By SIMON WALTER
DIRECTIONS: (Satnav - SO30 3XH) After leaving the M27 at Junction 7, the route to the Ageas Bowl is now clearly signposted. By bus: First Bus run a service from Southampton city centre to the Rose Bowl, number 8A Mon-Sat, 4E Sunday). The buses run every 20 mins (Mon-Fri), half-hourly (Sat) and hourly (Sun). Journey time 30 mins. Solent Blue Line Service (numbers 29/29A) operate a service from Southampton Airport/Parkway station. Journey time 12 mins. Runs every 30 mins (Mon-Sat) and hourly on Sundays. By train: The nearest train station is Hedge End (Eastleigh/Portsmouth line via Fareham), a two- mile walk from the Rose Bowl. Turn right into Maunsell Way, left onto Tollbar Way (B3342) and, at the second roundabout take a right onto Botley Rd (signposted West End) before taking a left at the traffic lights.
CAR PARKING: Stewards will direct you into the car park behind the Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie stand on the eastern side of the ground. For the major matches, media parking will be behind the hotel. If you don't want to park at the far end of the ground, take the first exit from the mini-roundabout and park in the hotel car park. Enter the hotel and collect a 'keycard' for the media centre - this will enable you to operate the lift. Go to the second floor and turn left and left again to enter the press box.
FACILITIES: The press box for all matches during the 2016 season will be the new media centre in the Hilton Hotel, opposite the pavilion, see above for access. Lunch is provided. Press contacts: PR Jamie Hopkins: (07920 452524), Simon Walter (Southern Daily Echo, 07768 055239), Pat Symes (Press Association, 07747 012291). Tea and coffee may still be available on request at the Atrium Bar behind the pavilion, where food is also available at a price. Nearest supermarkets - Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, cashpoints and a petrol station are all situated off Junction 7, a two-minute drive from the Rose Bowl.
ACCOMMODATION:Hilton Hotel (02382 020900) either side of the press box; Express by Holiday Inn (02380 606060), which is situated at the Ageas Bowl's entrance; Botley Park Hotel Golf & Country Club, Winchester Road (01489 780888); Marriott Meon Valley, Sandy Lane (01329 833455); Primrose Cottage, West End (02380 466348); Twin Oaks Guest House, 43 Upper Northam Rd, Hedge End (01489 690054); Strawberry Cottage, Shamblehurst Manor, Old Shamblehurst Lane, Hedge End (01489 795289), which is a family-run bed & breakfast situated in the garden of a Grade II listed Tudor manor house; Mariners House, 24 Nelsons Gardens, Hedge End (01489 796467).
LEISURE: West End Brewery, High St, West End. The nearest pub to the Rose Bowl won Real Pubs' '2003 Pub of the Year'. The Barleycorn, Lower Northam Rd, Hedge End. The Fountain Inn, St Johns Rd, Hedge End. Restaurants: West End Tandoori, 52a High St (02380 477415). Berni Classics, 3 Charles Watts Way, Hedge End (01489 789666). Fast food joints: Burger King, Tollbar Way, Hedge End, McDonalds, Tollbar Way, Hedge End. Itchen Valley Country Park, Allington Lane, West End . 440 acres of woodland and meadows open from 8.30am - 9.30pm (BST). The Hamble Valley (www.hamblevalley.com) Includes The Hamble River ('The Heart of British Yachting'), and the Royal Victoria Country Park, which is a six mile drive from the Rose Bowl. County Golf Club (02380 471111). Nine-hole course next to the Nursery Ground at the Rose Bowl. Hedge End Golf Centre, Upper Northam Rd (01489 773890). 50-bay driving range. The Odeon, Leisure World, West Quay Rd, Southampton (02380 222111). The Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton.
DIRECTIONS: Newclose County Cricket Ground, Blackwater Road, Newport PO30 3BE Tel 01983 824570 where the main cricket contact is Hugh Griffiths Tel 07768 552682.
FACILITIES: The ground has temporary media facilities and a wifi-code can be gained from Newclose Staff or Hampshire CCC Media staff. Car parking is available adjacent to the ground for press and media.