The square at Derbyshire CCC is to be turned through 90 degrees and be ready for use one year ahead of schedule, the club have announced.
The square currently lies East-West which means the evening sun can stop play during day/night matches. The plan to turn the square so it runs North-South will eradicate this problem.
Derbyshire now intend to play all matches next season on the new pitches but will have to move the electronic scoreboard and two floodlight pylons to complete the job.
Chief Executive Keith Loring commented:
“The decision for Derbyshire to play in an East/West direction was made prior to any thoughts of floodlit cricket coming into the equation and – with increasing amounts of floodlit cricket frequenting the calendar with each passing year – the turning of the playing square was the logical step to take.
“The pitches maturing quickly enough for us to switch direction as early as next season is a huge bonus, especially bearing in mind the recently announced development to our seating.
“Our Head Groundsman Neil Godrich has been confident about the early switch for some time and – having practised on them several times recently – our Head of Cricket John Morris shared his view that these surfaces are ready for first-class and List A cricket.”
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