Chief Executive Simon Storey expressed his disappointment after a second day’s play of Derbyshire’s match versus Kent at Queen’s Park was lost due to certain areas of the outfield being unfit.
Poor weather in the build-up to the fixture at Chesterfield resulted in soft ground conditions around the edge of the square which umpires deemed unfit for play.
Storey said: “It’s a real disappointment for everyone after all the hard work that has gone into preparing the ground and I’m sorry that the members and spectators from Derbyshire and Kent have had to go home again without any cricket. Unfortunately, the rain on Sunday and the downpour on Monday night has put paid to cricket on Tuesday and now Wednesday.
“Until this disappointment, this year has been real success at Queens Park and a huge amount of progress and investment has been made from last season when we lost the festival.
“The annual Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, including a Specsavers County Championship match against Durham and a NatWest T20 Blast game with Yorkshire earlier in the season were both held in front of capacity crowds. Chesterfield Cricket Club and Chesterfield Borough Council have also hosted two ICC Women’s World Cup warm-up games and an England Under 19’s Test match.”
The four-day fixture was moved to Chesterfield to minimise the risk of the pitch at Derby not being fit for play in the event of a period of particularly poor weather at the same time as the Boyzone concert on Saturday 16 September.
Storey said: “Cricket always comes first and the reason we do concerts and other events is to improve the team on the field and the reason we host major events, is to generate surplus to invest back into the cricket.”
Storey added: “We remain committed to Chesterfield, an out-ground that has been part of our history for over 100 years. Staging matches at an out ground inevitably means facilities are less developed than permanent venues but investment has been made to improve drainage at Queen’s Park and we will continue to work hard to do everything within our power to give games the best possible chance of going ahead.”
Supporters with matchday tickets for the first two days should retain their tickets and this can be used at either of the remaining two days during the 2017 season.
Alternatively, if a supporter is unable to attend, a refund may be claimed by applying in writing to the ticket office enclosing your ticket(s) along with your name and address.
Derbyshire’s final home game is vs Kent at Chesterfield. Save £4 by purchasing your matchday tickets in advance. While further discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Buy online or call 01332 388 101.