Hampshire County Cricket Club has welcomed some of the world’s top players through its doors over the years. Shane Warne, Michael Clarke, David Gower, Kevin Pietersen, Wasim Akram and Gordon Greenidge are just some of the big names who have played their county cricket in Hampshire.
Hampshire is home to the largest cricket league in the world. In 2019, the Hampshire Cricket League had 20 divisions, with 306 teams welcoming over 3,000 players to the crease every week in the summer months but club figures have been declining and one of the biggest casualties being over 130 years old. This is mainly due to a significant drop in the number of players.
Many proposals have been put forward to try and prevent the playing numbers from declining further in the future with many ideas but this does not address the real issue. What about attracting new, younger players?
With advances in technology in today’s game when watching cricket on television such as Hawkeye and a vast array of machines, players at village level do not have access to such equipment or the services to have fun and improve their games.