The Ageas Bowl is home to Hampshire Cricket – one of the 18 First Class cricketing counties in England and Wales.
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 (right), West Indian fast bowler Malcolm Marshall and England batsman Robin Smith amongst many others.
These days, Hampshire can count Internationally honoured players as well as some of the most exciting prospects in English cricket amongst it's ranks.
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 the Friends Life t20.
In 2014, Hampshire won the LV= County Championship Division Two title for the first time. The 2014 season also saw Hants reach a record fifth consecutive T20 Finals Day.
The club play in three domestic competitions over the summer months (April - September) – the LV= County Championship, the Royal London One-Day Cup and the NatWest T20 Blast.
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 played two Natwest Series One Day Internationals at the ground against Australia and New Zealand as well as a T20 International also against the Aussies. In 2014, The Ageas Bowl played host to only it's second ever Test Match as England triumphed to an impressive victory over India
The summer of 2015 will see The Ageas Bowl be the venue for two of England's One-Day Internationals against New Zealand (14th June) & Australia (3rd Sept).