The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl is the new stadium for Hampshire County Cricket Club. It's also used for some international matches. It is one of the biggest cricket grounds in the country, with a capacity of 25,000 and a lovely setting, surrounded by green hills. In 2010 it hosted England internationals v Australia and Pakistan, and it 2011 it will be the venue for a test match v Sri Lanka.
Hampshire CCC are in the top divisions of the County Championship. They won the T20 Trophy in 2010, the Friends Provident Trophy in 2009, the C&G Trophy in 1991 and 2005, the Benson & Hedges Cup in 1988 and 1992, the 1-Day League Championship in 1975, 1978 and 1986, and the County Championship in 1961 and 1973. They are currently one of the strongest teams in the country and expected to win more honours in 2011. Famous players have included Barry Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall and possibly the greatest bowler of all-time, Shane Warne.
Matches are played from mid-April through to late September. Tickets for county matches cost £15 per day, while England games cost around £50. Car parking costs £8. For England games there is a free park-and-ride scheme. Take warm clothes as, even in summer, there is a cold wind swirling around inside the bowl.