Isle of Wight Cricket

Hampshire to Take on PCA Team on Isle of Wight

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Cricketing history will be made on the Isle of Wight next month when Hampshire Cricket brings over a side which is expected to be full-strength to play in their first competitive fixture on the Island for 50 years. And to add to the local interest, the team may include Ventnor’s England star, Danny Briggs and Shanklin seam bowler, David Griffiths.

Twenty-year old, left-arm spinner Briggs – who was awarded his county cap at the start of the season - is the first Island-born player to represent his country. He is also the youngest England spinner to reach 100 first-class wickets since the legendary Derek Underwood. Griffiths, meanwhile has taken more than 100 wickets for the Club in all competitions.

Hampshire will be playing two T20 matches at Newclose on Monday, June 11, as part of their official preparation for the short form of the game.

They will be playing the PCA Masters XI, a side from the Professional Cricketers Association, which will be skippered by former England wicket-keeper, Paul Nixon.

Newclose benefactor and trustee, Brian Gardener, said: “This is a great honour for everyone connected with Newclose.

“Genuine top-class cricket will once again be played on the Island, and we intend to use the occasion to prove that Newclose is perfectly capable of staging cricket at the highest level.”

Briggs added: “The whole squad is excited to be going to the Isle of Wight for this match. The facilities at Newclose are excellent and I know we’re all looking forward to playing in front of the Club’s considerable following there.

“On top of that, the matches will be an excellent warm-up for the Friends Life t20 competition which starts later that week, so it should be beneficial for everyone.”

There will be two 20-overs-a-side matches, with the first beginning at 11.30 am and the second at 3.20 pm.

Admission prices are £10 for adults, £5 for Under 16s and parking at the ground is free
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