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DescriptionNewclose County Cricket Ground is the new county cricket ground for the Isle of Wight, which opened in September 2008. It is located between Newport and Blackwater and cost almost £1.7m to build. It is a gold standard ground and is home to the Island's representative cricket sides. The Isle of Wight was recently granted minor county status and the Island is the first in the country to have its own county ground. The Newclose County Cricket Ground complex includes a substantial pavilion and clubhouse with bar and restaurant, practice nets, sightscreens, and electronic scoreboard. The Isle of Wight cricket board envisage it being used only for cricket, with around 48 matches a season.
The majority of the funding for Newclose County Cricket Ground came from local businessman and cricket aficionado 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."