Cricket: Festival receives fresh boost as anticipation heightens

Hill Dickenson to sponsor this year's Chesterfield cricket festival
Hill Dickenson to sponsor this year's Chesterfield cricket festival

International law firm Hill Dickinson will be the official sponsor of this year’s 
Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, held at Queen’s Park.

The company, with offices in Sheffield, London, Manchester, Liverpool and overseas, has thrown its support behind the six-day event which begins on Sunday, June 14.

It includes Friends Life T20 and LV= County Championship fixtures between local rivals Derbyshire and Yorkshire, followed by Derbyshire Falcons v Durham Dynamos on the final Sunday.

The Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket will represent the first time that title sponsorship has been attributed to a commercial partner for the annual event since its return in 2006.

Derbyshire-born Neil Thompson, partner at Hill Dickinson, said it was an exciting time to get involved with cricket.

He said: “A vision to reinforce the festival as an event for the wider Chesterfield community and the ambitions of the club as a whole, both on and off-the field, make it a perfect fit.”

The law firm will work together with Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Chesterfield Borough Council and Chesterfield Cricket Club to bring the festival to the town.

Derbyshire County Cricket chief executive Simon Storey said the partnership was crucial to its plans for success.

He said: “We are delighted to be working together with Hill Dickinson and carrying their name during our Chesterfield Festival week.”

Borough councillor Amanda Serjeant, executive member for leisure, tourism and culture confirmed the importance that the annual festival has for the historic market town.

She said: “The council spends £20,000 supporting the cricket festival because it provides an opportunity for local residents and visitors to see first-class cricket within the idyllic setting of Queen’s Park, which has long been recognised as one of the most beautiful cricket grounds within the country.

“The festival helps to attract new visitors to Chesterfield, which benefits local businesses and also helps encourage young people to take part in sport and physical activity.”

Dominic Stevens from Destination Chesterfield added that this year’s festival will attract people from across Derrbyshire, Yorkshire and further afield.

He said: “We look forward to Derbyshire CCC coming back to Queen’s Park.”