Chesterfield’s Queen’s Park has been named as one of the top ten cricket outgrounds in the country.
A picturesque setting, which sees the playing area surrounded by trees and an enchanting pavilion, Queen’s Park remains an attraction for local and international cricket fans.
The Independent listed Queen’s Park as one of ten grounds to visit this year alongside Arundel Castle, Cheltenham, Guildford, Horsham, Richmond, Scarborough, Southport, Swansea and Tunbridge Wells.
The park, opened in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, is home to Chesterfield Cricket Club and welcomes county side Derbyshire for an annual week long festival.
Derbyshire return this summer for three matches to mark a tenth successive year of the festival. Northampton Steelbacks are first up in the T20 Blast (July 5), then Glamorgan in LV= County Championship (July 6) and Yorkshire Vikings finish it off in another T20 Blast fixture (July 12).
Chesterfield CC chairman Mike Taylor said: “It’s a great credit to Chesterfield Borough Council that Queen’s Park features as one of the best out grounds in the country, as this standing was only possible with the vision of the collaborative venture with English Heritage to restore the ground and the whole park to such a good standard.
“Everyone in the town should be proud of the ground’s status and of course many enjoy watching cricket there especially the thousands who flock there for the annual Chesterfield Festival which owes so much to the commitment of the council and the county club in staging first class cricket on the famous ground.
“Players from across the world love playing on the ground which by common consent is one of the most attractive in the country. They also appreciate the warm welcome from a knowledgable crowd and the excellent pitches prepared by groundsman Tim Nicholls.
“From the point of view of Chesterfield Cricket Club, it is a privilege to play in Queen’s Park which has enabled us to produce so many county professionals including Ben Slater with Derbyshire and Ross Whiteley with Worcestershire.”
Meanwhile Chesterfield CC are in need for an experienced 2nd XI scorer. Laptop provided and induction to electronic scoreboard at Queen’s Park. Small honorarium provided with free teas. Anyone interested should phone Steve Franks on (01246) 557059.