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Cricket with a twist

Published 6:01 AM ET, Fri January 10, 2014
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For one hour in the English summer, players from Royal Southern and Island Sailing Clubs converge on Bramble Bank on the Solent for an often sodden game of cricket. Oli Scarff/Getty Images
It takes place when a sandbank appears for a short period of time in the sea, and teams have to be ferried out to "the pitch" to take part in the match. Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Massive container ships pass in the background, while other smaller vessels also get a close view of the temporary cricket wicket. Oli Scarff/Getty Images
The usual cricketing rules apply, with teams taking turns to bat and bowl -- usually six or seven overs a side. But the cricket whites rarely stay clean for long. Oli Scarff/Getty Images
There is even a scorecard to display the scores -- although it must be taken with a pinch of salt as the outcome of the match is preordained. Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Both batsmen and fielders have puddles and other larger pockets of water to avoid, adding another dimension to the cricketing challenge. Oli Scarff/Getty Images
This can prove particularly testing for the fielders. Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Some years the sandbank is larger and there is more playing and spectating space, but sometimes the bank has barely been visible. Oli Scarff/Getty Images