`OUT OF THE MOUTHS....'
To stage and run The Rose Bowl's first One Day International (ODI) may have been a real, if somewhat daunting, challenge, but one that proved to be a resounding success.
No-one can be more critical that the national media... here's what they had to say after the event:
`England's most beautiful ground.' - David Hopps, The Guardian
`The Rose Bowl deserves comparison with any international cricket ground in the world ...what Hampshire have done is fantastic.' - Ian Botham
`I'll be giving it [The Rose Bowl] the thumbs up...what Hampshire have done here is very good, the facilities are excellent.' - Clive Lloyd, match referee and West Indian cricketer
`It would be tempting to recommend The Rose Bowl for immediate promotion to the First Division of international grounds. The view from the North End is probably the finest in the country.' - Simon Briggs, Daily Telegraph
`A magnificent setting...one of the most scenic grounds in England.' - Geoffrey Dean, The Times
`The Rose Bowl staged international cricket for the first time - and how the public loved it.' - Neil Allen, The News