J. Samuel White's Ground

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J. Samuel White's Ground
Ground information
Location Cowes, Isle of Wight
Coordinates 50°45′26″N 1°18′44″W / 50.7572°N 1.3121°W / 50.7572; -1.3121
Establishment 1953
Owner Isle of Wight Council
Domestic team information
Hampshire (1956–1962)

J. Samuel White's Ground (also known as Plessey Ground) is a sports ground in Park Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. The ground is owned by the Isle of Wight Council and is surrounded by residential housing. A multitude of sports have been played at the ground, including cricket, football and bowls.[1]

History[edit]

The ground was originally owned by J. Samuel White & Co. Ltd., a ship builders based in Cowes. The company constructed the ground in 1953, with construction being funded by subscriptions from employees of the company.[2] Hampshire first played first-class cricket there three years later in 1956, when Worcestershire were the visitors in the County Championship,[3] with Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie scoring the maiden century on the ground in Hampshire's first-innings, followed by Laddy Outschoorn in Worcestershire's second-innings. The match ended in a draw.[4] Hampshire played a match there each year until 1962, playing seven first-class matches there.[3] However, J.Samuel White & Co. Ltd. fell on hard times, with the company's Cowes shipyard closing in 1963, bringing to an Hampshire's use of the ground.[2] The ground was sought after for development, but planning was refused, with the ground falling into disuse.[2]

The ground was later bought in 1978 by the Isle of Wight Council. The council sought to offload the ground to a community based organisation in 1984, with a lease being agreed with the Plessey Club.[1] The Milne Memorial Sports Ground Co. Ltd was formed to acquire the lease and manage the day-to-day running of the club. When first acquired, the clubs membership was only open to employees and ex-employees of Plessey's and J. Samuel White & Co.[1] Having been disused by until 1984, the cricket ground and football grounds had been used for hay making, the tennis courts and bowling greens were in a state of disrepair, as was the pavilion. The club borrowed £65,000 to extend the pavilion and £10,000 to building a new clubhouse for the bowling greens.[1] Hampshire returned there for a match in 1987 in aid of Malcolm Marshall's benefit,[2] though the game didn't carry first-class or List A status. Today, the cricket ground is used by Cowes Cricket Club.[5] More recently, the club was able to acquire Lottery funding to the tune of £330,000 for an indoor bowls facility, though this was only possible by club members lending £100,000 themselves. The club is today open to membership for all residents of the Isle of Wight.[1][6]

Records[edit]

First-class[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "History of IWCC". www.iw-communityclub.co.uk. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Ground profile: J. Samuel White's Ground". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "First-Class Matches played on J Samuel White's Ground, Cowes". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Hampshire v Worcestershire, 1956 County Championship". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Cowes Cricket Club". www.cowes.play-cricket.com. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Isle of Wight Community Club". www.iw-communityclub.co.uk. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hampshire v Glamorgan, 1960 County Championship". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "J Samuel White's Ground, Cowes - Lowest Team Totals in first-class cricket". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "J Samuel White's Ground, Cowes - Centuries in first-class cricket". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "J Samuel White's Ground, Cowes - Seven Wickets in an Innings in first-class cricket". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "J Samuel White's Ground, Cowes - Most Wickets in a Match in first-class cricket". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 

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Coordinates: 50°45′26″N 1°18′44″W / 50.7572°N 1.3121°W / 50.7572; -1.3121