Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, will continue to host first-class cricket for the next five years after the Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet approved a deal with Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
In 2015, the Club hosted the Festival for the tenth successive year at Queen’s Park and the six days of first-class cricket proved to be popular with the locals.
The NatWest T20 Blast fixture with Yorkshire Vikings to round off the Festival was a complete sell-out with over 4,500 spectators packed into the picturesque park.
The Falcons tasted success versus the Vikings after having played out a well-fought draw with Glamorgan in the LV= County Championship and suffered a narrow Twenty20 defeat to Northants Steelbacks the previous Sunday.
After the new deal to return to Chesterfield for five years was announced, Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “The Chesterfield Festival of Cricket is a highlight of Derbyshire’s cricketing calendar every summer.
“Whilst moving a county cricket club operation represents a huge logistics challenge, the feedback we receive – whether it’s players, national media, Members, local businesses and school children – is that this is a real jewel in Derbyshire’s crown. It is a unique opportunity for the town to attract visitors and inspire the next generation of cricketers in the north of the county.
“We are, therefore, delighted to be extending our partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council and Chesterfield Cricket Club which ensures that we are able to look forward to celebrating our 150th anniversary of Derbyshire CCC with a traditional summer visit to Queen’s Park in 2020.
“We are now a good position to secure a long-term sponsor for the event which can only be good for the Festival as we seek to build on its success.”
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