The Ageas Bowl is home to Hampshire Cricket – one of the 18 First Class cricketing counties in England and Wales. The Ageas Bowl which is based in Southampton, Hampshire boasts an impressive stadium which at maximum capacity holds 25,000 people and is often utilised for media, social and conferencing events.
The Player's and History:
The club was established in 1863 and has been the stamping ground of some of the legends of world cricket through the years including Australian spin bowler Shane Warne, West Indian fast bowler Malcolm Marshall and England batsman Robin Smith amongst many others.
These days the Royals can count internationally honoured players as well as some of the most exciting prospects in English cricket amongst it's ranks. Many of the current first IX squad represented England at various age groups (U17, U19s) with several of the current squad on England Programmes (Danny Briggs and James Vince).
Hampshire’s major honours include winning the County Championship in 1961 and 1973. However, the club has also won 11 limited-overs titles, creating history in 2010 by becoming the first British domestic side to win a Twenty20 Cup on home turf in front of a packed South Coast crowd of 25,000 people. In 2012, they completed an historic double by winning both the Friends Life t20 and Clydesdale Bank 40 competitions.
The club play in three domestic competitions over the summer months (April - September) – the LV= County Championship, the CB40 competition and the FLt20 cup. Each summer, the venue also plays host to International cricket and has seen England play all of the world's major powerhouses on its square.
Each summer, the venue also plays host to International cricket and has seen England play all of the world's major powerhouses on its square. It is in the process of becoming the Britain’s first Model Test match ground and was, in 2010, awarded “Best International Ground” in an independent ECB [England and Wales Cricket Board] survey. In 2013 England play two Natwest Series One Day Internationals at the ground against Australia and New Zealand as well as a T20 International also against the Aussies.
The Academy and Development Cricket:
The club also has a very impressive academy system which has produced seven current members of the professional squad. The club aims to develop the best young county players from an early age and progressing them onto the EPP at age 14-16yrs and full academy at age 16-18yrs. The club is nationally renowned for providing young players with a great pathway of progression for young talent to develop into top class professional cricketers. Season 2012 saw Hampshire age group squads U 18s, U17, U15s and U13s all reaching national finals in several cricketing formats. Hampshire Cricket Development also run female teams at various ages and disability teams which compete nationally and contain several international players respectably.
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