is one of the 18 major county
clubs which make up the English
structure, representing the historic county of Hampshire
. Their limited overs team is called the Hampshire Royals
following a link up with the Rajasthan Royals
, after previously being known as the Hampshire Hawks
. Their kit colours are yellow and royal blue.
The club plays the majority of its home games at The Rose Bowl
, newly built in 2001 and located at West End
, near Southampton
. Hampshire was previously based at the County Ground in Northlands Road, Southampton
, which had been its home since 1885. The team had also played many matches in Portsmouth
at the United Services Recreation Ground
and in Bournemouth
at Dean Park
and occasional games in Aldershot
before moving all competitive matches to The Rose Bowl. In 2008 matches at May's Bounty
in Basingstoke resumed and one county fixture is played there each year.
Hampshire are currently in Division One of the County Championship
, a competition they have won twice. Their most recent success was on 14 August 2010 when they won the 2010 Friends Provident t20
at their home ground, beating Somerset
as a result of losing fewer wickets in their innings, after the scores were tied.
A Latin poem by Robert Matthew in 1647 contains a probable reference to cricket being played by pupils of Winchester College
on nearby St. Catherine’s......