Monday 23 July 2007 

Chesterfield Festival Matches Switched After Rain

The Chesterfield Festival due to be played at Queen’s Park later this week has been postponed with the fixtures switched to the County Ground, Derby.

The persistent heavy rain of recent weeks have left the playing surface and the rest of the park extremely wet and the prospect of playing any cricket at the ground in the next week is minimal even if there is no further rain.

A meeting between officials from the County Cricket Club, Chesterfield Borough Council and Chesterfield Cricket Club will be held as soon as possible with a view to re-scheduling the Festival Week for later this summer.

The postponement means the LV County Championship match with Somerset and the Nat West Pro40 match with Kent Spitfires will now take place at the County Ground, Derby. All tickets purchased for the Chesterfield match will be valid for the County Ground and Festival season tickets will be valid for the rearranged fixtures later this season.

Chief Executive Tom Sears said: ‘This is obviously a hugely disappointing decision to have to make but it is the right one. Both myself and officials from the Council inspected the ground and park this morning and there is next to no chance of playing any cricket at Queen’s Park later this week, even it the weather remains dry.

‘The forecast is not good and with the outfield already sodden we have no alternative but to postpone the Festival and transfer the fixtures to Derby.

‘We will be meeting with everyone concerned with a view to re-scheduling the Festival week for later this season. I would like to thank everyone involved at Chesterfield Borough Council and Chesterfield Cricket Club for their help, particularly the groundstaff who have tried so hard to make the week happen, but ultimately there is nothing more anyone could have done.

‘I am confident we will be back at Queen’s Park in August or early September and the Festival will repeat last year’s enormous success.’

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