A Fareham-based coach firm has been entrusted with Hampshire Cricket’s most precious cargo - its players.

The club has appointed Lucketts to provide away game transport for its first team for the next three years.

Players will travel in ultimate style on Lucketts’ £400,000 VIP coach, which boasts Sky TV, reclining leather seats and even its own kitchen.

Cricket fans will also be able to get a slice of the action, with Lucketts providing coach travel to selected away games.

Paul Barringer, sales and marketing director at Lucketts Travel, said: “ Having been based in the county since our inception more than 90 years ago, we’re big fans of Hampshire Cricket and see the responsibility of transporting the team and its fans as a real honour.”

Director of Cricket, Giles White said: “We are pleased to welcome Lucketts to Hampshire Cricket and the Ageas Bowl and we’re looking forward to travelling to and from matches in comfort over the coming seasons.”

Lucketts is also the official coach travel provider for Portsmouth FC and several other local football clubs among its customer base.