Derbyshire will be ready to start the 2010 domestic season with their pitch turned 90 degrees after Derby City Council granted formal planning permission for the next stage of work.
Work will now begin on moving two floodlight towers to accommodate the new North/South pitches, which will be used for the first time when Derbyshire take on Loughborough UCCE from 3rd April.
The two pylons will then be moved on 6th April and will be ready for the first floodlit match on 9th June.
Work has also been carried to install three-phase electricity around the perimeter of the ground and install a new sprinkler irrigation system.
“A lot of work has taken place over the winter to get ready for this decision and the club appreciates the great support from Derby City Council in ensuring that sun-stopped play stoppages are now consigned to the past.
“With the introduction of more T20 and floodlit limited-overs cricket, it became paramount that the club took this decision to turn the playing square.
“With Lancashire about to turn their wicket for similar reasons, the result will be that all counties will play in a north/south direction.
“This is just the beginning of our plans and we already have applications in place for 2,000 new seats and a new permanent marquee, everything ensuring that we take Derbyshire County Cricket Club forward and make the County Ground a place of which everybody in Derbyshire can be proud.
“Now it is onward in the hope that we receive further planning permission for our new seats and marquee in time for the visit of Australia on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th July; and the Derbyshire Festival of Cricket – Celebrating 140 Years, from Thursday 15th to Wednesday 21st July.
“Our Patron, His Grace the Duke of Devonshire KVCO CBE DL, recently commented that the people of Derbyshire should be proud to be one of only 18 counties in the country with a first-class cricket team.
“We are now taking steps to ensure that we also have a county cricket ground of which our members, supporters, sponsors and corporate partners can be very proud.”
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