Newclose County Cricket Ground

Newclose County Cricket Ground is the county cricket ground for the Isle of Wight, located between Newport and Blackwater. Several open days were held in September 2008 on which special matches were to take place.[1]

The ground is currently registered to host First Class County professional standard. The ground was opened by Mike Gatting.[2]

The cricket ground is also used as a conference and wedding venue.

Newclose County Cricket Ground
Newclose County Cricket Ground
Summer 2008
Ground information
LocationIsle of Wight
Coordinates50°40′52″N 1°17′15″W / 50.6812°N 1.2875°W
Team information
Hampshire (2019)
As of 2009
Source: [1]


  1. ^ a b "Newclose County Cricket Ground Open Days". Retrieved 22 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Mike Gatting officially opens Newclose Ground". Southern Electric Premier Cricket League. 31 July 2009. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.

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2019 County Championship

The 2019 County Championship, known for sponsorship reasons as the 2019 Specsavers County Championship, is the 120th cricket County Championship season. As in 2018, Division One has eight teams and Division Two has ten teams. The first round of matches began on 5 April and the final round of matches are scheduled to end on 23 September. Surrey are the defending champions. At the end of the 2019 season only one team will be relegated with three promoted. Therefore, from 2020 onwards, Division One will feature ten teams and Division Two will feature eight.

Archery at the 2011 Island Games

Archery at the 2011 Island Games was held from 27–30 June 2011 at the Newclose County Cricket Ground in the Isle of Wight, England.

Blackwater, Isle of Wight

Blackwater is a village on the Isle of Wight, England. It is located about two miles south of Newport, close to the geographic centre of the island. It is in the civil parish of Arreton. The Newclose County Cricket Ground is just to the north of the village.

Newport Junction Railway opened a railway station at Blackwater. Blackwater Station first appeared on railway timetables in June, 1876 and operated until June 6, 1956. The trackbed of the former railway line is now part of National Cycle Route 23.

Public transport is provided by Southern Vectis bus routes 2 and 3, serving Newport, Ryde, Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor. Former Wightbus 33 between Newport and Ryde, also serves part of the village.

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight (; also referred to informally as The Island or abbreviated to IoW) is a county and the largest and second-most populous island in England. It is in the English Channel, between 2 and 5 miles off the coast of Hampshire, separated by the Solent. The island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times, and is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, and verdant landscape of fields, downland and chines. The island is designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The island has been home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and to Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home Osborne House at East Cowes. It has a maritime and industrial tradition including boat-building, sail-making, the manufacture of flying boats, the hovercraft, and Britain's space rockets. The island hosts annual music festivals including the Isle of Wight Festival, which in 1970 was the largest rock music event ever held. It has well-conserved wildlife and some of the richest cliffs and quarries for dinosaur fossils in Europe.

The isle was owned by a Norman family until 1293 and was earlier a kingdom in its own right. In common with the Crown dependencies, the British Crown was then represented on the island by the Governor of the Isle of Wight until 1995. The island has played an important part in the defence of the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth, and been near the front-line of conflicts through the ages, including the Spanish Armada and the Battle of Britain. Rural for most of its history, its Victorian fashionability and the growing affordability of holidays led to significant urban development during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Historically part of Hampshire, the island became a separate administrative county in 1890. It continued to share the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire until 1974, when it was made its own ceremonial county. Apart from a shared police force, there is now no administrative link with Hampshire, although a combined local authority with Portsmouth and Southampton was considered, this is now unlikely to proceed.The quickest public transport link to the mainland is the hovercraft from Ryde to Southsea; three vehicle ferry and two catamaran services cross the Solent to Southampton, Lymington and Portsmouth.

List of Hampshire County Cricket Club grounds

Hampshire County Cricket Club was established in August 1863. Since then, the club has played first-class and List A cricket at a number of different home grounds. Their first home first-class match was against Sussex in 1864 at the Antelope Ground, Southampton. The current headquarters of Hampshire County Cricket Club is the Rose Bowl, which located on the edge of Southampton. This venue is also used by England as a Test and One Day International venue.

As of 12 September 2011, Hampshire have played 1,396 first-class matches and 925 List A matches at 12 different home grounds. They have also played 45 Twenty20 matches, all of which have taken place at the Rose Bowl. The 12 grounds that Hampshire have used for home matches are listed below, with statistics complete through the end of the 2011 season.


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