BREAKING: Queen’s Park to host county cricket for next five years

SHIPLEY Hall cricket update.
SHIPLEY Hall cricket update.

Chesterfield’s Queen’s Park will continue to host first-class cricket for the next five years.

Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet has approved a deal with Derbyshire County Cricket Club which will see Chesterfield Festival of Cricket continue for the next five years.

At least six days of county cricket will be played at the picturesque ground each year and will see Derbyshire celebrate its 150th anniversary with a visit to Chesterfield in 2020.

Derbyshire CCC chief executive Simon Storey said: “The Chesterfield Festival of Cricket is a highlight of Derbyshire’s cricketing calendar every summer.

“Whilst moving a county cricket club operation represents a huge logistics challenge, the feedback we receive – whether it’s players, national media, members, local businesses and school children – is that this is a real jewel in Derbyshire’s crown. It is a unique opportunity for the town to attract visitors and inspire the next generation of cricketers in the north of the county.

“We are, therefore, delighted to be extending our partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council and Chesterfield Cricket Club which ensures that we are able to look forward to celebrating our 150th anniversary of Derbyshire CCC with a traditional summer visit to Queen’s Park in 2020.

“We are now a good position to secure a long-term sponsor for the event which can only be good for the festival as we seek to build on its success.”

Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy Amanda Serjeant added: “One of our priorities is to hold events for the community and the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket is one of the most popular in our calendar.

“The NatWest T20 Blast game between Derbyshire Falcons and Yorkshire Vikings at this year’s event was a sell-out and throughout the festival, cricket fans went into the town centre spending in our shops and bars, contributing to the local economy.

“As part of the deal, Derbyshire County Cricket Club is also giving opportunities for young people to get involved in sport and increase their fitness.”