Chesterfield is to host a six day Cricket Festival this August with Derbyshire County Cricket Club (DCCC) as a new five-year contract begins.
Chesterfield Borough Council recently penned the new deal with the County Club which secures first-class cricket at the fabulous Queen’s Park in Chesterfield.
Derbyshire returned to Queen’s Park in 2006 and the summer festival has gone from strength to strength, attracting healthy crowds and proving to be popular venue with supporters and players alike.
The original five year contract with Chesterfield Borough Council came to an end in 2010 and a five year deal has been struck to secure more Derbyshire fixtures at the ground until 2015.
The new Chesterfield Cricket Festival (14th – 21st August 2011) will include a four day LV = County Championship match against Northamptonshire plus Clydesdale Bank 40 one-day matches against Yorkshire Carnegie and Middlesex Panthers.
Cllr David Stone, Lead Member for Safe, Healthy and Active Communities said: “This is great news for the Borough. This new five year agreement shows the Council’s commitment to keeping first class cricket at Queen’s Park since it secured its return in 2006 and strengthens the town’s position as a top venue for running some of the best cricket in the country.
“We’re sure the new Chesterfield Cricket Festival will continue to be a firm favourite with cricket fans as well as helping to boost our local business and tourism economies.”
Don Amott, Chairman of Derbyshire County Cricket Club said: “We are delighted to sign this new agreement with Chesterfield Borough Council. The partnership over the past five years worked extremely well and we’re looking forward with increased enthusiasm to the six day festival in August.
“Since our return to the ground in 2006, Chesterfield has become a memorable and integral part of our cricketing summer.”