IT WAS a game to forget for Isle of Wight cricketer Adam Hose in his latest match for Wellington Firebirds in New Zealand's Burger King Super Smash T20 tournament yesterday (Friday). 

Up against Otago, the Firebirds lost by a single run, with Hose, 26, who grew up in Rookley, scoring just one run from two deliveries faced in their total of 166-9.

Island-born Hose, who plays for Warwickshire and is a star of their Birmingham Bears T20 side, did take a catch to dismiss New Zealand under-19 talent Josh Finnie in the middle order.

His next match for Wellington will be away at Central Districts, in New Plymouth, on Monday, December 31.

Hose joined the Firebirds on December 16 and will remain in New Zealand for the tournament for up to eight weeks, depending on the Firebirds' success in the Super Smash.

Adam’s grounding as a young cricketer on the Island, with Ventnor Cricket Club, and the support from the Isle of Wight Cricket Board, helped him develop into a top player, as others from the Island have done, such as former Ventnor team-mate, spinner Danny Briggs, who is established in the Sussex first team.