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Hampshire cricket matches set for Isle of Wight

Fri 18 May 2012

Hampshire cricket matches set for Isle of Wight

Cricket fans on Isle of Wight holidays may get the chance to see some of the country's best batsmen and bowlers later in the summer after Hampshire announced they are playing two fixtures on the island.

They will take on a Professional Cricketers Association side that is going to be captained by the former England international wicketkeeper Paul Nixon.

Ventnor’s England star Danny Briggs and Shanklin seam bowler David Griffiths are among the Isle of Wight players who could be selected to play in the two fixtures that will take place at Newclose on June 11th.

They come as part of a warm-up schedule Hants has put together to prepare for this summer's Friends Life t20 competition, which gets underway just a few days later.

Newclose benefactor and trustee Brian Gardener stated it is a great honour for the Isle of Wight club to be picked to host the matches, adding: "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."

If the event is deemed to be a success, Hampshire may elect to play County Championship matches on the Isle of Wight next season.

Briggs, a 20-year-old spinner, is thought to be close to a call-up to the England Test side and stated the whole squad is looking forward to playing on the Isle of Wight.

He noted the facilities that they will be using at Newclose are "excellent" and added the players are looking forward to competing in front of a "considerable" group of fans.

Tickets for the day start at just £10 and parking at the ground is free for attendees.

Briggs has been Hampshire's leading wicket-taker in T20 cricket in each of the last two seasons and will be the man to watch for the games.

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