There were wins for Durham, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Glamorgan and Middlesex in the evening's Friends Life t20 matches. Meanwhile, at Cheltenham, Kent and Gloucestershire set up a last day run chase in their LV= County Championship Division Two match.
The LV= County Championship made a return as the Friends Life t20 takes a break before its return in earnest at the weekend. There were good performances today from Mark Footitt, Michael Yardy, Varun Chopra and James Vince
Schools from the Southampton area who have limited or no access to sports equipment are set to receive cricket and rugby kit donated to LV= SOS Kit Aid at The Rose Bowl on the 14th September. The day represents the next step in the award-winning schemeâ€™s ambitious pledge to recycle an incredible 20,000kgs of sporting equipment by the end of the year.
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi is set to feature for Hampshire in their Friends Life t20 quarter-final, the club has confirmed.
Afridi missed the final match of the group stage of the competition following the death of his father but has since expressed his intention to play for the Royals once again.
Hampshire wicket-keeper Nic Pothas has been ruled out of any cricket for two to three weeks after undergoing an emergency appendix operation.
He was diagnosed with appendicitis having been suffering with stomach pains and was operated on successfully at Southampton General hospital.
In a move that will help cricket fans trying to get to and from the England v Sri Lanka npower Test match that is taking place at The Rose Bowl from 16 â€“ 20 June 2011, 700 additional on-site car parking spaces and a number of extra bus journeys connecting the ground with Southampton Central Station, have been secured.
Hampshire Cricket Limited today [Thursday 2nd June] announced the signing of a one year partnership with Virgin Atlantic.
The deal will see the iconic brand become an Official Travel Partner to the club. It will also mean Virgin Atlantic will have a presence at key events in the Rose Bowl calendar including a number of the Hampshire Royalsâ€™ Friends Life t20 competition fixtures and the immensely popular â€˜Business Southâ€™ exhibition held at The Rose Bowl in February 2012.
Hampshire have confirmed that Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi will not be available for the start of the Friends Life t20 competition but they are pushing hard to retain his services.
Afridi has had his No Objection Certificate (NOC) revoked by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after he announced his decision to retire from international cricket.
Hampshire Cricket is pleased to announce that their shirt sponsor for the 2011 Friends Life t20 campaign is the Barbados Tourism Authority.
The deal means the Barbados Tourism Authority becomes Official Twenty20 Shirt Sponsor and Travel Partner to Hampshire Cricket and The Rose Bowl. The Royals, therefore, will feature the "Visit Barbados" logo on the teamâ€™s new yellow T20 shirt.
Hampshire will wait on the fitness of Johann Myburgh as they prepare to host local rivals Sussex in a key LV= County Championship match at The Rose Bowl from 4th May.
Youngster Benny Howell has been drafted into the matchday squad and a decision on Myburgh's participation will be made on the morning of the match.
Hampshire will be able to call upon fit-again fast bowler Simon Jones and wicket-keeper Nic Pothas when they take on Somerset in their LV= County Championship match from 27th April at The Rose Bowl.
Jones took four wickets in Hampshire's opening Clydesdale Bank fixture against Warwickshire having suffered a groin injury earlier in the season while Pothas returns having been ruled out with a groin problem.
Hampshire cricketers James Tomlinson and David Griffiths have taken part in a pre-season coaching session with the Hampshire Elite Disability Cricketers at The Rose Bowl.
James and David put the Hampshire Disability Players through their paces ahead of the teamâ€™s first game against Essex on May 8th as their Hampshire team mates took part in their first day of the First XIâ€™s friendly against Bradford/Leeds UCCE.
Hampshire Cricket is delighted to announce an exclusive partnership with Paris Smith Solicitors. The Southampton-based firm â€“ which is one of the largest independent regional firms of solicitors and Planning Consultants in Central Southern England â€“ will be the clubâ€™s official legal partner.
Hampshire Cricket is delighted to announce that accountancy and wealth creation specialists, PROBIZ will sponsor the teamâ€™s LV= County Championship shirts for the 2011 season.
PROBIZ has existing major sponsorship arrangements across a range of sports including football, cricket and rugby league and has just been named as sponsor of the Rugby League's prestigious World Club Challenge.
The Rose Bowl will increase its capacity to more than 20,000 for the One-Day International between England and India on 6th September following unprecedented demand for tickets.
An extra 7000 seats will be added in time for the match, which despite being almost six months away, has almost sold out and fans are being urged to book early to avoid disappointment.
All-rounder Dominic Cork will captain Hampshire this season after the club revealed that Dimitri Mascarenhas is unlikely to be available for the start of the new season.
Cork stood in and captained the side to the Friends Provident t20 title in 2010 following injuries to Mascarenhas and Nic Pothas and following him signing a one-year contract to stay at The Rose Bowl, he has now been appointed as club captain.