First-class cricket is returning to the Isle of Wight next summer, Hampshire Cricket has announced.

One of next summer’s County Championship matches will be played at Newport’s Newclose County Cricket Ground, based on Blackwater Road.

It is the first time first-class cricket been played on the Island since 1962.

Newclose was chosen following in-depth discussions with a number of local venues and the ECB.

Hampshire Cricket chairman, Rod Bransgrove, said:

“Due to the exclusivity period around its ICC World Cup Tournament commitments next season, Hampshire Cricket is required to play a home fixture away from the Ageas Bowl and we are very excited to be staging a debut First Class fixture at Newclose Cricket Ground on the Isle of Wight.

”Having played Second XI matches there in recent years, we know that Newclose is a fantastic facility, with a good wicket and plenty of space for members and supporters.”

Hampshire will play Nottinghamshire at the ground, with the four-day match beginning on Monday 20th May.