Newclose County Cricket Ground Open Days
English cricket's newest county ground opens next month on the Isle of Wight.|
Newclose - on the outskirts of Newport - cost almost £1.7m to build. It is a gold standard ground and will be home to the island's representative sides.
Jim Thorn, chairman of the Isle of Wight Cricket Board, said: "It is a magnificent development and shows the improvements we have made in Island cricket in recent years.
"It's ironic that though the Isle of Wight was granted minor county status only last year, we are believed to be the first one in the country with our own county ground."
The Newclose development would not have been possible without the generosity of businessman Brian Gardener, who donated the land and contributed hundreds of thousands of pounds towards the cost.
Gardener said: "I have been a cricket enthusiast all my life and was fortunate to be in a position to help with the new ground.
"We have received a lot of support and encouragement from the ECB who have helped us with grant advice and other specialist knowledge."
"It is a magnificent facility and will help take island cricket on to the next level."
Open days will be held at the new ground during the first two weekends of September , when the public will be invited to take a look around and join The Friends of Newclose.
Gardener said: "Membership will be reasonably priced and will offer a variety of benefits."
Matches have also been organised for the open days on September 6, 7, 13 and 14.
Newclose County Cricket Ground