rough)
posted by ChuraChura at 7:08 AM on September 5, 2019

Everything I know about cricket comes from Mike and Psmith and Life, the Universe, and Everything, so this seems pretty normal to me?
posted by tobascodagama at 7:18 AM on September 5, 2019

How many overs?
posted by Mogur at 10:29 AM on September 5, 2019

One hour cricket is the inevitable next step from this Twenty20 foolishness.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:19 PM on September 5, 2019

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