The Isle of Wight is an island that is located around two miles from the county of Hampshire in England. It is very popular as a holiday destination thanks to its amazing scenery and relaxed island life, but not many people are aware that there is a big cricket scene there. In this article we will take a closer look at the cricket scenario on the Isle of Wight.
There Are Plans to Make Cricket Even More Popular
Cricket on the Isle of Wight is governed by the Isle of Wight Cricket Board and they are always trying to make cricket more popular on the island. Their main aim is to get more of the locals involved in cricket, create more places where the sport can be played, and improve the cricket facilities that already exist.
At this current moment in time there are around 50 cricket clubs on the island and over 100 teams of different age groups. With these types of figures, you would think that the IWCB would be content with the cricket opportunities that are available to those living on the Isle of Wight, but they clearly want more. We have no issue with this as, in our opinion, there is no such thing as too many cricket options.
When it comes to the cricket leagues, there are over 40 different ones for different age groups, meaning that there is something for everyone. Those cricket lovers that are lucky enough to live on the Isle of Wight have plenty of great cricket options to keep them content, and it looks like the options are only going to grow in the near future.
County Cricket Has Even Returned to the Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight used to host regular County Championship matches, but 57 years ago it was decided that no more would be played there. However, that changed this year when the New Close Country Cricket Ground was chosen to host a match between Hampshire and Nottinghamshire.
The locals were happy as they got to see talented players such as Fidel Edwards, Liam Dawson, Stuart Broad, Ajinkya Rahane, Kyle Abbott, Jake Ball, and Ben Duckett in action. Hampshire totally outplayed Nottinghamshire and went on to win the match by 244 runs.
Hampshire usually play their home matches at the Ageas Bowl, but they had to play a fixture somewhere else due to the fact that England were hosting the Cricket World Cup and the Ageas Bowl is a regular venue for international matches.
There was more good news for the locals as Hampshire announced that they would like to play regular cricket there over the next four years. So, it looks like they will be able to enjoy watching more cricket stars in the near future.
With the ambitious IWCB in charge, it seems that the island’s cricket scene is in very safe hands.