Ventnor Cricket Club have announced they have been accepted into the NatWest Under 19 Club T20 competition for 2015 and will play in the Hampshire and Dorset section administered by the Hampshire Cricket Board.
This exciting new initiative from the ECB is designed to offer players the opportunity to play age specific cricket with their peer group and friends.
The ECB commissioned research in 2013 and found that many players left the game after playing in under15 cricket. The research showed that younger players wanted shorter format cricket, played in coloured kit with a lively atmosphere and an environment where young players could develop their own skills and take more responsibility.
It is hoped that this competition, which was piloted in other areas of the country last season with considerable success, will help to generate an exciting cricket experience, particularly because it will be played during the school summer holidays when players will be free from the pressure of exams.
Ventnor are fortunate to have the backing of Park Resorts – Lower Hyde Holiday Park in Shanklin who have agreed to sponsor their T20 clothing.
Alex Horton will captain the side in their six group matches against Parley Sports, Fawley, Calmore, Bashley, New Milton and Old Tauntonians & Romsey.